Wondering what it’s like to work in recruitment? We look back at our past 18 years in Bath and what we’ve learned so far.
Issue 349 of Bath Life celebrated the magazine’s 15th year in the city and highlighted many similarly longstanding businesses. Well, it got us feeling rather nostalgic!
We’re honoured to have reached the point where some of our candidates were born at the same time as our agency – in 1999. You can imagine how much the city and recruiting landscape has changed in that time. Yet some things remain constant…
It will always be an honour to work in recruitment
We are privileged to support candidates in making their career decisions while helping local businesses to build and shape their teams. This means stepping behind the doors of some fascinating growing brands and gaining firsthand insight into what motivates people’s working lives.
The highs are never dampened
That feeling that comes when a candidate lands their dream job or a client shares some outstanding feedback never leaves. There’s a real buzz that comes from playing such an active part in this, and seeing people progress in the way they’d hoped (and often hadn’t fully imagined possible).
Challenges will always remain
Working in recruitment naturally means working closely with people and businesses; both of which exist within complex landscapes! We’re now almost 10 years past the start of the UK’s most recent major financial crisis. We all know how bleak things could have been for Bath, yet also know how well the city has weathered the storm. We feel fortunate to have supported local people and brands through such a time. Today, the Skills Shortage is one of recruitment –and the nation’s– greatest working challenges. However, we’ve found the positives and have been able to advise job-seekers and employers alike. New challenges will surely come, yet we can all work through them.
It’s a joy to find the perfect CV
Rather like the highs mentioned above, there’s something so special about receiving a CV, or first meeting a person, that so closely matches a recruiting role. Of course, for many roles including specialist and niche opportunities, this can be more akin to a treasure hunt in which it’s we as recruiters searching for the ideal candidates!
It’s important to keep your finger on the pulse
As regional recruiters, we need to be aware of what’s happening in the Bath (and surrounding) business community, as well as the wider impact of national business/economic change. We must also be aware of the changing values of today’s employees. Over the past 18 years, many priorities have shifted. It’s our role to ascertain precisely what these are and help people to make the best decisions for their needs.
There’s always something happening
If you’re bored in recruitment, you’re doing something wrong! Each day presents a new schedule. We may be out visiting clients, holding back-t0-back candidate interviews, undertaking CV searches, phoning candidates for initial chats, attending business fairs, networking with other businesses…really, the list does go on and it makes our days all the more rewarding!
The REC is a positive force for us all
You’ll see we often share the latest REC findings to help keep you as job-seekers and employers informed as to what’s happening in the world of recruitment. We’ve been proud members of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation for many years now and have witnessed some amazing work from this not-for-profit organisation. Not only does the REC Code of Ethics help keep you safe from unsavoury recruitment practices, they also work closely with the government to champion your interests. Essentially, their goal is to ‘build a world-class jobs market’…and the all the stats suggest they’re succeeding!
Your team makes all the difference
We understand exactly why employers are challenged to find the ‘right people’. After all, we realise how fortunate we are to spend each day working with our dedicated team of recruitment consultants; alongside our efficient office and finance team who make sure everything runs smoothly! However many changes have happened between 1999 and 2017, this part has always remained at the core of our service.
We thank you all for joining us on this (somewhat nostalgic!) journey. Here’s to many more years in this wonderful business community. To discuss your recruitment needs, please call the office on 01225 313130.