CALL US ON: 01223 300639
Our founder, Jeanette Robinson, set up Cavill Robinson Finance Recruitment in 1992 to provide professional accountancy recruitment for Cambridge and its surrounding areas. Today we have an exceptional reputation for providing a thorough and first class service to our clients, which range across a broad spectrum of industries and organisations in the local region. We value the strong and in many cases long lasting relationships which we have built up and appreciate the business which our clients and candidates entrust us with. Please read our Recommendations Section to see what clients and candidates have to say about us and how we work.
I have known and worked with Jeanette on recruitment in a number of businesses for over 25 years. She is very thorough and professional in her approach and the team that work with her are friendly and helpful. Jeanette has an extensive knowledge of the recruitment industry and also the recruitment market in Cambridge, which is invaluable in finding the best candidate for the position."A Professional Approach" Colin Faiers : Head of Accounting and Finance - Sidney Sussex College
I have had the pleasure of working with Cavill Robinson on a number of occasions over the past few years and would have no hesitation in recommending them. They provide a very professional service. I am particularly impressed with their methods that ensure that they only put forward carefully selected candidates that meet the selection criteria. Their hands-on approach ensures that they fully understand both the candidates they are putting forward as well as our company, which includes understanding the culture of our organisation and appreciate that this is an important factor."They understand the culture of our organisation" James Martin: Head of Finance -The Technology Partnership
Savills use Cavill Robinson as their preferred agent for recruiting accounts staff because they have a proven record in matching candidates to both the role and the culture of the organisation in which the candidate is being placed."A proven track record" Andrew Tucker : Head of Finance - Savills
Having found the recruitment process more time consuming over the last few years and having had some rather bad experiences with agencies, Cavill Robinson are a refreshing change. They do more than just send CV's, as care is taken from every perspective to make sure they know in detail our requirement and from an applicant's view, what kind of employer we are. Recruitment is a two way process so it is important the "best fit" for both us and potential employees is the focus rather than just sending lots of potentially unsuitable CV's for us to review. Applicants are interviewed and screened prior to being recommended for interview with us thereby making sure we have a considered selection of suitable candidates resulting in our recruitment process being streamlined and efficient. Their approach is always very professional and I am happy to recommend their service to other organisations considering using an agency either now or at some stage in the future."A refreshing change" Sherry Woolsten: Director - The Payroll Services Company
Having dealt with a few employment agencies, I found Cavill Robinson to be by far the best. Jeanette was professional whilst being very warm and friendly, she had a genuine interest in me as a person as well as a client and I didn’t feel our initial meeting was so much an interview as a chat with a friend. I actually found my new role via the first application I made with Jeanette, she has the know how to present you, both skillset and background wise, in the best and most honest way to the potential employer, so if you’re looking for a new role definitely give Cavill Robinson a call.A Genuine interest in me as a person - Karen Summerbee
I’d like to commend the team at Cavill Robinson for the professional way they have dealt with all aspects of my temporary placements over the last two years. The placements I’ve had over that period have consistently met my requirements; from timespans and income, to ensuring that my levels of experience could be used by Cavill’s clients, making me feel that I made a worthwhile contribution in helping with their immediate needs."Placements met my requirements" Robert Sabak
Finance Qualifications - The ACA
When people set out on a career in accountancy, they need to make a big decision, namely, what qualification should I study for. Over the next few weeks, I shall look at the ACA, ACCA and CIMA qualifications and my experience from many long years of recruiting of why they differ and where each might lead. The Association of Chartered Accountants used to be the qualification which held the most prestige amongst the three qualifications I have listed. In some respects it still does. If you have an interest in working in the City of London or one of the big accountancy firms or any firm which needs to raise joint venture capital, then an ACA qualification is an advantage from my experience. There are a number of ways you can study for the ACA qualification either straight from school, through an apprenticeship, after university or doing an AAT course. Further details can be found on the ACA website at ww.icaew.com Next week, I shall be looking at the ACCA, how it differs from the ACA and CIMA qualifications and where it can lead to. Until then, have a great week. Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)
Finance Qualifications - The AAT
So you want to start a career in accountancy but don't know where to start. There are two main ways to get into a finance role. Firstly, you can do a degree in accountancy or business studies. My experience of young people with such degrees is that they usually still start in fairly low level roles and although they may progress quite quickly from those, some get stuck in them. A degree also means that you are stuck with the debt from that degree, which can hinder your ability to buy a house and have a real future. The other method, which I am strongly in favour of, is to study the AAT. Employers really like this qualification as it is extremely good at teaching basic bookkeeping skills all the way through to producing a P+L and Balance Sheet. If you leave school at 18, you can study this over a period of three years and it will then exempt you from some of the examinations of the higher level accountancy qualifications such as the ACA or ACCA. If you studied hard, you could pass those qualifications and be a fully qualified accountant by the age of 24, roughly the same age that your peers are coming out of university with their degrees and still needing to qualify. You would also have been earning and you wouldn't have any debt. Even some of the big firms of chartered accountants are favouring this route to a career in accountancy. If you want to find out more, the AAT website is www.aat.org.uk Next week, I shall be talking about the ACA qualifications. Until then, have a great week. Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)
Is Accountancy the right role for Me?
Following on from my blog last week on how to find a role in accountacy, I thought I'd look at how to know when accountancy is the right career path for you. It is important when looking for a career, which you will satisfy you, to think about what your strengths and weaknesses are and the kind of things you enjoy doing. Clearly, you have to be realistic. You may enjoy playing football but unless you had the good fortune to be spotted by a top club at an early age, you are unlikely to have a career in it. Equally, you may love singing, but how many people are going to be another Taylor Swift? It can be very hard to work out what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you may have to ask people, who know you wel,l to help. Make a list and then when you have that list look at different job roles and if possible find people who do them and ask them what personality traits are needed to be good at their job.You will find that a lot of older people will be more than happy to help and advise so use their knowledge. Having interviewed hundreds of accountants over the years I have been in recruitment, I would say the traits I find in most accountants are as follows: Attention to detail A logical mind An enjoyment of solving puzzles ( they often like doing things like crosswords or Sudoko) Many are people who are quite calm and unruffled They have always liked numbers and can easily remember phone numbers They break down problems in an analytical way in order to resolve them If this sounds like you, then maybe you would enjoy accountacy. Next week I am starting a series on different qualifications you can study for your career in finance. Till then have a great week. Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)