Wow – 13 years – what keeps you there? It’s a question I find myself answering fairly regularly when a big part of my job is talking about work, motivation and career goals. It’s a hard question to answer, only because so many things still make coming into work at Handle every day exciting. I’m out there meeting remarkable people who want to hire for creative and inspiring businesses, whilst engaging with talented candidates in need of advice to find their own next great job. These are challenges which I love finding solutions for – matching talent with an opportunity never ceases to be rewarding. I work with amazing teams who shine in their field, who are hugely committed and great fun. I have the autonomy to make decisions and drive my market coverage to work with companies I’m really passionate about and help others to do the same. It’s important for me to be in an organisation which is a leader in its field, Handle has grown and evolved its expertise in line with the needs and wants of our clients and where profit comes 2nd to great service. This has bred my success and ensured career development has been in my control with the right nudge, encouragement, and support to take on new challenges just when I need it
I joined Handle in 2011 to move away from a KPI and restricted environment, into somewhere where you are encouraged to be commercial and entrepreneurial. Handle offered me guidance without suffocation and a chance to develop through my career. I was able to gain the best inside knowledge into the media / events world and I was encouraged to personally develop with the CMI (chartered management qualification). All of the teams within Handle have the same dedication and commitment to progress and achieve their goals.
I joined Handle in March this year as a Resourcer on the Digital and Tech team. Back then I followed tech news and had an interest in games, but I knew very little about the tech contract market and specific technology used in different industries. I was given all the resources, training, and support I needed to become a professional tech resourcer. My team helped me massively sharing their knowledge, experience and good jokes. Handle is a bunch of lovely people with amazing experience which they are more than happy to share with colleagues, clients, and candidates.
I’ve been working for 18 months as a Consultant in the Digital & Tech division, Handle’s newest team. I’ve never been happier in any other recruitment company I’ve worked for! Even though I joined with a lot of experience behind me, I benefited from Handle’s strong induction plan and had, and still have, access to any kind of recruitment, management and sales training you could think of. The senior managers here are all great people, and take the time to listen to you, acknowledge your strengths and set continually stretching objectives. During my time at HandIe, I have been tasked with developing an internal training session to share some of my previous knowledge – something I really enjoy. And it’s great to know there are robust plans in place to grow this business - I really look forward being part of that growth, and to see how I can contribute and benefit from that transition.
After two years of working in property recruitment, I was looking to break away from the corporate suited and booted environment. I was looking for an opportunity that allowed me to utilise my unique and individual recruitment style in an environment that was mature, fun and allowed me to be me! Since joining Handle I have gained invaluable industry knowledge from the amazing people who work around me - this being colleagues, clients, and candidates. Oh, and of course, I enjoy the bubbles on a Friday afternoon!!
I initially joined the company as a Resourcer for Finance Temps in 2012 before moving in to a Junior Consultant role on the desk. In January 2016 I was offered the opportunity to explore a different desk altogether and to undertake the role of Account Manager on the Office Support Temps team. Handle really believe in developing their employees and are constantly looking at ways of motivating and progressing individuals based on separate goals and skills. The business offers lucrative benefits and is a fun and sociable company to work within!
I was approached initially on LinkedIn by Francesca O'Dwyer, after an introductory conversation she invited me to Handle to meet some of her team members in order to expose me to vacancies with all relevant consultants. They took the time to find out what my needs were and their personable approach and honesty have really restored my faith in Recruitment. This is how recruitment should be done. I've not had this kind of experience with any other agency, it has been really great that Vanessa, Stephanie and Francesca always follow up even just to let me know when there are no current matches. Vanessa and the team have been so proactive in helping and supporting my search with tips and recommendations. When I do find my next role I will not forget how exceptional your customer service has been. I will certainly be proactive in recommending Handle to others. It’s just been so nice to be treated with a personal approach.
I came to handle 6 months ago through the recommendation of a colleague. I joined from a corporate and KPI heavy environment in my last position, so moving to handle has offered an immediate breath of fresh air. Where I had previously been bogged down by day to day admin, I now have room to focus on getting the job done rather than ticking boxes. Having never worked in IT recruitment before, I have been surrounded (and supported) by an incredibly knowledgeable team who, with their guidance have allowed me to hit the ground running. Whilst still getting to grips with the world of IT recruitment, I feel that my potential success has been fast-tracked by the people I work with.
I can honestly say that I love coming to work every day at Handle. The team is one of the smartest and capable I've ever worked with - and such fun too! As Director of Business Development and many years in recruitment, I know that they are all experts in their field and that they will deliver when I introduce them to new clients.
I actually came to Handle as a candidate. I was a wide-eyed, aspiring (and fairly inexperienced) screenwriter who wandered into their offices 8 years(!) ago hoping they’d help me find something in the Film industry. As a recent grad, I wasn’t quite ready to be MD of Paramount Pictures just yet but they did have an admin vacancy for themselves and for some reason they took a shine to me & offered me the role there & then. With a large client & candidate base within the Film Industry, they promised to offer as much support as they could to assist me on my quest to becoming the next Hank Moody whilst giving me invaluable office experience. 8 years later I can say it’s a promise they kept. I was able to continually progress within the business, from Administrator, to Resourcer to a now experienced Consultant. The most prevalent word which springs to mind when I think of what Handle has done for me & my career is ‘support’. It might not be the sexiest of words or one that will set the pulses of SEO marketers racing but that’s exactly what they’ve given me. They have proactively supported my progression in the company, they’ve supported my artistic endeavours outside of recruitment & the family-run nature of the company provides support in general life too.
I joined Handle after working in a KPI driven environment, with high targets and long hours which ultimately meant that I couldn’t enjoy my success as I was constantly chasing the next fee. I approached Handle as a candidate and after meeting several team members, quickly felt this was a place I should be. The ethos of the company is service driven and built on long standing, invested relationships. My story here has been an interesting one, after almost 2 years in the business, I was given the opportunity to complete an in-house secondment, representing Handle within one of our retail clients’ offices. Upon my return, I was supported by the management team to develop further and joining a new team - the Office Support division. I’ve found that as a company, they listen and offer solutions when I may not necessarily know the answer myself.
Throughout my 10 years working in various HR roles within the music industry, Handle was my go-to agency to help me source great staff. After a short break to have babies, Stella invited me to come and ‘help out’ on a ‘little project’ at Handle. 10 more years and about 1000 projects later, I’m still here. It’s so refreshing to be working in a business where the employees genuinely love being here. I make it my number 1 goal to make sure it stays that way - after all, it makes my job so much easier!!
Having worked as a marketing professional for four years in a large commercial publisher I was actively seeking a new challenge, ideally in a smaller or independent environment with a brand that would excite me. After an incredibly positive meeting with Lauren at Handle, in which she took into account my career aspirations and goals, I was carefully matched to several highly relevant opportunities. Lauren coached, encouraged and prepared me fully for the interview processes, one of which resulted in an offer of employment, which I happily accepted. Lauren has been friendly personable and a total joy to deal with; I cannot recommend Handle highly enough for any potential future candidates.
Handle Recruitment and James Skinner have taken the time to understand our business. He interrogates a brief with insight and understanding and he always adds value at the beginning of the recruitment process - where it has the most impact. He screens and briefs candidates very effectively. His communication and follow up throughout the process are always excellent. I get offers every day from people offering recruitment services, Handle Recruitment and James are the real deal