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The Real Network

So What's it all about?

At Better Placed, we believe in what we call The Real Network. It’s our way of describing our guiding principles when it comes to resourcing and we’re convinced that it really sets us apart. But what exactly does it mean, and how did we arrive at it?

It’s like this. One of our fundamental beliefs is that great placement isn’t about hurling masses of CVs at clients you don’t really understand. Rather, it’s about matching candidates and employers through deep insights and strong networks. You can’t do that reliably unless you take the time to create an understanding of both candidates and employers which goes well beyond the superficial.

So unlike some other firms, we always try to go beyond online relationships and get to know people in the real world. Talking and listening, preferably face-to-face, rather than just emailing, twittering,   IM-ing or whatever else happens to be the preferred online channel that week.

We try to take the time to understand what really makes an organisation a great place to work. Similarly, we try to establish what candidates are really about, rather than lazily taking their CVs at face value. Understanding the ‘real’ side of things helps us to satisfy our promise of fitting people to organisations, not just CVs to jobs.

So, if you believe that the best conversations don’t start with a #, give us a call. We’ll invite you over, and invariably put the kettle on.

Our Values Our Successes

Our Values

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Be Caring

Never lose sight of the importance of someone’s career and the impact it can have on their life. When it comes to your team, share in their successes and support them when the chips are down. Be mindful that everyone has a life beyond work and help them to achieve the balance they are looking for.

Be proud

Bring energy and positivity to your work and help create a business environment that inspires those around you. Take pride in your work and strive to deliver the level of service that you would be impressed with yourself. Approach all conversations with the long term in mind and build a reputation and a real network that prompts people to return to you for support throughout their career.

Be fearless

Believe in yourself and your expertise, push yourself hard to reduce knowledge gaps, face into tough conversations with professionalism and empathy, don’t be afraid to share an opinion or go against the grain and know when to say “sorry, but we can’t help”.

Be collaborative

Share your learnings with those on the upward curve and remember what is was like to be new to the business. Place yourself in the shoes of your clients, understand what really matters to them and work hard to exceed their expectations. When challenges arise, be innovative, own the problem and provide reassurance that you’ll deliver a solution.

Be insightful

Immerse yourself in your specialist market and continually seek learning opportunities, take conversations beyond the obvious, share your learning and  Believe in your expertise,  immerse yourself in the detail, be commercial and most importantly be the difference.

Our Successes

I’ve always found Simon a sheer delight to work with. He’s always on the ball whether he’s helping you with a career move or finding you great people in the industry to come and work with you. He takes time to listen and understand your brief, and shows boundless energy and patience, when going the extra mile to meet your needs. He’s been spot on for me and wouldn’t hesitate recommending him to anyone looking for their next move or an employer looking for an honest, ‘tell it how it is’ recruitment expert.



Alison Kildunne – Head of Marketing at Hallmark Cards

Better Placed always demonstrate a great understanding of the roles we seek to recruit for. They certainly put in the time learning about our business requirements and the briefs we put to market. As a result, before an interview with their candidates I will always be confident that I will be meeting an individual of the right calibre, possessing relevant experience and it will more than likely be a productive interview.

Andy Roberts, Marketing Director – Perform

Claire is a highly personable, professional and supportive recruiter. She had great knowledge of her client and took all the pressure off myself by managing the whole process extremely effectively from start to finish. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any client looking for a great recruitment partner or a candidate looking for their next role.

Anthony – CRM Campaign Manager at Greene King

Alison placed me in my role at Icelolly and was a pleasure to deal with throughout the recruitment process. She gets to know you, listens in detail to what you want and only approaches you with roles that are suitable and which are in line with your career goals. She doesn’t try and force particular opportunities on you, just to get them filled, or lose interest if you decide a specific role isn’t right for you.
During the process everything was very well managed and explained – I was always fully briefed on the next steps and the roles themselves and Alison ensured I got all feedback quickly.
She’s a fab person to boot and lovely to have a natter with when time permits 🙂

Arianne – Digital Marketing Manager at icelolly.com

Claire is an excellent recruiter with a great proactive attitude. She is professional in every sense and went above and beyond in helping me secure a new position. She kept me up to date at all times during the process and offered invaluable advice in relation to interviewing techniques and skills.

Great people skills, friendly, comprehensive and easy to work with; I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Claire to other people who are seeking a new career path.


Adam – Performance and Standards at The FA