What are the top 5 things candidates are looking for in a company?

what are candidates looking for in a company?

Opportunities to develop

Some people have a clear vision of where they want to be in five or ten years’ time. Others aren’t so sure but knowing that there are opportunities to progress is really important to most people when they are making decisions about a new job.

Employers offering clear career paths or who are prepared to invest in continued professional development for their staff are likely to attract the best applicants. It is also key to retaining good employees, staff are more likely to leave because of lack of opportunities than for any other reason.

 Work life balance

Most people are prepared to work hard and be committed to an employer but they also want to know that they have the balance right. Flexible working and the option to work from home is increasingly on the wish list of many job seekers.

Clear leadership

Whether it is leadership at the top of an organisation or a line manger that someone feels they can be mentored by and learn from leadership is key. With unemployment at a record low, job seekers have more choice than ever about who they work for. Knowing that your new organisation has clear, strong leadership and direction is very appealing.

Company culture

Simply put people want to work in places where they share the values of an organisation. They want to be happy to go to work and feel that their contributions are valued. What one person looks for in a prospective employer will be different to another.  For some a culture where everyone is valued and has a voice will be important. Others might feel that they thrive in a competitive environment where success and achievements are acknowledged and rewarded.

The package, salary and benefits

Pay level isn’t always as important to people as you might think but of course it does play a role in the decision-making process. Increasingly people are conscious of not just the basic salary they are offered but all the other things that they may or may not be offered as part of their package. A generous pension package, private healthcare, gym membership and other perks or rewards are all valuable additions which can help to recruit and retain staff.

If you are looking for help or advice on recruiting staff then get in touch. At Mainline we have a wealth of experience of matching candidates to suitable jobs and helping businesses recruit the right staff at the right time.

Finding the right candidates for the job

Finding the right individual for a role isn’t always straightforward. Obviously, some jobs are easier to find suitable applicants for than others. So much depends on the industry and the type of role, there are some industries which are currently experiencing a skills shortage and this can pose difficulties for employers. In other area’s there might appear to be a plentiful supply of qualified candidates but having the right qualifications is just part of the story. Often experience, attitude, and personality are just as important.

There are some things employers can do to make the process of finding the perfect new employee easier.

Be clear on what you are looking for

Employers are often side tracked when they receive applications. CVs come in and it can be overwhelming. Having a clear job description and person specification will make every stage of the recruitment process, from advertising and shortlisting right through to making a final appointment, easier.

Use an agency with experience and expertise of recruiting for your sector

People often underestimate just how time-consuming recruiting staff can be. Using a recruitment agency will save time and ensure you only spend time looking at relevant candidates. If you need staff quickly or are looking for someone with very specific expertise or skills in shortage areas then using an agency can make all the difference. A good recruitment consultant will know exactly where to look for the right applicants and usually be able to present employers with CVs for relevant candidates they would never have received if they were managing the recruitment process themselves.

Be focused when interviewing

When it comes to the interview stage it is important to be prepared. Ensure you have looked at CVs ahead of the interview so you can ask questions about anything that isn’t clear, seek clarification on gaps in employment and fully understand what candidates have actually done in their previous roles.

Try and make sure everyone feels comfortable, an interview shouldn’t be an endurance test, if the interviewee is at ease they will be more honest and open with their answers and you will gain a much clearer picture of who they are as well as their skills and experience.

Set a practical task

Depending on the role it is often useful to set a practical task. This doesn’t have to be long or challenging but by setting a task which is relevant to the role it will give you an insight into how an individual approaches work. Some people are brilliant at interviews and will have you convinced they can do anything, others don’t perform as well as they should in an interview scenario but will surprise you by how capable they are when you see them actually focused on a task.

At Mainline we can help with the complete recruitment process, our team of experienced recruitment consultants will work with you and ensure they understand exactly what you are looking for and how any new employee will fit within your business.

If you are considering recruiting new staff get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can help.

Meet our new MD Helen

We have had an exciting few months here at Mainline, after welcoming our new Managing Director Helen Harvey to the team in May. We are extremely fortunate to have Helen join our team, as she brings with her a tremendous amount of recruitment experience, with 25 years in the industry.

Helen worked in retail management prior to joining the recruitment sector in 1993 and has worked in a number of different roles within the industry, including: Senior Business Manager, Regional Manager, Regional Director and now Managing Director. She has vast experience of working within both temporary and permanent recruitment.



Having always lived and worked in South West England, Helen has a tremendous amount of knowledge of the industries based in this region. Her experience will be a particularly vital aspect to her role as she grows the Mainline brand throughout the South West.

We view our team here at Mainline like family, supporting each other to ensure that everyone builds strong relationships with colleagues and with clients. Although she has only recently started with the team, Helen has situated herself extremely well, with many of the team stating ‘it feels like we’ve known her for years.’

With regards to joining Mainline Helen said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of MD here at Mainline; they are a very well-known brand that continually prove that they are driven and dedicated to delivering excellent customer service. I look forward to a fantastic future here at the company and I am excited to be a part of the brilliant team”.

Matthew Reddy, CEO of People Solutions Group says of Helen’s appointment, “On behalf of the entire team at People Solutions Group and Mainline we want to welcome to Helen to the family; we look forward to working with her to continue delivering our outstanding services levels to all our valued Clients whilst expanding Mainline further throughout the South West. Mainline growth will play a important part in PSG achieving its goal of £100m turnover this year.”

Join the Mainline Family


Due to expansion, we are currently looking for motivated, driven individuals to join our team. Roles we currently have available are;

Recruitment Consultants

The ideal candidates will be driven and self- motivated with strong communication skills, as well as being articulate with a persuasive nature. You will cope well under pressure and within a demanding work environment that can often be challenging yet varied. You will possess outstanding customer service skills and have the ability to work both as part of a busy team and also on your own initiative.

The roles will involve:

You must have good PC/ admin skills, possess the ability to multi task and work to deadlines. Travelling to clients premises will be a major part of the role therefore you must hold a full UK driving licence and your own car.

In return we offer a very competitive package of £25k – £35k OTE.

If you think that you have the skills that we need and want to be part of our team then please submit your CV to

If you are interested in this role please send us your CV & Covering letter to


Valerie Wood has worked for Mainline Employment since it opened in 1990. We would all like to wish her Happy Birthday and hope she has the most wonderful day with her friends and Family!!

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Join the team at Mainline Employment


We are currently looking for 2 Recruitment Consultants to join our successful, expanding Driving team.

The ideal candidates will be driven and self- motivated with strong communication skills, as well as being articulate with a persuasive nature. You will cope well under pressure and within a demanding work environment that can often be challenging yet varied. You will possess outstanding customer service skills and have the ability to work both as part of a busy team and also on your own initiative.

The roles will involve:

Travelling to clients premises will be a major part of the role therefore you must hold a full UK driving licence and your own car. You must have good PC/ admin skills, possess the ability to multi task and work to deadlines.

In return we offer a very competitive package of £25k – £35k OTE.

If you think that you have the skills that we need and want to be part of our team then please submit your CV to

Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards 2016

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Mainline Employment are proud sponsors of The Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards 2016.

The prestigious awards have been going for 22 years, have become the business recognition platform that elevates outstanding organisations above the rest.

Mainline have been sponsoring the Staff and Customer Care Award at the Wiltshire Business of the Year Awards since entering & winning ourselves 10 years ago.

The awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at Center Parcs Longleat last week.

Hundreds of business leaders and their employees dressed to the nines for the event, the 22nd year in the history of the awards.

Swindon-based Wasdell Packaging Ltd came out on top, taking the Outstanding Excellence Award, but they were given a run for their money by the biggest number of entrants in recent years.

Here is a run down of the winners & runners up.

Customer and Staff Care
sponsored by Mainline Recruitment

1st: Imagine Cruising
2nd: BIL Group
3rd: Thirdline

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Business Person of the Year sponsored by RSM
1st: Cardwave – Paul Norbury
2nd: CIS – Richard Marsh
3rd: toinfinity – Al Keck

Medium Sized Enterprise
sponsored by Nat West Bank

1st: Wasdell Packaging
2nd: Whitehall Garden Centre
3rd: Cardwave/NCE Computer Group
Services to the Community
sponsored by BBC Wiltshire

1st: Imagine Cruising
2nd: Cardwave
3rd: Office Evolution
Small Business of the Year
sponsored by MJ Church

1st: C3 Marketing
2nd: Thirdline
3rd: Office Evolution
Start Up Business of the Year
sponsored by The Enterprise Network

1st: SMARTech Energy
2nd: AB Recruitment
3rd: Future of Football
Apprenticeship, Training and Professional DevelopMENT
sponsored by Wiltshire College

1st: Chippenham Motor Company
2nd: Haddon Training
3rd: PH Sports
Outstanding Excellence award
sponsored by Thrings

1st: Wasdell Packaging
2nd: Bechtle
3rd: TM Group/Chippenham Motor Company

For the full story and more pictures visit 

The Amrit Award 2016



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Amrit Bumbra worked for Mainline Employment from May 1995 to July 2006 when she sadly died after a long and hard battle with Cancer. She helped build the business from £1million to £7million turnover and would regularly stay at the office until a very late hour to fill bookings. Her commitment was evident to everyone who met her, including clients who warmed to her instantly. This helped build a reputation for Mainline that we continue to work hard to maintain. Amrit is sorely missed by all of her colleagues and to enable us to continue her good work and allow us to remember her; an award is presented each year to a member of staff that works in the way Amrit always strived towards. Just some of these values that Amrit held were:

These are the qualities that Amrit looked for and led by example to everyone she worked with. Since 2007, every year Mainline colleagues have voted for who they believe has shown the values and qualities that Amrit held dear within the work place, and last night the Amrit award was given to a Mainline team member who has shown dedication, hard work and commitment to her role at Mainline Employment.

Emma Harris from our Industrial Team in Bedminster, won 1st Prize and alongside her award was given £150 in vouchers. £150 was also donated to Amrits charity Cancer Research UK.

In second place for the award was Carly Hurst, also from our industrial division in Bedminster. Carly’s mother Julie Cocking was also a great contributor to Mainline and sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2009. Carly was awarded with £100 in vouchers and £100 was donated to her mother’s charity, which is their local football club.

Third prize of £50 each plus £100 for our Postman who recently suffered a stroke and can’t work, was awarded to Sarah Oxlade from our commercial division in the city centre & Fiona Page who is in our driving division in Swindon.

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Amrits daughter & Mainline Area Manager awarding Emma Harris her prize.

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Fiona Page & Sarah Oxlade accepting their prize for their outstanding contribution to Mainline.

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Julie Cocking, whose charity received a £100 donation in her name.


Text Santa

The Bedmisnter office will be taking part in ITV’s Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day again this year raising money for Charities at Christmas.

For details on how you can join in and donate go to

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Santas on the Run Bristol 2015

The Mainline team will be taking part in this years Santas on the run for the Children’s Hospice South West.

Starting at Lloyds Amphitheatre the Mainline team will be joining Santas of all ages and taking to the streets around Bristol’s Historic Harbour on a 2k route.

Why not join the team on Sunday the 13th of December for all things Christmassy, while raising money for a great cause.

For more information on how to register to take part, or just to come along and cheer us along, visit

Getting jobs seekers into the work place.

On Tuesday the 20th of October members of our Swindon branch were involved in a major jobs push organised by the Job Centre Staff in Swindon, to help its benefit claimants back into work with the help of a town centre jobs fair.

Twenty employers pitched up at Jobcentre Plus in Princes Street with the promise of job opportunities for those looking for work in the Swindon area.

Along with Mainline Employment, other employers taking part in the jobs fair to meet with prospective employees face-to-face were Dyson, McDonald’s, Swindon Designer Outlet, TK Maxx and Premier Inn.

For the full story visit The Swindon Advertiser


Mainline Comic Relief 2015

The Mainline Girls are getting stuck in with Red Nose Day this year. We recognise the importance of the Charity and the fundamental difference it makes to thousands of lives across the world.

To do our part to make that difference, Sonya has organised for Mainline to volunteer at Direct Response in Bristol City Centre to help the team take Comic Relief Calls and Donations throughout the evening.

These amazing Mainline Employee’s are giving up their time to support Comic Relief 2015:

In addition to this, Annabel has brought in some delicious cakes for us to buy and all money will go directly to Comic Relief. Pictures and updates how you can donate too can be found on our Facebook Page.

ISO Accreditation

We had our annual visit from ISO last week and are pleased to announce we have had our accreditation renewed. Well done all!

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Mainline Race for Life

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The Mainline Employment team showed Cancer who is boss on Sunday the 6th July by taking part in the Bristol Race For life on the Downs, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

We ran in memory of Amrit Bumbra, Julie Cocking and Terry Godfrey who were all fundamental members of the Mainline family!

Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. It is a series of 5k and 10k events which help raise money to beat all 200 types of cancer. Since Race for Life started in 1994, an incredible six million women have taken part and raised more than £493million for Cancer Research UK.

To sponsor the Mainline team you can go to 

For information about where your sponsorship goes, visit


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Charity Abseil for the Brandon Trust Charity.

On Sunday the 18th of May, Mainlines Amy Lawton from our Bedminster office was raising money for the Brandon Trust Charity, supporting people with learning disabilities, buy taking part in a sponsored abseil at Avon George.

 Mainline Employment sponsored Amy £100 to take part and she raised a fantastic £200 for the charity.

After Sundays success, Amy is now considering taking part in a sky dive to raise more money for Charity so watch this space.

For ways you can get involved in the Brandon Trust go to

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