Recruitment in St Albans
When you think of St Albans, you probably envisage a historic market town steeped in 2000 years of well-documented history with a very impressive Cathedral. Perhaps you even know that in Roman times, St Albans was the second largest city after London… but have you ever thought about the thriving world of business in and around St Albans now?
Caroline Deutsch, Director of Select Appointments St Albans, told us all about the world of recruitment in Hertfordshire and spilled the beans about what being a recruiter is really like.
My career spans 25 plus years in recruitment, marketing and client services as well as sales and commercial roles. I worked in recruitment locally many years ago and loved the fast pace, the ability to help people find a new career and to work with successful businesses. Fed up with the London commute I decided it was high time I did something for myself and owning a franchise was the perfect solution.
I have been running Select Appointments St Albans since October 2014. Our values are simple – Quality, service and value for clients and candidates alike. We focus on commercial roles, both temporary and permanent from entry level to senior executive level. Specific commercial sectors include secretarial, administration, finance, marketing, design, customer service, sales, legal and HR.
We’re a team of four – all working hard with energy and enthusiasm to find people for jobs and jobs for people!
Why did you decide to set up a recruitment business in St Albans?
I grew up in St Albans and having worked and lived in London for a greater part of my career, it has been refreshing to come back to work in a professional and welcoming culture.
It’s a vibrant city in a wonderful county. It has a thriving Chamber of Commerce, a strong SME base and lots of opportunities to get involved in the local business community.
The county of Hertfordshire is perfectly placed for business – full of entrepreneurial businesses across a wide range of sectors. This includes print, publishing and media; creative agencies; building and construction; telecoms and IT; engineering and manufacturing.
St Albans is known as the “City of Expertise” with a strong presence in the professional services – accountancy practices, law firms and insurance. The thriving business community provides options to people who are fed up with the commute into London. The business population in Hertfordshire is expanding and the economy is growing faster than the national average. All great news for us in recruitment as companies experiencing growth always need more resources.
What are the major challenges facing clients in the current marketplace?
The real challenge facing businesses across the UK is to find and retain quality people. This is being addressed by providing employees greater mobility and flexibility, which is being facilitated by changes in technology. Just as importantly, and something I hear frequently, is about culture fit and attitude; when employer and employee share the same ethos, that really helps motivate and retain staff.
Clients need to be constantly in “hire mode” or they will miss out on great quality candidates.
If you could offer one piece of advice to your candidates, what would it be?
Trust your recruiter and be honest with them.
What is your proudest moment in the recruitment industry?
I won Best Franchisee in the Best Businesswomen Awards which was a proud moment. It is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work the team and I have put in! Also, just being successful five years in, within a highly competitive industry, is something I remind myself of frequently too!
Anything else you would like to add?
Working in recruitment can be a bit like a roller coaster ride with massive highs and lows, but you just need to believe in what you do and do it well. Be consistent, listen to your clients and candidates and deliver on what you promise. It is great fun, totally rewarding and no two days are the same!
Whether you are a candidate or a client starting your recruitment journey in Hertfordshire, get in touch with the team at Select Appointments St Albans. They have a wealth of experience to share with you and provide the best standard of recruitment advice and service.
“Caroline and her team took the time to listen to and fully understand our requirements. They demonstrated their understanding by presenting us with a short list of candidates all of whom could have filled the post. Thoroughly recommended for their fantastic service, thank you.”
Select Client – Google Review – Select Appointments St Albans
Second to None
“I have worked with and for ‘Select Appointments’ since Aug 1st 2017. I have nothing but absolute praise for the care and attention I have received whilst working under their ‘umbrella’. The interaction and provision of work, remuneration and holiday entitlement is in my opinion second to none, I would certainly recommend the agency to anyone with full and utmost confidence.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Norwich
Best agency in Cambridge
“Select Cambridge is an excellent agency specialised in offering jobs in the Hospitality sector. The quantity and quality offered make it the best agency in Cambridge. Personally, I have had the opportunity to work with […] an excellent consultant, attentive to the details and needs of her employees. I highly recommend it for those who are considering joining this sector.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Hospitality Cambridge
They Invest the Time
“I have worked with the Select team on both assisting me recruit as a customer and more recently as a candidate. Having first worked with Select on a couple of recruitment projects with great success she was my first call when I needed assistance with my own career move.
For me the difference with Select is that they invest the time to understand your requirements both as a business customer and as a candidate and match you to the right people or positions. Unlike a lot of Recruitment companies the communication is strong from the Select team with regular updates and you never feel like just another candidate in a drawer. Dedication, passion, professionalism and commitment are the qualities that set them apart from the rest and I cannot rate the Select team more highly.”
Select Client & Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Lowestoft
Very Supportive Team
“I worked with the very supportive team from Select. He rang just before every appointment I had with my new employers to offer advice and support. He was also on the end of the phone when I asked for advice about my current position. Needless to say, I was offered the job I was recruited for and had a very good experience with Select.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Hospitality Peterborough
Able to Get Results
“Select have been absolutely amazing from the get go. I haven’t had any problems with finding a job, pay or communication. The team found me a new job within 1 week and another job after the contract ended on that one.
I would heavily recommend this company as not only are the staff so friendly, they are able to get the results that you want from employment. After years of working with other agencies and having many problems, Select come out on top and will be using them in the future. I found an amazing job and was so sad to leave it as I have continued my journey at university.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Chelmsford
Lovely Agency to Temp With
“Lovely agency to Temp with. Always there for advice and respond quickly to any queries I have had over the last couple of months. I would like to thank the team for the incredible service they have provided me, very professional and they really care about their work.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Oxford
Cannot Recommend Them Enough
“Select Appointments are an AMAZING agency!
My consultant believed in me and saw my strengths. He gave me back my work confidence then found me my dream job. Nothing is too much trouble. The team are with you every step of the way ensuring that you are well prepared. I cannot recommend Select highly enough.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Northampton
“Probably the very first agency that provided amazing customer experience to me. Staff are very professional and friendly to the point where they have managed to find something that suits me in the first 30 minutes of walking in for the first time. Paperwork isn’t as burdensome as in other recruitment agencies which is a big plus. I got an impression of genuine care from them due to the fact that they were always in contact with me and whenever I had an enquiry they responded asap.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Lincoln
Dedication is Abundantly Clear
“I am an IT Engineer specialising in Apple systems. Over the course of 1 year I entertained many recruiters claiming their understanding and ability in finding a position that suited my expertise.
Chris Lo is the 1st (& only) recruiter in my experience that not only dedicated & understood my goals, but also had the technical education to fully understand my abilities and provide appropriate prospects. This lead to my current position with a company & group of people I want to stay with indefinitely.
Chris’s dedication is abundantly clear; extremely communicative and driven nature, exemplifies his passion and character.”
Select Candidate – Google Review – Select Appointments Croydon