20 years recruiting and filling roles in the Midlands for the Creative, Marketing and Digital Sectors
“It's great to work with an agency that values a proper relationship”
I have been working closely with Ann for over 8 years, since I first opened our UK office 12 years ago. I get numerous emails and random telephone calls from many recruitment agencies that don't really seem to understand our business, or haven't taken the trouble to research what we do and adapt their approach accordingly. My experience with Green Shoots has been pleasingly different. Ann knows me, the type of skills we need and, equally important, the culture that we have here. This means that Ann rarely sends me CV's that are not relevant to me at the time or potentially for the future, so I know when she calls to offer me a candidate that they will tick all the boxes. Ann has also been extremely helpful whenever I'm looking for market data and trends and provides this as part of the service.
As a result, I have been more than happy to give Green Shoots the first call as soon as I have any recruitment requirements.
It's great to work with an agency that values a proper relationship, rather than what appears to be a numbers game with many other agencies.
"A polished and personal service"
Ann is everything a recruiter should be and sets a benchmark for the sector; friendly and people-focused with an extensive knowledge of the skills and experience needed for each role in the creative, marketing and digital industries. Green Shoots is an agency that goes the extra mile and it shows in every aspect of the process, from taking the time to analyse my CV and the employer’s job description, to interview coaching and client / candidate liaison; every step was well-informed and smoothly managed. A polished and personal service - as a candidate, I couldn’t have asked for more.
“You feel care and attention has been put into the selection process”
Finding someone a job is a difficult task. Finding someone their ''ideal job'' is nigh on impossible. So, I never envy a person in recruitment, especially one servicing the creative industry. It must take a character of strong will and compassion to balance that tightrope between corporate client and prissy, designer type. Me? I'm the prissy one - and Ann Downs? She's the former. A person who is calming, professional and most of all - ensures you never feel under pressure and genuinely wants the best for you.
Ann's character is personable, professional and caring - I can't really say that of other recruiters I have encountered in my career. Granted, they tick the professional box with aplomb, but Ann adds a personal touch that allows you to feel that if this wasn't the right role for you - you wouldn't be sitting in that interview chair. You feel care and attention has been put into the selection process for both you and the client.
In my dealings with Ann over the last few years, I have noticed the differences between her agency and many of her competitors. She must have something special. I sometimes notice our telephone conversations about any particular job last longer than 15 minutes - this is no cash grab, she really cares. She wants to understand how you feel, is the job right for you and always tries to balance out the options which best suit all parties concerned. You could never say you were shortchanged.
To summarise, Ann is the epitome of professionalism, support and care. Traits that are so rare when dealing with something as important as your next scary career move. Thanks Ann!
Ann delivered to us a first class support when we recently recruited with her. Working clearly out of a desire for a best fit for both us, the employer, and the employee, we got just that, with little fuss and much success. Working in such a personable way, we always felt safe in Ann’s hands, and confident of a positive result. This confidence was not misplaced!
“Thorough, reliable and easy to work with.”
Because placing ads in targeted press to recruit staff was hit and miss, and expensive I looked for a recruitment agency with the skills and where-with-all to identify likely candidates. Ann proved to be thorough, reliable and easy to work with.
“Simply takes away my problem.”
I've always found working with Ann to be an absolute pleasure - her knowledge of the creative recruitment industry is second to none - she simply takes away my problem and always provides the right
“Insight into Midlands marketing is second-to-none.”
Ann's breadth of experience and knowledge in the marketing sector is amazing. Long-term relationships built over a number of years means Ann's insight into Midlands marketing is second-to-none. Personable, professional and able to identify future opportunities is Ann's great strength. A joy to work with.
“By far and away the best person I have ever dealt with in her fields!”
Ann is fantastic, knowledgeable and highly committed to each individuals cause and prospects. By far and away the best person I have ever dealt with in her field. If I ever need such help/advice again in the future, she will be the first person I will call.
"Breath of Fresh air in the Recruitment Industry"
Ann is a breath of fresh air in the recruitment industry. Although she is a thorough professional, Ann also brings a real sense of warmth to her role as a specialist recruiter. She delves deep into what a candidate is actually looking for, not just salary etc but how the role will fit with lifestyle and aimed-for achievements.
Ann's approach is solid, with a long-term, rather than 'quick-fix' view, that surely benefits candidates and employers alike. This, combined with her personal touch is reflected in Ann's track record of recruiters and jobseekers returning each time they consider a new role.
I have worked with Ann on a number of assignments over the years. She is professional, personable and friendly and a pleasure to work with. In the projects that she has worked on for me, Ann has proved to be extremely knowledgeable of the market, very thorough and totally reliable. As an independent recruiter and unlike her major competitors, Ann is able to offer a personal service, taking the time necessary to thoroughly understand both the client's and candidate's requirements in order to affect a perfect match. I would recommend Ann to any client or candidate alike.
"Dotting the 'I's and crossing the 't's"
The major difference between Ann at Green Shoots and other recruitment agencies is quite simple – personal service and attention to detail.
There doesn't appear to be many agencies these days who actually interview candidates and match them to a job that is suitable for their experience, skill set and financial aspirations! A lot other recruitment agencies seem to have an 'Out the door' and 'Off my desk' mentally to be honest!
This is not the case with Ann at all – she carefully matches candidates to suitable positions, offers advice and keeps everyone in the process informed and up to date – plus I really like the way she feeds back both from the candidates point of view and also the prospective employer – dotting the 'I's and crossing the 't's.
- Marketing Agency
"Reliable and trustworthy"
I have seen Ann on various occasions about specific roles and always found her to be reliable and trustworthy, not always two words that can be used when describing recruitment consultants.
I would not hesitate to recommend using Ann from a personal or corporate perspective. Easy to work with.