The Candidate has been built on a combination of both
recruitment sector and marketing sector experience, which we
believe helps us to best address client and candidate requirements.
Over the last 5 years we've employed the right mix of people from
these backgrounds who have stayed with us and grown their careers here. But it's not only
about the mix, it's
identifying the right people from those sectors that will
ensure we continue to be successful and continue to grow with the
region's digital, marketing and media sectors.
So read about Sarah Molden who has
recently joined us from a media sales background and why she hasn't
only chosen to move into recruitment, but why she has chosen The
Can you tell us more about your background?
I worked in media
sales for 12 years at some of the best known media companies in
the UK. Starting as most sales people do at a classified level, I
then moved up to display and then into creative solutions,
specialising in digital and print content. I have been lucky enough
to work with some amazing brands and with a lot of media and
creative agencies so I have a good understanding of what they look
for in a candidate.
Why did you choose to go into recruitment?
The main reason I wanted to go into recruitment is to
prove to people that we are not all bad! I want to help people to
find the next step in their careers, as do all the people who work
at The Candidate. It is such an important part of your life, you
should love where you work and be passionate about it. I want to
help people find the right fit for them, just like I have done at
What do you think you can do for Agency candidates on
I know that it is such a hard decision to move jobs,
especially when you have been at a company for a long time. I will
be able to advise candidates on opportunities within the market and
which would best suit them. For me it is all about the
candidate-client fit and I will be able to help to find the right
place for them to fulfil their career aspirations.
What are you always looking for in a candidate?
I want honesty from my candidates, it is really important
to know what would motivate them within their next role and to be
honest about it. Having strong skills and a passion for digital is
also really important along with the right attitude. Finding a job
is easy, finding the perfect job is a lot more difficult but that
is what we want to achieve.
Why did you want to work at The Candidate?
I never thought I would ever move into recruitment, I had
some really bad experiences in the past with consultants who didn't
listen or care. However, when I met with the team at The Candidate
I knew they were different. From my initial call with Matt I realised that he actually wanted to hear
about what I was looking for, then when I met with Simon, Brian, Laura and Colin I was sold.
Everyone makes you feel welcome and part of the family and they are
all there to help you. They understood how I was feeling moving
into a new profession, as the majority don't have recruitment
Coming from the South have you noticed any differences
in the Digital Industry?
Having started my career in London I have always thought
of it as being the home of media.
However, over the last decade the digital industry has evolved with
a lot of regional growth. In particular, many media agencies
have chosen to make the North their new hub, you only have to look
as far as the BBC and global
media giants such as Dentsu Aegis to see
the calibre of businesses who have made the move. The digital
industry is booming in the North and this the main reason
I decided to build my new life in Manchester.
The Candidate is not like other recruitment companies, we
put the candidate first (the name says it all).