Annabel Plowman on preparing for Black Friday & retail 'peak'

Annabel Plowman heads up the Retail and FMCG team here at Cast UK and has worked in recruitment for over 3 years now but prior to this she worked in the Retail sector.

Employers – get the most from your recruitment consultant

Whether you’re new to using a recruitment consultant or you've been dealing with them for a long time, have you ever considered whether you’re really making the most of what they have to offer?

Candidate Q+A – Range Coordinator, Ian Evans

As part of Cast UK’s Retail Team, a big part of my job is to meet with candidates in person to gain a better understanding not only of their experience & skill set, but of their personality, as culture fit is key in making a successful match.

I met with Ian towards the end of 2016 and during our meeting he indicated that he was keen to move back into a buying role in retail. Not long after meeting Ian I took on a role with Stax Trade Centres and it was clear to me straight away that he would be a great fit for them.

Where marketing meets recruiting

As employment levels stand at an all-time high, its more crucial than ever to understand that recruiting the best talent is no longer the simple linear process of years gone by.

In a candidate-driven market, the best talent can take their pick of the best roles, meaning the companies need to work harder than ever to attract new people to their businesses.

Cast UK outlook for recruitment in Quarter 2

The outlook for recruitment in the UK is positive for quarter 2 as our clients and candidates are telling us that they remain confident in the current buoyant job market.

Cast UK welcome 3 new hires and 1 promotion

We're delighted to announce a trio of new hires, Ben Oliver Campbell, Charlie Lambert, Ben Smith and one promotion, Rowan Kimmins, who will all be strengthening the recruitment team at our head office in Manchester.

5 reasons to work at Cast UK

Whenever I meet with candidates to discuss opportunities here at the Cast UK, I always ask them; “what strengths can you bring the team?”, “what makes you stand out against other candidates?” or “why do you want to work at Cast UK?”.

5 key themes from the Recruitment Agency Expo

Yesterday our Marketing team and our HR and Training team headed down to Birmingham for the 2016 Recruitment Agency Expo.

Why do recruitment clients ask for poor service?

I have worked as a professional recruiter for almost 12 years and it still amazes me that some clients insist on receiving poor service from recruiters – in fact they request it!
Picture this…

A client (let’s call him John from ABC Limited) needs a new manager to join his team. This need is pretty urgent as it is due to the previous incumbent resigning and now working his month’s notice. So what does John do? Now, if he is new to recruitment he may Google agencies within his sector. If not, then he may look up his recruiter contacts he has dealt with over the years. Either way, he will have an overwhelming urge to contact lots of recruiters and brief them on his requirement.

My career as a Buyer

My career as a buyer... and how this led to working in recruitment.