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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
Cambridge Unemployment Rate - Much lower than the national rate
It is being reported today that te national unemployment rate has hit 4%, which is lower than at any time since 1975. Locally according to the Office for National Statistics, Cambridge has an unemployment rate of 0.8%. This means that companies are going to have to be ever more thoughtful about how they recruit. The not so far off days of hundreds of candidates knocking on the door when a vacancy was advertised are gone. Good candidates often have more than one interview and can pick and choose the job they most want. If you are planning on recruiting, it is essential that you pay at least market rate to attract candidates. You need to think as well about the things that the modern candidate will find attractive, whether that is a good pension or flexible working. What makes you special to a job hunter and why shuld they work for you? These will become ever more important if you are going to find the people you really want to grow your business. Call me on 01223 300639 if you are about to recruit and need to discuss how to make your role more attractive to prospective candidates.
The "Don'ts of Approaching Interviews
Sometimes people blow their chances of getting their dream job in ways which could be avoided. The following are experiences, which I ,and clients, have had and which have lost candidates the job which they were hoping for: Not answering the question. I had an extreme example of this back in the 1980's. I asked a gentleman in his 50's a specific question relating to his last role. His answer began with, "Let me take you back to 1968"! I groaned inwardly and thought "Please don't". No matter how hard I tried, he would not answer the questions I asked. Don't waffle. You may answer the question but if you go on and on and on and on, you may notice the interviewer's eyes beginning to glaze over. This is not a good sign! You need to give your answer to the question with maybe an example of what you are talking about and then stop! Don't be too succinct. For example, I have interviewed people in the past, who have put "bookkeeping" on their CV. When I have asked them to explain exactly what they did, I have received the answer "Well, you know, bookkeeping"! Unfortunately, I didn't know as bookkeeping to some people can just mean doing ledgers and to others it can include producing the P+L and Balance Sheet. Interviewers don't have crystal balls to guess what you have done, though I often think they would be helpful. You do need to explain. Don't wear strong perfume or aftershave or smoke a cigarette before the interview. Coming up soon - how to practice for an interview.
2018 - A great time to increase your salary
Cavill Robinson is one of the many agencies which contributes to the data for The Report on Jobs. This is produced by the Recruitment and employment Confederation and also PWC and is recognised by government as a key indicator on the jobs market. Reporting on July's data, its key findings this month are that staff vacancies are expanding at their quickest pace since Novemebr last year and that canddiate shortages are at a historical high. This is resulting in a marked increase in starting salaries for people changing jobs. We at Cavill Robinson have been seeing this now for some time. ISo if you are thinking of changing jobs, this is a good year to do so. Why hesitate? Be bold and make the move!