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Why Trapeze?

Jo Smith of Trapeze Recruitment

Jo Smith

“I have spent the last 18 years working in the recruitment industry in Kent, starting as a Temporary Controller and progressing to the position of Regional Director. In May 2016, I decided I wanted and needed a new challenge and I realised that this involved going back to where my career started – back to the front line. As my career progressed so did the management duties, the endless forecasting and reporting, the continual application of motivating and promoting a successful and ethical culture. This was all great but I missed the day-to-day task of recruiting which I have always been so passionate about.

  • I really care about the candidate and the client and possess the integrity to get the job done to the highest possible standard
  • My sole purpose is to match the right candidates to the right clients and the fee involved for doing so is secondary
  • I do not over-sell candidates, if the candidate is right they sell themselves
  • People are not products they have choice and make their own decisions, this I truly respect

Having started in recruitment as a Marketing graduate, I have always asked myself if recruitment is an Art or a Science. I believe that a number of agencies think it is a simple mathematical equation: More Jobs + More Candidates = More Placements. I do not believe that this is the case. Of course, activity is needed but soft skills, the enthusiasm to always learn about a company and its culture and an empathetic recruiter, are essential to ensure successful outcomes time and time again.”

Jo’s approach is very transparent and I appreciate her style as being honest and open without overselling candidates. She is a pleasure to work with and I wish her every success in her new venture as Director of Trapeze Recruitment and look forward to continuing to work with her.

Emma Pooley
HR Manager