Ten2Two Hampshire have recently hosted a series of Get To Know You coffee mornings. These events are a chance to welcome candidates in an informal setting and have one-to-one meetings with them to learn more about precisely what roles they are looking for.

We’re not like other recruitment agencies, and we don’t fire off hundreds of CV’s to our clients in the hope that one will fit the bill. We pride ourselves on taking time to listen to our clients and identify the key skills and personal qualities that they are looking for in a candidate, and in return we interview our members to make sure we have a great match. We know, it sounds a bit like a dating agency!

Our Get To Know You meetings do exactly what they say on the tin: it’s a necessity for us to get to know our candidates. We find out how far they are willing to travel, what salary they are after, and if they want to work some days remotely from home or are happier in an office environment, either with a larger company where they can be part of a team, or for smaller businesses where they can make a bigger difference.  We chat about their experiences, what courses they have done recently, career breaks and childcare, their CV’s and their recent interviews.

We know that each ‘ideal’ working week looks different for everyone too – from 20 hours a week during the term time for one, to another who would do almost full time if the role was right, although every candidate we speak to says ‘but I can be flexible’ at this point in the conversation! Ideal would be perfect, but pretty close is good enough.

Recently we were impressed by the skills in the room when we were joined by a qualified actuary who has run multinational projects, a software and web developer, a supply chain and demand planning manager, a DMS/KMS consultant for one of the leaders in the field, among others.

They all have the same question though – why are there not more good jobs out there for us?

To paraphrase Bonnie Tyler, “Where have all the good roles gone?”.

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