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Celebrating 7 years in business

They say if you do what you love you never work a day in your life. 

Well that is true for me. After being in recruitment for 16 years I would forgive myself for being a bit complacent or needing a change. But to my surprise I am just as passionate about my profession as I ever have been. 

Seven years ago, I took a leap of faith and did something that I had admittedly been dreaming of since I started in recruitment 10 years before - starting my own recruitment business. 

I grew up with my father being very entrepreneurial and running small businesses my entire childhood, so starting a business you could say was in my blood. This said it took me 10 years honing my craft in corporate business before the timing ended up being right. 

Seven years ago I left a role that admittedly I was not passionate about after 6 months (more my fault than theirs) and finally took the plunge to start my own recruitment business.

At the start of my journey, I wanted to put as much distance as I could between my business and the word ‘Recruiter’. Because let me be honest, many people have had very bad experiences with recruiters, candidates and clients alike. As a result I tried my best to not be seen as a “recruiter” even though I always was, and still am a Recruiter. 

Around three years ago I had a lightbulb moment; I should be proud to be a recruiter! Yes recruiters do have a bad name with many people, but not all, and my aim was to change the perception of recruiters so why was I hiding the fact that I was a recruiter? I realised I don’t have anything to hide because I worked hard to do things differently. Why should I not be proud of this? 

This lesson helped me decide that I am going to be proud to tell people I am a recruiter and advocate for the profession I love so much.

It has been a great journey. Although things never go in the direction you expect, I am really proud of what we have achieved and where the business is heading. 

Some of the things I am most proud of that I have created at Reimagine Talent are:
  • The transparency we create through our process

  • Through our career development assessment tools, we add value to all candidates, whether we place them or not, by providing them with a personal professional development report

  • Role commencement coaching – we support our candidates through the first 3-6 months of their new role with one-on-one dedicated coaching by an accredited external coach

  • We have been able to challenge the perception of a typical recruiter by striving to add as much value as possible to every candidate we have the opportunity to work, with even if we can help them with their next career move

  • We put our money where our mouth is

  • Accountability - we use a fantastic company to anonymously collect feedback about our performance from both our client and candidates so we continuously improve.

Recruitment is a very rewarding career for those who take their role as facilitating career transitions for candidates seriously.

Some things that I love about being a recruiter are:
  • I have the opportunity to make a huge positive impact on people lives

  • I get to see the potential in others that at times they do not see themselves 

  • The amazing variety of people I have the opportunity to meet 

  • I can help businesses solve problems through introducing them to the right person (which is not necessarily the person that they think they need). 

Reflecting on 7 years in business as a recruiter, I’m feeling proud, and excited for the future of Reimagine Talent.