What we will do for you
As a candidate you can be sure of our discretion and confidentiality throughout every stage of the recruitment process. We will make sure that you are kept informed of all developments and that you are always fully briefed before you attend an interview. To make sure that you get as much as possible from every interview, we always ask for feedback from employers so that you can learn from and build upon the experience.
Representing our candidates
When we act on your behalf, we think of ourselves as your ambassador, and as such we operate the highest possible standards of service. We think that it’s important that you experience an excellent service at all times, even if your application isn't successful. We handle all correspondence on your behalf, saving you valuable time.
Consultant knowledge and expertise
Once registered as a candidate, a consultant with detailed knowledge of your industry sector and discipline will be assigned to you. Our service to you is free and our commitment is to do as much as we can to help you find your next job. We will only put you forward for roles that are specifically suitable to you. As sector and industry specialists we receive a constant flow of relevant roles that we present to suitable candidates; however we will not put you forward for a role without first discussing it with you. Over time many of our candidates build a lasting relationship with their consultant, which continues as their career develops.
The interview process
We will provide you with a full briefing of the role, the company and the process to expect. We only put candidates forward for roles that they are interested in and capable of undertaking. Should a candidate be rejected, the rejection is given verbally and the reasoning behind our decision is always fully explained as a guide for future applications.
Applying for a new position involves a huge investment of time and effort. We make sure that we provide comprehensive feedback to candidates following the interview stage. This is important as the information we give will help us to prepare you for the next stage, or move your job search forward in a positive way.
Naturally, we feel that every stage of the recruitment process is vital, yet we consider the offer management stage to be crucial. We pride ourselves on being able to manage this delicate stage professionally, whilst remaining unbiased. We often act as a bridge between client and candidate and we will negotiate on your behalf to ensure that an agreement is reached which suits both parties.
We provide a referencing service to our clients, who will receive a report detailing your education and professional qualifications, as well as your key competencies for the role. This gives them an excellent all-round perspective on your background and provides them with reassurance that we have found the right person for the right position. You will be treated with complete respect at all stages of this process and can also take comfort that we carry out these checks. Confidentiality is of great importance to us; your details will only be shared with a company in the final stages of the offer process.
Even after the placement is agreed, our job is far from done. We arrange a post-placement review meeting where we can discuss the entire process. The process is important to us as we ask for and act on candidates’ comments, building a continually better experience with each appointment.
What you can do for yourself
Whilst we are working on your behalf there are steps you can take to ensure you get the role you want.
Keeping in touch with your consultant
Your consultant will be more effective and efficient if they know clearly what you want. It is important to get in touch with your consultant if you find yourself a job, your requirements change or if your CV changes significantly.
Networking for success
The key to successful career development is to liaise with people you already know in order to develop a wider network of contacts. This should enable you to understand what is happening within the current marketplace and if there are any opportunities people may be aware of.
When you are looking for a job, you should let the influential people around you be aware of your situation. Make a list of friends and family who are employed, as well as present and past colleagues. After you have compiled your list, contact them by phone, letter or e-mail. The process should be relatively informal since you already have an association with these people. Some ideas for key questions you can ask are:
- What would be the best way to get into X company?
- Do you know anyone that could help me in this area?
- Do you know of any companies that are currently recruiting in the area I am looking to work in?
It might be an idea to distribute copies of your CV to your contacts because this could lead it to ending up in the hands of your ideal employer. Networking is a great opportunity to meet people you don’t know and is key to successfully finding your next job. For example, many companies exhibit at industry trade shows where you can talk to employers and apply for jobs on the day, or there may be professional organisations that you can join where you will be able to meet fellow professionals within your sector. Make sure when you go that you have prepared some key questions to ask and have an up-to-date CV with you.