james & becky smith
SOMETIMES CONTROVERSIAL. ALWAYS HONEST.
“WE WANT TO HELP TO HELP YOU TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR JOB SEARCH. TELL YOUR OWN STORY, UNDERSTAND YOUR VALUE AND SURVIVE 2020.”
This story begins in an interview, which is apt considering the topic of our work. Yes, you heard it right, once upon a time back in 2001, two people with big dreams met in a classically romantic job interview situation and the rest, as they say, is history.
Except the history part is the story.
Two young people, with bold ideas and big plans, our focus was recruiting Personal Assistants and other administrative people and we loved it. If you can live the dream in your twenties, then this was it.
We worked with absolutely amazing candidates, placing them in some of London’s most incredible companies, but as all great stories have their ups and downs, this wasn’t to be our happy ever after.
The 2008 recession shocked London to the core. Every company that once hired our amazing people, had closed their own doors and battened down the hatches. We were left with an empty office, an empty inbox and an even emptier bank account.
Suddenly we knew what failure looked like.
The interesting thing about falling, is that you really have no choice but to get back up again. Our rebuild involved a whole host of projects, some recruitment, some not, but every single one involved real people.
Fast forward to now, and our original plan to recruit London’s best Personal and Executive Assistants, is right back on track. We stepped back into the game in 2017, except this time we were intent on being “not your usual” recruitment agency.
We wanted to do things differently.
Amidst all the impressive employers and outstanding career opportunities, we see real people.
For every shortlisted candidate, we see tens of applications who don’t even get a look in.
For each successful candidate, we see over a hundred real people who are disappointed, frustrated and demoralised by their job search.
There is a real person behind every single resume.
Each person has their own story, their own fears, battles and responsibilities.
We knew that we wanted to do more.
We didn’t want to just a part in one success story. We wanted to help as many people as possible.
The TalentSmith is our way of connecting with you.
It’s about straight-talking, refreshingly honest job and career help.
Firstly, there’s the obvious practical stuff that you need to know about job searching, interviews and other tricky to navigate issues, but much more importantly it’s about how you think.
How you feel.
What we think you need to hear in order to be in control of this thing we call work, and all the happiness, health and wealth that it brings when it’s right.
When something catastrophic happens like the events of 2020, people need help even more. The loss of life is devastating, but the loss of livelihood is also frightening, and the coming months are going to be a huge challenge for many. Right now, our entire focus is helping the real people who need support, answers, ideas and perhaps a different perspective. See below to access our free training.
THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR JOB SEARCH IN 2020