Why is Orchard so different?


University is arguably the ‘time of your life’. It is an opportunity to meet new people, try new things and hope that you will eventually learn to use the washing machine.

Having graduated almost 3 years ago, I was released into the working world just in time for the recession. Brilliant. I know only too well of the hurdles, obstructions and down right rejections graduates face on a daily basis. After 3 years of being encouraged into believing the future is bright, I slowly realised that the world may not be my oyster after all. I digress; this blog was not intended to highlight the economic climate of the time, neither was it to belittle university. It is simply a personal opinion about how Recruitment agencies should treat it’s candidates, no matter what their background. On reflection of my own experiences with recruitment agencies, and those of the friends I have asked, the answer was always the same; We got no reply. Not even a rejection. A rejection would be better because at least that’s something. But alas, the applications of thousands of candidates lie vacuously in the recruitment abyss never to be spoken of again.

And then there’s Orchard. Prior to being plucked from obscurity by Orchard, I researched the company I was to be interviewing for and was impressed; the relationships they build and maintain with their candidates are unique. It is probably this quality that ensures Orchard remains the largest digital, creative and marketing company in the North.

My job as Resourcer allows me to communicate with applicants, challenge myself and learn new things daily. I am inundated with applications from graduates, just like myself seeking recruitment in the sector they feel so passionately about. How ironic that just 6 months ago, I was in their shoes. I was the one manically applying for jobs and harassing recruitment agencies until they were forced to reply to my desperation. It is such desperation that has made me determined to give these applicants the time and consideration I wish I had been given. Admittedly, this sounds incredibly twee when you put it in writing, but it remains a subject in which I, and thousands others, feel very strongly about. If someone is going to take the time to log onto your site, fill out their personal details and apply for a job, the least we can do is acknowledge their application.

That is why Orchard is so different to many agencies.

Katy Mullen

@orchard_katy



Comments...

  • What a refreshing attitude! As the father of several grown children, I am aware of the bleak stuation often facing graduates when the promices of education seem like memories.
    17/05/2012 by Michael Gerard
  • This post really felt that it was directed at me. Over the last 3 years I have struggled, along with many others to start an exciting career. I met with Mike and Andy last week and it was really refreshing to find a company that is willing to give people a chance. I have got my second interview with Orchard shortly and it excites me to think that I might be able to become part of such a refreshing company. Even if the result of the interview is bad I have finally been encouraged by a company to strive for the career I so desperately want. Great post and I am sure many others can relate to it.
    21/05/2012 by Robert Magowan.
  • Hi Katy, Thank you, that was such an encouraging message. After another disheartening day of job hunting having had no luck so far stumbling across this post has made me so much more optimistic to hear there are people out there who are willing to take a chance on graduates like me. I have recently finished a 4-year sandwich course in marketing at Huddersfield and having submitted my CV to you today I am eager to hear your feedback. There is such a huge pool of graduates all passionate and all fighting for someone to listen and very rarely do we see posts such as these. This has really given me the drive and determination I needed to keep on going. Thank you again.
    12/06/2012 by Lucy Ardern
  • "If someone is going to take the time to log onto your site, fill out their personal details and apply for a job, the least we can do is acknowledge their application." I can't speak for your work ethic Katy, but if you practice what you preach then good on you. As for your colleagues though, I have to say they aren't up to your standard. I was interviewed by Orchard as a candidate last year, and they've been in touch with me far few times. It is me who has had to do all the chasing. I even see jobs posted on the website that they don't contact me about, when I think they look suitable. My experience so far is that Orchard are just like every other recruiter – who don’t make any effort to keep in touch with you.
    21/06/2012 by Annon
  • I'm very sorry to hear that you have had a negative experience of Orchard. We do strive to maintain the very highest levels of candidate care that we can. We have a high volume of individuals who register with us and when we are briefed on a new vacancy we do always review existing candidates for suitability as well as advertising it. If you contact a consultant to apply for, or enquire about a position they will always respond with feedback. At this stage I can't comment on your specific situation as you have posted anonymously. Feel free to contact me at mike@orchard.co.uk and I will be happy to review your experience.
    21/06/2012 by Mike Carter, Managing Director - Orchard

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