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Ready? Get Set! ASL Welcomes Two New Starters To The Team!

Jaydon Mant and Rob Terrell
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Marketing Consultant - babelmonkey

ASL Recruitment took the quiet time during the last year to make significant improvements to the way we operate, streamlining processes, revamping the brand identity and building a brand new website with increased functionality, making it easier than ever for our candidates and our clients to find what they're looking for, register for jobs, register a job, and handle timesheets. We've also been running events to keep our candidates and clients up-to-date with all the changes surrounding Employment Law - it's been a tricky time and we wanted to lend as much support as possible. All this preparation has meant we're out of the starting gate on the gun as lockdown measures ease and we're delighted to say, we've now added two new members to our team of recruiters!

Here at ASL Recruitment, we say ‘people make the difference’ because it’s true. What makes your company stand out amongst others in your field is the staff on your team. We’re delighted to say, we’ve recently introduced two new members to complement our successful team.

It’s been a tough year for recruitment. Many employers closed their doors and furloughed their staff, negating the requirement for temporary workers, and the uncertainty of the pandemic meant many permanent hiring considerations were put on hold as companies struggled to make sense of things. Many recruitment agencies followed suit but ASL took a different route. With careful planning, improvement of systems, a new website, and the launch of new events to support clients and candidates, ASL is now ready to expand and has taken on two new recruits to help more clients and candidates in Ashford, Rye, and Eastbourne, as well as continuing to serve our established area around Hastings.

 

Introducing Rob Terrell

Rob joins ASL from a background in retail and customer services, and most recently, selling utilities for a company based in Brighton. Rob is specialising in permanent recruitment across a number of sectors including Engineering, Logistics, Legal, Marketing and Financial, and he’s keen to expand our reach into Ashford, Rye and the surrounding areas. A natural people-person, Rob’s key focus is around relationship building. We think a large part of his ability to build rapport quickly is his experiences growing up in Dubai, which has given him a natural curiosity for people and about other cultures. He loves to travel (COVID permitting, of course!) and has spent time navigating Souks in Morocco, climbing temples in Thailand and wandering along Venetian canals. Having bought his first home with his girlfriend, and become a ‘dog daddy’, Rob wanted to work closer to home and when he saw ASL Recruitment was hiring, he leapt at the chance.

“I recently bought my first home with my girlfriend. As an RSPCA inspector, she works shifts and so together time can be challenging. We’ve also become puppy parents to Winnie the Cockapoo and these changes led me to reevaluate what I was doing. I decided I wanted a better work-life balance, something that didn’t require four hours per day of commuting. I was immediately drawn to ASL because they have such a good reputation locally. I’m chuffed to bits to be working with them and already have learned so much from Jason and the team. It will be great to meet everyone together in person when we organize the first post-lockdown staff get-together!”

 

Introducing Jaydon Mant

Jaydon was “living the dream” with a successful venture running clubs, events and holiday packages in Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife. The COVID-19 hit – hard! With the Hospitality industry shut down for the foreseeable future, Jaydon returned to the UK in search of a new challenge to which he could transfer his sales skills and use his outgoing personality in a new industry that would still allow him to put a smile on people’s faces. He arrived in Eastbourne and a close friend who was already registered with and working through ASL referred him. Jaydon made the call and registered too. During his registration interview, it became clear he had the right blend of attitude and skills to join ASL and learn the art of recruitment.

“Am I happy? Yes, I am! Although, if you’d asked me the same question this time last year, it would have been a very different story! It has been a bit of a rocky road for everyone during the pandemic and that included me. I was living in Spain and trying to create events – with no tourists to sell to! I like recruitment though. Unlike with my previous role where I was dealing with new people all the time, I like the longer-term nature of the relationship you can build with clients and with candidates. It’s very satisfying.”

To get to this point, ASL’s Managing Director, Jason Perry, spent 2020 making significant changes to the way ASL operates, putting a new website in place and starting a number of events designed to support clients and candidates through the darkest periods of lockdown.

“Whilst furlough was still a part of the mix, Jason took the opportunity to keep ASL open for the clients that needed us. He even found a way to furlough our long-standing temporary workers so they wouldn’t be left completely out of pocket. At the same time, he decided to revamp the ASL brand and put a new website in place with increased functionality that would make life easier for both our clients and our candidates. The new website allows timesheets to be handled entirely online, so there is no longer the need for passing pieces of paper back and forth or for dropping them into the office for processing. Additionally, clients can now upload their vacancies directly to the Client Portal at any time of the day or night. Candidates can register online, uploading their CV and all the required paperwork, and they can also keep their contact details, work records, qualifications, and certificates up to date themselves rather than having to contact the office to do so. The new website also allows candidates to sign up for text message notifications when a new job matching their requirements and skill set is uploaded to the site. It makes it all so much more efficient for us, for our candidates and for our clients.” ~ John Marcroft, Recruitment Director 

ASL has also introduced a new video interviewing system that benefits both clients and candidates. The unique setup allows for a more streamlined approach to interviewing for our clients, helping to recruit the right candidate more efficiently.

In addition, ASL has been running Facebook Candidate Question Time, live on Facebook, initially each Saturday morning at 10 am and then moving to bi-monthly as the situation calmed and candidates became less concerned and more used to how things such as the furlough scheme worked.

"One of the most popular events has been the Employer’s Weekly HR Call, a free forum where business owners and HR Managers and Directors in the East Sussex region have been able to share their concerns, experiences, knowledge and challenges with other business owners and HR Managers. These have been invaluable for many who were trying to keep up with the legislation, which was at one point, changing daily! I also co-host a weekly “HR in 10" sessions with Jason, a ten-minute rundown of the latest events in HR, aired live on YouTube each Thursday at 10 am.” – Kimberly Bradshaw, HR Consultant

“Candidates and clients have recognized the support ASL has given them throughout the pandemic and local businesses have seen the value add in ASL’s services. As a result, we’re seeing business levels return to better than pre-pandemic levels and this has facilitated our next step: expansion of the team! It’s a really lovely feeling to be able to offer two people an opportunity in this exciting industry!” commented Jason Perry, ASL Managing Director.

ASL Recruitment was established in 1999 and has been serving Hastings and the surrounding area ever since placing temporary and permanent roles across a variety of sectors including Industrial and Manufacturing, Legal, Finance, Marketing, Technology and Office Support, from junior up to board level. Our co-founder and Managing Director, Jason Perry is an HR specialist and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. For further information on our recruitment or consultancy services, email  hastings@aslgroup.co.uk or call us on 01424 452999.