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Posted on: 05 Jul 2018, admin

We’re very excited to welcome Sam Poole to the team at Ascendant Recruitment. Sam will be joining our temporary workers team and supporting me to bring a new service to Milton Keynes and Northampton.  It’s no secret that in recruitment, we are all fighting in a ‘war for talent’ – there’s a huge supply of jobs out there and clients who are desperate for high quality candidates, but we are constantly struggling to match that demand with the high quality candidates we want for our client’s roles.  For a long time, I have felt that more could be done to support the huge number of people who want more flexible roles to work around other commitments and responsibilities in their lives – whether that’s children, elderly parents or simply to create a better work-life balance.  So, Ascendant Recruitment are bravely pioneering an approach to bring more flexibility in to the local area so that we are able to consistently provide the high quality candidates that our clients need, allowing us to win the ‘war for talent’.

Sam will work closely with me to find candidates with great skills but who haven’t found the right opportunities that suit their other commitments.  Once we have a great pool of candidates, we will be speaking to employers and discussing a range of flexible working options with them.  I strongly believe that our role as recruitment consultants is to work closely with our clients and encourage them to view their recruitment strategies differently. I know that the London market is moving in this direction and I’m passionate about making sure Ascendant Recruitment does this for Milton Keynes and Northampton.

So, why is Sam the perfect person for this role?  Although she has had experience in recruitment previously, Sam is the founder of the Mum to Mum Milton Keynes network – a group that she set up whilst on maternity leave to help parents to find out about activities and services in the local area. The group quickly grew and Sam saw an opportunity to turn it in to a business directory – it now boasts 175 local businesses and is visited by 13,000 people every month.  Within this network, I am sure that there are HUNDREDS of people out there who are looking for flexible jobs, want a change of career or want to get back in to the workplace.  Our plan is to put a programme in place to support people to meet their career goals and get them the job of their dreams!

Sam says: “When I was setting up the Mum to Mum Milton Keynes network and turning it from a hobby in to a business, it became apparent that there was an army of people out there not working in the right jobs and that there were lots of employers out there missing out on highly skilled people.  I was looking to partner with a forward thinking agency who wanted to shake the recruitment market up a bit and was delighted when Rachel from Rachel Allen Marketing introduced me to Nick at Ascendant Recruitment.  I was offered a place on the team as a consultant to help them grow this area of their business and develop relationships with local businesses who want to support parents in Milton Keynes and Northampton. We have so many talented and hardworking parents in our community that deserve to have a fulfilling career and I’m excited to work with Ascendant on this project.

The Mum to Mum Milton Keynes community is growing every week and I am pleased to be working with a company that is as passionate as I am about changing the world of work – where part-time and flexible working is far more widely available.”

We will be launching further details of the campaign for flexible working over the coming weeks, so sign up to the blog or follow us on Facebook  to find out more details.  I’ll let Sam settle in during her first week and get to know the team and our clients before we get to work on our exciting plans.

Sam is a mum of two boys as well, so will be working mainly school hours. This is something I’m really keen to offer and a number of my staff work flexibly as well – find out on our flexible working blog posts.  To get in touch with Sam directly, email or call the MK office on 01908 200270.  Or, take a look at her Linked In profile.

Nick Peacock

Managing Director of Ascendant Recruitment