I am in the business of finding the
right careers for the right people
I believe that the best people to attract the right talent to a company are the ones that already work for it. This is why I work in and work for the companies I am hiring for. I spend my days in the studio or office - the one a new hire would work in. I will tell the truth - both the good bits and the challenges - because people would want to know and will find out soon enough and honesty builds trust, respect and loyalty.
Being hired can be both an exhilarating and stressful experience. I make it mostly exhilarating. Hiring can be optimistic and invigorating but can be time consuming and frustrating. I keep it optimistic and invigorating. How? I make sure I put people and what they need first and foremost. I have empathy. I tell people the facts, I provide fast feedback, I keep people in the loop and I care about what they care about. I don't like square pegs or wasting anyone's time
Exactly how does this work for you ...
... if you are a hiring manager?
I will come and spend time in your office so that I become part of your team, not a loose representative of it outside. I will work with you to determine exactly what kind of person - personality, background, experience and expertise - they should be. I will work with you on community building and marketing that drive awareness of your brand and manage the whole recruiting process from advert to interviews to offer and hire. I do this as an extension of your existing marketing and HR team, not an independent part of them. We agree a payment structure depending on what you want to achieve. When you are recruiting more heavily, I am there and when it's quieter, I can be there less without you carrying the overhead cost. I'm a scalable and flexible part of the team.
... if you are looking for a job?
I will talk to you and understand what you have done and what you want to do next. I want to know what makes you tick and what good looks like from a potential employer's perspective - who would you want to work for and why? I will make sure you are very clear about the job and I will you prepare for your interview. I promise to be honest and fair with you and I guarantee whatever the outcome at the end of the day, you'll have known exactly what is happening at every step of the process.
It would be in no way an exaggaration to say that Michelle revolutionised our recruitment for the better, with significant tangible benefits in both cost and quality.
When dealing with people not within the company she demonstrates a passion that is infectious and people find themselves warming to the company because of her.
She is so much more than "just a recruiter" and has a passion and knowledge of all things new media/social/creative IT etc that would embarass full time consultants in the same field.
Having worked with many external recruiters I found this experience to be a breath of fresh air, and that's thanks to Michelle's hard work and high standards.
Her approach to recruiting is very bespoke and personal - you feel as though you have a friend working on your behalf for the good.
Without Michelle's enthusiasm and support London's developer community would not have the richness that it does today.