The Acorn
Way

For us it’s about more than simply filling roles, we want to provide supportive recruitment which develops careers, grows businesses, fulfils ambitions and changes lives. We’re experts in our field with the experience, knowledge and connections to find the right match for your business. As a company we’ve distilled our decades of experience into a process that lets us the candidate you need. We believe in honesty and integrity, which is one of the reasons why we want to share our process with you, so you can rest easy knowing that we’ve got it covered.

"Hodge embarked on its Digital Strategy in January2017. At the time we had a relatively small client sideDigital team, so we took the approach of engaging contract resource in order to accelerate delivery plus help up skill the small but growing in house capability we had."

Chief Technology Officer,
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Expert understanding.

Our recruiters take specialisation to another level. We don’t specialise in the tech market as a whole, each of us has our own specialism within that, whether it’s project management, infrastructure, development, or executive recruitment. We believe this is the key to our success in the industry as it allows us to cultivate more in depth industry knowledge so we can find the best talent for your business.

Software Development & Testing
Infrastructure and IT Support
Cloud and DevOps
Networking & Cyber  Security
Technology Management
Data Analysis & Data Science
Agile Scrum Master, Product Teams, BA’s)
Projects & Change

Expert support from start to finish

Partnerships

We develop relationships with our clients in order to gain a clear understanding of the company culture and the requirements for the role. This allows us to tailor our search to your needs.

We believe it’s vital to ensure that candidates are fully informed about the roles they’re applying for. We create candidates packs based on a client’s job specification to send to candidates as well as talking them through the company and role in screening calls.

As consultants we don’t simply find candidates, we can also provide you with our research and insights. Our unique, industry leading research gives you a deeper understanding of the local market you want to recruit in.

Advertising

We write job ads for you, emphasising your culture and the skills you want. We use our knowledge of SEO principles to ensure our ads rank highly on searches to attract more talent. Our ads are hosted on all major jobs boards as well as our own site, and social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Networks

We have access to over 100,000 candidates in the tech sector, which we can filter by skills and location. This gives us a powerful, targeted tool to reach out to a large pool of talent in your area with the right skills for your company. As experienced recruiters we have personal networks we’ve cultivated over the years and are a part of local meet up groups and slack channels.

Headhunting and technical sourcing

We will headhunt candidates through various methods including LinkedIn, where prospective candidates receive an individual tailored approach specific to their situation and roles we have on offer. We also source candidates via technical platforms including in-depth search on Github and Stackoverflow.

Talent attraction methods

Candidate selection and placement

Screening

Once we have found the right candidate for your company we carry out a full screening process including both technical and behavioural, to understand their motives for moving on and ensuring we know exactly what they are looking for to minimise the chances of the hire dropping out at a later stage.

Reporting

We provided full reports on a weekly basis to give you an understanding the process, feedback from candidates and any potential challenges. We can also provide Equality and Diversity related statistics to give you the peace of mind that everyone is given a fair opportunity.

Shortlist

We will shortlist candidates based on your specific criteria, so we only send you the strongest candidates.

CV Submittal

We will submit all candidates with at ailored coversheet giving specific information in regards to salary, location, notice period etc along with a section for consultants notes to explain current situtation and skills.

Interview arranging

We work with both parties to find suitable times and run through thorough interview preparation to ensure the candidate will perform as well as they possibly can.

Interview debrief

After each interview stage we debrief with the candidate to ensure they are fully interested in the role and company and report back if there are any issues.

offer management

Once we receive confirmation from you we will do a trial offer to ensure the candidate is looking to accept, if there are any issues we can report back to you in an attempt to resolve them.

Resignation support

We provide candidates a resignation pack so that they have everything they need to resign and talk them through counteroffer scenarios and why they statistically rarely help.

Post placement care

Once a candidate has started and had some time to bed in we will catch up with them and the employer to check the placement is going well and if there are any issues which need to be addressed.

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Supporting the Next Generation

We think it's important to pay it forward to the next generation of tech talent. To this end we're committed to providing a free laptop to children in our local area who don't have access to one, every time we place a candidate in a permanent role.

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