"John's professional approach in the process and his vast knowledge in international placements was refreshing, rewarding and indeed amazing."
30 years engineering sector experience.
12 years specialising in engineering recruitment.
BSc Civil Engineering and MBA.
Member of NPAworldwide, an association of like-minded recruiters and sourcing specialists in Africa, Middle East, Europe, the Americas and Australasia.
400 firms. 1400 recruiters in 35 countries.
NPAworldwide gives me a way to compete in a global marketplace without sacrificing the unique qualities that distinguish me from larger competitors.
Working For You
I work on no more than 3-4 client assignments at any one time. This allows me space to be thorough and make sure that nothing falls through the cracks. When the pressure heats up, like on recruitment campaigns with multiple vacancies, I have a very tight network of fellow recruiters and sourcing specialists around the world that I can call on. These associates are also there to help me out when I have to search for people in foreign countries.
I have clients in South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East (GCC States), Australia, USA, Canada, Spain and the UK.
Why work with me
I'm a specialist engineering recruiter and know the industry inside-out. I've worked as an engineer and continuously keep up to date with developments in the engineering sector. I understand my clients' needs and save them valuable time by only sending them exactly what they need. I've interviewed thousands of engineers over the years and know what separates the wheat from the chaff.
Superior engineers seldom respond to job adverts and these are precisely the kind of people I network with and speak to on a regular basis. I can pick up the phone and speak to people who are out of the normal reach of hiring managers.
Retaining my services
When I work on retainer I work as a consultant with your company's hat on my head. This gives me the freedom to be critical and pass on additional information that would not normally be made available. I can't guarantee filling every position (sometimes the right people just aren't out there) but I can guarantee that I'll use every trick in the book to maximize the chances of success.
When I work on retainer we agree on a process upfront with clear deliverables with regular feedback as the assignment progresses. Just what you would expect of a normal employee.
Currently Working On
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Contracts Director (UAE)
- Civil Engineering
- Mainstream international contractor
- Full tax-free expat benefit
General Foreman Buildings (Cape Town)
- Minimum 15 years experience in high-rise construction
- Highly competitive salary
- "Big-Five" construction company
Quantity Surveyor (Cape Town)
- Listed company
- High salary
- 15+ years postgrad experience
- Buildings background experience
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I send you my CV
Of course! I may not have a matching position available at that moment but I will certainly contact you when something suitable comes along. Probably 50% of the placements that I make originate from people sending through their CVs. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer career advice?
I offer it only in terms of how I see things as a recruiter. I continuously speak to employers and job seekers and know what each are looking for and how they interact with each other. It's all about making a connection between these two parties and I'm always in the middle of the conversation. You'll also find on this site blogs and guides on things like CV writing, interview preparation, etc.
Will you charge me if you place me?
Absolutely not! The companies that I recruit for pay my fees. I do not charge individual job seekers.
Do you place students and fresh graduates?
This is a tricky one and I'm inclined to say "No". My clients pay me to find exceptional people that they normally can't find themselves. A graduate or student is still an unknown entity in the workplace and there is no guarantee that a brilliant student will become an exceptional employee. Furthermore it is really quite easy to find a graduate (just visit the university) and I normally suggest to my clients that they do this themselves. Having said that, I am always available to offer career advice to young people and share with them what I have picked up in 30 years of workplace experience.
Can you find me a job overseas?
The two considerations here are a work permit and the cost of international relocation. Governments normally only issue work permits to foreigners where skills shortages exist and a hiring company will only assist you in getting a work permit if they can't find someone suitable locally. They will also only pay to relocate you when they have no other choice. You'll increase your chances dramatically if you get your own work permit and do your own relocation. If you get that out of the way I have associates in 6 continents who can help you to find a job on the other side.