Last week we were delighted to welcome our supporters, partners and friends to Jolyons at No. 10 to celebrate our first birthday.
In the past year, we’ve had the privilege of working with some fantastic businesses in Wales, including DevOpsGuys, Creditsafe, Acuity Legal, Tŷ Hafan, Cardiff & Vale College and the Wales Audit Office. And we seem to have had quite an impact.
When we set Sitka up, we made it our mission to challenge the stigma of recruitment. Over the past year we’ve worked tirelessly to prove that a valuable and rewarding recruitment experience is not only possible, but essential. As Rachelle Sellek of Acuity Legal says: “Karen and Ita took the time to listen to what I wanted, and just as importantly didn’t want. They seemed to immediately “get” our business.”
Without efficient recruitment, businesses simply won’t have the skills they need to innovate and grow. We strongly believe that it is employees that make a business and, for many, gives them competitive advantage. We genuinely care about doing things right.
We’re committed to supporting the wider Welsh business community and keen to give back. The event on 19th October gave us a chance to thank our supporters and welcome representatives from our nominated charities for the coming year: Tŷ Hafan and Llamau.
Claire Cooper, who we recruited to Director of Income Generation at Tŷ Hafan earlier this year said: “The experience I had as a candidate was a breath of fresh air. I owe Sitka a lot, because they got me my dream job. We are so lucky to have Sitka as our charity partner – we couldn’t take care of our families at Tŷ Hafan without business partners like Sitka.”
This is just the start for Sitka – we currently have some exciting plans with the University of South Wales and Llamau to look at improving soft skills in the workplace and other recruitment focused topics.
We liked Karen’s personal approach to finding the best candidate. She spoke to them in depth, matching the person to the business and vice versa, rather than just advertising the role to an existing database of job seekers. The process was very efficient and well-communicated from start to finish.
I was recommended Sitka by a mutual contact who thought Karen and Ita would understand our requirements and our organisation. I met with them and I definitely felt they were the right agency for us. The recruitment process was seamless, they made it very easy for me.
This was the most professional recruitment processes I have experienced as a candidate. I felt really well prepared for the hiring process. Ita took the time to understand my experience and align my skills and values with those of role that I was applying for. This meant that I felt really prepared for the interview process and confident that I understood the role, culture and values of the organisation.
I would recommend Sitka and I would also consider using them as a client in the future. Having experienced their service as a candidate I have seen the effort that is made to ensure there is a good fit between candidate and client. Thank you Ita!
The recruitment process was easy, and after our initial conversation with Ita she advised us on how to fine tune the job specification and tailor to to attract the right candidate for our needs. The delivery and recruitment service was swift and Ita kept us informed at every stage of the process.
The candidate we chose in the end was the right fit for our business. They have just passed their probationary period with flying colours and have fitted in like they have always worked for us.
Having now worked with Sitka for a number of years, they have a real understanding of the type of people we employ and that the ‘fit’ is as important as having the right skills for the role.
Sitka provide an excellent service and make you feel you are their only customer. They are quite unique and such a pleasure to work with.
Ita took the time to ask about our business, our culture, the role and really understood what we were looking for. This resulted in a really straightforward recruitment process. All of the candidates put forward were of exceptional quality and I would definitely recommend Sitka to my colleagues and network.