Posted on 1/12/2011 by Emma Dadswell
Under the ambitious wing of seasoned recruiter Kelly Hopkins, the PR department at Handle Recruitment is flourishing and we are pleased to welcome a new addition, Jessica Phillips, to the team. We’ve had an incredibly successful year, having worked with a number of high profile in-house and agency clients, and are looking to continue building relationships with highly desirable brands in order to increase our offering to candidates. We only hire experienced consultants with an exceptional understanding of the market and there is no doubt that that Jessica will be an asset to the team.
Prior to joining Handle, Jessica worked in specialist PR recruitment, drawing on her own background in PR, marketing and copywriting. Having spent time both agency and client side, she understands the pressures of the industry and knows intuitively how to match the right skills, experience and personality to the job. After also having spent a few sunshine-filled years living in Sunset Beach, California, working as a high-end florist to A-list celebrities and doing PR for a concept car designer, she returned to the UK to run her own business before being lured back to the PR and media industry. Here’s what she has to say:
“The passion here at Handle is what really stands out. The client base consists of the best brands in the world and it means that we are working with candidates who are genuinely excited by the opportunities we have to offer them. Handle has a long standing reputation for unfailingly high standards, which is what attracted me to the position. This is a fascinating industry, and I believe my varied background has armed me with the essential skills required to match people with their ideal role within a bespoke consultancy.”
Handle has over 30 years’ heritage in recruiting for some of the world’s best brands, spanning the music, entertainment and media sectors. With a strong background in the media sector, we have specialist divisions which are deeply embedded with our clients and our consultants have helped them with all their recruitment needs over the years, from HR to office staff, finance and now PR positions too.
Our reputation amongst both candidates and clients has been qualified time and time again, not only through successful placements but through superb testimonials and constant referrals. Handle’s people are experts in their specialist fields, with extensive and lovingly nurtured industry networks and a knack for sourcing exceptional talent through diverse means, including social media, headhunting and networking.
The PR division is set to go from strength to strength, looking after all levels of PR roles in sectors including (but not limited to): TV, Film, Music, Celebrity, Gaming, Fashion, Beauty, Travel, Sport, Food, Drink, FMCG, Leisure, Luxury, Publishing, Arts, Technology, Digital, Corporate, B2B and Consumer. As new opportunities with highly sought-after clients open up all the time, and with a growing team of experienced and dedicated consultants, the future indeed looks bright for this burgeoning part of the business.