Getting to know us recruit

Getting to know us

Founded in 1988, we recruit for the very broad fields of digital, marketing, PR and creative sectors. We work with clients in two distinct sectors – agency and in-house. The types of agencies we work with range from brand and design agencies, to full-service digital outfits, and everything in between. In-house, we have recruited for an eclectic mix of companies from national retailers, house builders, and manufacturers, to premier league football clubs, universities, charities, professional services, and innovative tech firms.

We’ve helped companies recruit at all levels. From a small independent digital agency taking on their first hire, to a multi-national property PLC. Whatever the level, we apply the same basic principles. We understand what our client is looking for in terms of skills, and cultural fit, and we work together to find the most credible candidate. No recruitment strategy is static – it will constantly evolve to suit your unique needs.

Our USP is our knowledge, and it’s expansive. The key recruiters, Simon, Debra, and Emma, are business owners, so we fully understand the importance of placing candidates that will add value to your business. We’ve dedicated most of our lives to this sector. Knowing what works and what doesn’t has become second nature to us. Our drive and passion is to unite individuals, with gravitas and credibility, to inspiring businesses.

We fully appreciate that the cost of replacing employees is an excessive one. So, our intention is to provide employees who are manageable and respect your business. The service we offer is honest and discreet. The more information you give us about the role, company, and your culture, the better our understanding will be of your requirements. A lot of our current clients used to be our candidates, and there is no better testament to our service and ethics than this.

Over the last decade, the agency and in-house scene has changed beyond recognition, and will no doubt continue to evolve. We’ve too have evolved, and it’s been a fascinating ride! At the time of writing, December 2017, demand is still outstripping supply in the agency and in-house marketing sectors, but our history of attracting and sourcing candidates means that we will always find that little golden nugget for you.

The following are some of the most commonly asked questions:

How much will it cost?

The most common question, which is why our fee structure is transparent with no hidden charges or upfront cost. Our fees are provided on request before the process begins. And it’s important to remember, there is no charge unless we are successful in placing someone with you. You are not just paying for the provision of a CV. We have years’ and years’ experience of assessing candidates’ CVs. We know what’s right and what isn’t, no matter what is written on paper. Our ultimate aim is to provide the most suitable candidate that meets your requirements. We’d like to print our fee structure here, but our competitors might take a peek!

How long will it take?

For more junior roles, we allow a period of 2-4 weeks, from brief to a verbal offer, and acceptance. For more senior roles, you should allow 8 weeks, sometimes longer. In the past, we have filled openings within 48 hours to one week. But, in this current market, where there is the biggest shortage of candidates since 2004, there is no quick fix. It pays dividends to take time to source the right candidate, since they will be with you for a long time to come.

How will you find our candidate?

We utilise our database of previously interviewed candidates and advertise on our own website, which is kept as simple as possible and is purposely built to attract candidates from a wide berth of online channels. Your role will also be advertised on our social media channels, as well as sites such as Guardian, Indeed, Only Marketing, and Reed. We ensure your role is being pitched and placed correctly. We like to keep things simple and pain free. In short, we shortlist, acknowledge all unsuccessful candidates, and provide you with a considered shortlist.

Who will I be dealing with?

An extensively experienced recruiter will work with you all the way through. This is to ensure that you can talk to someone you know and who will have the relevant information at their fingertips with the minimum delay. All our consultants have more than ten years’ experience each, and are more than equipped to help you through the process.

Why should we use you?

In essence, our knowledge is deep and extensive within our specified sectors and our integrity is what we hold on to most. We’ve been doing it for 30 years and we don’t have a high turnover of staff, so even if you only recruit once every year, you’ll probably be speaking to the same person. We don’t blag because there is no point in doing so, and we will be honest with you. We’ll provide you a detailed insight into a candidate’s skill set and expertise, and we’ll know if they are right or wrong for your business.

What help and advice do you offer clients and candidates?

What comes around goes around. We advise both sides on what we think will best serve them, based on our experience. We never put pressure on anyone to get another fee because it will return to bite you on the backside. At the end of the day, we are dealing with people’s businesses and lives – it’s not something to mess around with.

Have you met all your candidates?

We endeavour to meet all candidates face-to-face – we believe it is an essential part of the process. The only exception to this rule is if a candidate lives outside the region or is unable to make a face-to-face meeting due to work commitments. Recruitment is a dark industry and, for people who don’t work in it, it can be hard to fathom what actually goes on behind the scenes. We hope the above has given you some insight into our pedigree and ethics.