The Weekender: 2017 in review – how have we done?

Where has the year gone? Whilst there’s still a lot to do in the last weeks of December between 2018 planning, appraisals and looking forward to a well-earned Christmas break – I’ve taken time out reflect and take stock of the year. So, how have we done?

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone that has helped and supported us during 2017. We leave 2017 having helped a record number of candidates take the next step in their careers and clients hire staff that can well and truly make a difference in their organisations. We’re a service business and it doesn’t happen without you. Thank you.

My message to staff at the end of last year was that I didn’t want us putting up artificial mental barriers on what we could achieve. That if we set our minds to it and worked hard, who knew how far we could take it? I asked them to #BeLikeBrock, which became our mantra this year. Well, it’s been a year where stamina has been truly tested. But, at the end of the year, I think we can be really proud of how far the business has moved forward and what we’ve achieved.

I also predicted that we were entering a supply driven market, where under-hiring in previous years would lead to an increased battle for junior talent. That’s played out across our markets and the ‘War for Talent’ is back on. The power balance has shifted towards the more mobile workforce, with increased choice leading to larger egos and candidate expectations spiralling. We’ve had to respond and adapt to this market dynamic. Candidate assessment is far more important than candidate access and having a very clear niche and focus is one of our strengths.

The recruitment market continues to be crowded and standing apart is always difficult. One of our values is #FansNotCustomers. It gets harder as we see others take shortcuts, but we aim to continually evolve, advance and deliver to a standard that we can be proud of. If our team has disappointed, please do get in touch with me – we want to improve. We want to raise the bar continually, but without losing sight of our culture and values. It’s what makes us unique and we want to cherish that. Help keep us accountable.

As we head into 2018, I find the market difficult to read. Will it continue? Let’s hope so! I believe that it will remain strong, at least for Q1 but beyond that, the tea leaves are a little murky. One thing will always read true – firms looking to get ahead of their competitors will invariably fight it out to secure individuals who can help them go further, faster.

We’re one of those firms: If what we do – and crucially how we do it – sounds interesting to you (or people you know), please don’t hesitate to get in touch or spread the word.

Have a very Happy Christmas. We look forward to catching up in the New Year.

Logan Naidu & the Dartmouth Partners team