Having worked in the recruitment industry for 18 years I believe I know what makes a good recruitment agency.
I started in recruitment in 2002 working within Education Recruitment.
Prior to this I worked for House of Fraser immediately after completing my A-Levels & entered their 2 year Management Training course. This gave me an amazing insight into running business as part of the training I had to run every department within the store for 3 months & rotated around the store.
After Leaving House of Fraser I worked for Jane Shilton as National Sales Manager
I then had my son & following a return to work decided that driving up & down the country wasn’t for me & moved into the world of Recruitment.
Working in Education Recruitment entailed a start of 7am every day in order to cover emergency bookings for schools for the day ahead – it was fast paced & incredibly rewarding.
After 9 months the company asked me to help set up the Social Care desk which we did very successfully.
Having left the company due to family commitments (my son starting school I couldn’t realistically be at my desk at 7am every day) & giving myself a couple of months off I decided to set up Semester as a bespoke recruitment agency with Rob Arnold.
We wanted to create a recruitment company that wasn’t simply focused on numbers & figures but actually provided the agency worker with a friendly, professional, knowledgeable experience & provided the clients with an agency they could rely on, who were professional, would could make quick decisions, were cost effective but above all had a good understanding of their needs & could deliver a quality service.
It was always very important if a client or candidate wanted to speak to myself or Rob we would be on hand to help in any way we could – we didn’t want people to feel like they were “just a number” We haven’t always got it right, but we try our absolute best, we know the market, we know the pressures clients & candidates are under & we try to be the calming influence needed in what can be stressful situations whether you need emergency cover for staff shortages or you are looking for a new career path we can help.
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