Unlike most recruitment consultants I have a degree in Oceanography. Like all other recruitment consultants, I never really wanted to be a recruitment consultant.
But failing to get on to the NASA grad scheme, despite my excellent knowledge of plate tectonics and sea horses, I spent my twenties grinding the well-oiled mass recruitment machine for two high volume, high profit agencies.
I look back now with genuine bewilderment as to how I found the inspiration to get out of bed. Far from placing candidates we were chucking them by the dozen with all the accuracy of a BP press release. A BP press release rushed to release by oppressive targets and call quotas.
It was the move to working with candidates and clients in the non-profit sector that changed everything. My role as a recruiter shifted from the hellish grind of mass mailshots, and high volume drop and run placements, to a chance to artfully place high-achievers on ethical projects that were crying out for their specific skills. Like someone taking their foot off my face, my weary eyes were finally opened to an industry of compassionate and energized individuals who dedicated their working lives to actual causes and had the actual expertise to make a real difference
Beyond just meeting candidates and clients, really getting to know each of them respectively I found that the match-making became addictive in quality, not just quantity. However long it took, I knew I could find the exact sort of fundraiser my clients wanted, and where their expectations were less realistic than a Beatles reunion, I would never over promise.
Honing this slowed-down personal approach over the years, I joined forces with my Bamboo compatriots to bring this viable alternative approach to market. Meticulous and considered, we learnt our ethics from our industry, and our approach is a genuine pleasure to undertake so we would love to hear from any fundraisers looking to land their dream role, or clients looking to grow their team (and their funds!) with the best candidates out there.