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Is doing your own recruitment really worth it?

Business is getting ever more competitive and the fashion business is no different. In fact, it’s one of the most competitive industries in the UK which means securing the right talent is crucial to any business that wants to grow and continually be successful. Whilst fashion remains one of the most popular industries to work in, with thousands of people trying to get into the industry every year, that doesn’t mean that quality candidates are easy to come by. In fact, many businesses are finding it harder and harder every year to secure the right staff with the key skills, qualifications and experience to drive their business forward. As well as a shortage of the very best talent, one of the key problems is that many businesses in the fashion industry are still doing recruitment in-house. Now of course, as recruiters, we’re going to think that using a specialist fashion recruitment agency is the best course of action. But the fact is, for most businesses, it simply doesn’t make sense to do their own recruitment.    Imagine the time you’re wasting Have you ever actually calculated the amount of time that it takes for you to do your own recruitment? Here’s a typical example: Firstly, you have to write a job description. You might already have one, but is it fit for purpose? If not, you’ll have to update the one that you have. Next you need to write your recruitment advert. Your job really needs to stand out, so you need something that engages your target candidates. Simply using a job description as your advert isn’t going to...

Why Should You Use A Specialist Fashion Recruiter?

  Recruiting the right talent for your business is crucial if it is to grow, be successful and thrive. Whilst the fashion industry may be one of the most popular industries for people to work in, it’s also one of the most competitive which means the competition for talent is intense. If you’re struggling to attract top talent and employ the people that you need to drive your business forward then maybe it’s time to consider employing the special skills of a dedicated fashion recruiter. We can help you identify talent   As specialist fashion recruiters, we are perfectly placed to be ‘in the know’ to identify the very best talent for your vacant position. Once you have identified your vacancy and established criteria for the role, a specialist fashion recruiter can set about finding suitable people for the position. The ideal candidate is often not someone who is actively looking for a new role but who would be open to one if the right opportunity presented itself. If you’re recruiting directly, how are you going to find and engage with this sort of candidate? Specialist fashion recruiters like ourselves have strong and extensive networks of both active and passive candidates and can zero-in on your ideal person whether they are looking for a new job or not. Targeted advertising of your vacancy There was once a time when recruitment was a lot more straightforward. It was simply the case of putting a good advert into a relevant industry publication and you would be inundated with a selection of good quality applicants. However, since the advent of the internet...

Fashion Recruitment by Karen Collier : It all started with my mum’s sewing box as a child’

How Karen Collier Careers began…. My background? My mum was always making clothes for my sister and I when we were children.  I would often dive into her sewing box to make clothes for dolls. I loved everything about sewing, so when I left school I started working in a local clothing factory.  After two years, I decided that I needed to get myself a qualification in Fashion and carried out a two-year Diploma in Clothing & Distributive Trades. Once I graduated from college with a credit, I wanted to be a Designer so I worked as a Design Assistant for 2 years at an M&S supplier. Realising that I missed seeing all the garments in production, I got myself a job as a Roving Quality Controller for a fast fashion supplier. I worked closely with the head office customers and took them to all the UK factories where their garments were being produced before they were delivered into the high street stores.  I then went onto work with some well-known brands such as Laura Ashley, Tesco, Warehouse, LK Bennett, and Jacques Vert and travelled to many off shore factories in Europe, India and Hong Kong. How I got into recruiting? If someone said that one day I would run my own fashion recruitment business, I would never have believed them as I always thought I would carry on working as a Technical Manager until I retired. However, I was made redundant from my Head of Technologist role at Jacques Vert during the credit crunch in 2009.  I had built up some very good relationships at business and supplier...