As candidates and clients you won't be surprised to learn that the internet has changed the recruitment market dramatically for both job seekers and employers. Online recruitment is superseding the more traditional ways and recruiters are casting a net out every day to job boards where they think your candidate is most likely to swim, however in doing so, they are doing what everyone else is doing, swimming in the same pool and all the client ends up with is being emailed with 100's of CV's that are not applicable to their specific requirements, this is where Number8  Search-Recruit believes that you cannot replace the traditional methods of using a good recruiter in what is a people business.

Number8 Search-Recruitment  are not a database agency, all our  work is up to date research through sourcing candidates daily that we term to be passive i.e they're not on the job market seeking new roles. We find this works exceptionally well as the best people are more than likely already in a job. Our success in gaining interest this way through passive search is successful and we believe this is because we approach people with respect and sensitivity. We maximize our influencing skills in selling and presenting our clients opportunity to candidates in a clear and professional way.


Mark Woodley, Founder of IP Networks Ltd. December 4, 2018.

"Caroline is one of those rare researchers who looks beyond mere tick-boxes (which often misses out key  skills)and tries to get under the skin of candidates, by getting them to express how they could contribute to  particular roles from the outset and ensuring they document this, to add value to both the employer and the  client in matching roles."

Yasmin Heckbarally, Interim HR Policy Writer - People Policy Management at UK Research and Innovation. November 21, 2018.

"Caroline is a dedicated professional who works extremely hard in supporting individuals through the  recruitment process. She is effective, efficient, transparent and dedicated in building a reputable image of  herself and the Company she represents. I look forward to working with Caroline again in the future."

Andrew Bramfitt, Master Planner at Rural Payments Agency. October 9, 2018.

"Having spent many years working with various recruitment agencies as both a candidate and a client, I happy to state that Caroline is one of the very best I have encountered. She immediately understands the needs of both, is clear and concise in providing support and guidance and maintains a level of regular contact sadly missing from many other recruiters. Caroline even went as far as to work late on a Sunday evening to ensure I had everything needed to meet a submission deadline the following day. Caroline has a wealth of experience in sourcing candidates and a keen appreciation of understanding complex skill sets and how to match them to a clients needs. I have no hesitation in recommending Caroline for either candidate or client."

Kal Perwaz, Principal ISMS and Cyber Security Consultant at Nordea. June 13, 2018.

"Caroline is great professional to work with. She demonstrates this through her dedication to her respective  clients and provides excellent feedback in a prompt and clear manner. It is a pleasure to recommend her to  anyone who wants the best in insights, advice and representation."

Mark Laywood, Senior Executive Interim Project Programme Transformation Manager. May 31, 2018.

"Caroline is excellent and great to work with fully understands the skills required from the brief and goes  above and beyond to offer help advice and support at all times."

Justine Smith, Organisational Consultant Designer & Developer, Coach, Change Manager, Certified facilitor of LEGO. May 31, 2018.

"Caroline is clearly an experienced recruiter, taking time to understand a candidates needs and to explain  the big picture and process of her client's recruitment requirements. She combines that rare quality of being  super efficient, helpful and friendly. She went out of her way to help me further ... and quite frankly I felt  really valued by her."

Carlos Freitas, Contracts & Procurement Manager at UK Debt Management Office. February 8, 2018.

"Caroline was extremely helpful in finding me an assignment. She was professional, courteous and genuinely interested in finding a position that was suitable to my skills and experience. I will certainly continue working with her in the future."

Leslie Teale, Field Trials Specialist at Infineum. February 2, 2018

"I have been actively seeking a new job since my redundancy in October 2017, having been with that company for 25 years. During the last 4 months I have made many unsuccessful applications, through various recruitment agencies, failing even to achieve the shortlist. Caroline was (and is) the recruiter for a position I applied for online in January this year. On the same day my application was submitted, I received a telephone and email from Caroline. She explained to me, that although my CV contained all the requirements in the job specification, as it stands it would not be shortlisted. Following the recommendations in her email, I reformatted my CV that evening to meet the submission deadline the next day. I made the shortlist, was interviewed and await the outcome. None of this would have been possible without Caroline’s intervention. Caroline is different from other recruiters I have come across over the past 4 months. She actually cares about the candidates in her care. Communication by telephone and email is frequent, relevant, professional and fun. Caroline’s intervention in my recent application undoubtedly resulted in me being shortlisted and at least in with a chance. I am extremely grateful to Caroline, during what has been a tortuous 4 months. I wholeheartedly recommend her if you find yourself in need of a new job."

Martin Wright, Home Office Enterprise Services PMO. November 16, 2017.

"Caroline has been very supportive of my objective to move into contracting. This is a new area for me and she has exhibited considerable knowledge and experience, which has enabled me to understand the process much better. She has good contacts throughout the recruiting world which she has offered to leverage in my quest to secure a new role and has provided valuable advice regarding how to structure applications and which vacancies have the greatest likelihood of success - rather than playing the numbers. Very professional and supportive."

Remi Banjo, MSc, MSP Advanced Practitioner. November 14, 2017.

"My experience of working with Caroline has been absolutely pleasant. She has a very calm nature and personality which came across beautifully. On the phone she was very helpful, honest and extremely patient. After each phone conversation I actually mused over how nice she was! Unlike most recruitment consultants I have worked with, I didn't get barked at or tried to be manipulated into taking a role that I did not know much about! Caroline is extremely helpful, which in itself is much needed when one is dealing with the anxiety of looking for a new assignment. I will be recommending colleagues to Caroline now and most definitely in the future. Best Wishes, Remi."

Nina Grima, Business Support Officer, July 19, 2017

"Caroline contacted me today regarding an opportunity. Caroline was friendly and very approachable while maintaining a professional manner. Caroline was able to look deeper at my CV to appreciate the full breadth and wealth of experience I have to offer an organisation. I appreciated Caroline's approach and interest in ensuring that I was a good fit not only to the role but the organisation as well. It was refreshing to speak with a consultant who was genuinely interested in getting the best outcome for both parties. I would happily recommend Caroline on the basis of today's conversations and the time taken to ensure the best possible application is submitted. Thank you Caroline!"

Kathryn Ayton, Associate, Risk Advisory at Deloitte UK. May 18, 2017

"I contacted Caroline about a potential role and she couldn't have been more helpful. She got back to me  quickly and took the time to explain the process to me - it was so refreshing these days to speak to a real  professional who cares about the people she recruits."

Tony Milanese, Financial Analyst/Economist at Freelance Independent. February 8, 2017

"Caroline contacted me about a potential opportunity. I have been impressed with Caroline's honest  approach to candidates as she doesn't promise the world and similarly she takes the candidates  perspectives in mind when deciding to go forward. I find this approach refreshing and more effective than  recruiters 'hit and miss' attitude. I look forward to maintaining a positive liaison with Caroline and have  every confidence in her ability to deal with candidates and clients alike."

Mark O'Connor, Local Government & Healthcare, Performance Intelligence Management. February 2, 2017.

"Caroline is an very personable, experienced and professional consultant, who readily understands the NHS executive business requirements of her clients and builds good rapport through being knowledgeable and understanding of the NHS requirements within commissioning, NHS performance and strategy. Unlike most recruiting consultants, Caroline focuses on the right match of capabilities through discussing client needs and understanding their delivery requirements, and offers a practical, positive solutions based approach. I recommend Caroline to my colleagues when considering recruitment requirements that are specific to their organisation needs and aspirations."

John Bucknall, Service Architect, Transition Manager & IT Specialist - Manager & Practitioner. January 31, 2017

"Having just worked with Caroline for the first time, I must say that I have been more than impressed. She  contacted me personally regarding a potential role and then worked diligently to understand my background  and ensure that it was appropriately matched to the requirement. That level of in depth personal care and  service is refreshing and not always easy to find in the HR recruitment world and, on that basis, I would  highly recommend Caroline."

Liz Goddard, Senior HR Manager with HR generalist & Specialist Learning & Development experience. December 20, 2016

"Caroline has just approached me regarding a very interesting role and I was really impressed. Although we  haven't yet had an opportunity to work together professionally, I really liked her approach to recruitment.  She clearly has extensive experience in her field and I look forward to working with her."

Liba Weltman, Owner, Liba Weltman Associates. May 17, 2012.

"Caroline is a highly effective and resourceful researcher. I hired her first as a freelance and shortly  afterwards as a full time Senior Researcher She had a complete understanding of the brief and her  research was very valuable to my business. I would highly recommend Caroline's work. "

Nicholas Bull, Tenbrick. May 17, 2012.

"Caroline Forde... How many words am I allowed? Caroline is unique, a rare breed, and arguably the best person I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Caroline was able to manage and transact the same volume of business as the rest of the research team combined. Her personality allows her to build relationships internally as well as externally almost immediately with even the coldest of clients, then maintain them. Her infectious likeability, twinned with her strong work ethic and integrity, make her the ideal consultant. Professionally she never fails to deliver on assignments and projects ahead of schedule. Personally, I cannot remember a day we've shared working together when she has not made me laugh from the soul. In summary, she is fantastic."

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