12 Jun 2019
Our marketing manager Tom, talks about his first 3 months at Stopgap and how it's changed his perception of the recruitment industry.
And I can safely say that my three months so far have not only been hugely enjoyable and rewarding but that Stopgap as a business have helped me look at the recruitment industry with completely fresh eyes.
My first interaction with Stopgap was actually as a candidate when I had decided to relocate to London last Christmas. Immediately my experience was a positive one with the consultants I worked with being extremely personable, genuinely taking an interest in me as a person, my experience and what I was looking for. And it sounds like a given, but after an initial conversation, they actually called me regularly with potential opportunities and didn’t just disappear off the face of the earth!
Then an opportunity came up with Stopgap themselves and I thought why not? I already had a good perception of them as a candidate and I thought it was an opportunity worth exploring. Three months on and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
I’ve had an even greater insight into the world of recruitment in the last three months and I think there are certainly elements of it that warrant the negative reputation that it has. But it really is important to not tar all recruiters with the same brush. I was lucky enough to work with a fantastic recruitment agency during my 4 years working in Bristol and Bath before my move to London.
The good guys are out there and Stopgap is certainly one of them. There is no doubt that the recruitment industry is still populated by a lot of aggressive sales attitudes, no knowledge of the sector in which they operate and a lack of understanding of the candidates or clients’ needs. But what I have seen from my colleagues here at Stopgap really does set them apart from the stereotype.
So I’m very much looking forward to my future with Stopgap and next time you make a sweeping assumption about the recruitment sector, remember that we’re not all the same. And if you’re not convinced, find out for yourself and speak to one of our team.
Because I hated some of the practices I’d witnessed as a candidate. I had a very simple vision – to create a business that people loved to work for and one that candidates and clients loved to work with. So we created our own ‘rules’ and set out to put our candidates first, treating them as people not ‘commodities’ and operating with total transparency. Claire Owen - Founder & Owner.
What I have seen from my colleagues here at Stopgap really does set them apart from the stereotype.