Inside Atwood Tate

Recruitment is a busy business. Recruitment into the publishing industry is quite immeasurable at the moment due to the ever changing nature of it. Finding the right candidate for the right job is at the very core of what we do and, realising that some publishers aren’t even sure of what they need themselves, therein we find the challenge.

It’s a tricky business at times. So what happens when you apply for a job through us? What’s the process? How can we help you find your next role?

It’s very simple.

Firstly, at the very beginning of the process, we have to understand what our client is looking for. We have to understand not only the skill set required for each job but also the characteristics of the potential perfect person for the role. We work very closely with each client. Not only does this mean we know exactly what they’re looking for it means we have a better idea of whether the job is going to suit you.

Essentially we are the gatekeepers for the role.  Essentially we have an idea of the skill sets and the candidate experience required by our client. This means that, even though you may think that you are right for the role, you may not be the right “fit” for the company. We know exactly what our clients are looking for. Sometimes this isn’t going to be you and we like to think this works both ways. We can’t put your application forward for a role that we both know isn’t going to be successful. There’s no point in finding you a job that isn’t the right fit for you.

So you have followed the guidelines for preparing your cover letter and application? Your CV is up to date and error free? Great. Once your CV and cover letter are sent off to the right consultant your work is done. You wait for a response.

Please bear in mind that we deal with a large volume of candidates and a huge amount of client correspondence. If we don’t get back to you straight away please don’t take it personally. Like any job we have to prioritise what is most important at that moment, on that day and in that week. (We DO read every email and respond as soon as possible, however).

However if we feel that the job is perfect for you we will endeavour to contact you straightaway as, in essence, you become a priority. Our job in the main is to spot the right candidate amongst the variety of others that apply. We’ve got a good sense of what makes a good candidate. It’s part of our job to recognise talent.

Then we meet you face to face. We meet in our offices and discuss your CV to some depth, discuss your experiences and find out what exactly you’re looking to explore in your career path. Meeting people is the one true way to establish whether someone is a good candidate. Not only does it allow us to establish what you’re capable of, it gives us an idea of “you” based on your body language, approach, use of language and basic interview performance skills.

If you’re invited to interview we’re with you the whole way. We can discuss interview techniques, the company profile, HR requests or any part of the process which you feel you need help with. If the client likes the look of you and, more importantly, whether you think the role and the environment is the right fit for you we then handle the acceptance procedure.

Lastly we bid a farewell to our newly successful candidate in the hope that our services are being highly spoken of to their new colleagues. We like to think that all candidates will eventually become clients one day. We are in it for the long game. A good way to measure how good a candidate is how long they stay on our books. Excellent candidates don’t stay with us for very long. Sad face.

The hardest part of this job is telling people “no”.

“I’m really sorry you haven’t been invited back for second interview”.

“There were just some stronger applicants more suitable for the role”.

“I’m sorry to tell you that they won’t be taking your application any further”

A lot of our time is spent informing people that they are not suitable for the job. A lot of time is spent circumnavigating the often incredible amount of correspondence from those looking for work. Unfortunately not everyone is going to be perfect for every job. Not everyone is going to be lucky enough to be applying for the right job at the right time.

At times, due to the sheer volume of applicants, we have to send out automated replies to those unsuccessful. This is a time saver for us so, again, please don’t take it personally. We can assist you much more effectively if you take some time to think about whether you are suitable for the job you’re applying for. We can guide you more appropriately if you are realistic with your expectations. We can be honest with you if you are honest with your expectations.

This marvellous post should set you on the right track for establishing exactly what role you should be applying for and how to go about it.

If there are any roles you think you’d like to apply for get in touch. If you want to find out more about what Atwood Tate do then get in touch. We’re all friendly, approachable people who are very good at what we do. We look forward to hearing from you.

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