“We wanted to create
an agency that didn’t already exist.” – Louisa Harrison-Walker, Director of Benchmark.
Benchmark is a recruitment agency run by Louisa and Amy who have
been friends since school. In 2006, the two women saw a business opportunity, re-mortgaged
their houses and Benchmark was born. Benchmark’s work fits into most sectors
such as IT, sales and marketing, financial, business and management.
“We wanted to create an agency that didn’t already exist,”
said Louisa. “The difference with us is that we stay in touch with
the companies we work with, helping them induct their new arrivals. Benchmark
cares about the people it helps.”
Choosing the workstation
Benchmark wanted somewhere with service but also with space
to create their own individual environment. The team have made their space in
the Workstation completely their own.
“We also loved that the Workstation had conference space. It
means that we can host clients comfortably- in fact, this Christmas we are
using the Workstation to host our client Christmas drinks!” said Louisa.
“Being in the Workstation gives us the opportunity to
network with the other businesses that are based here. We have even recruited
for some of them.”
There are many success stories that come from Benchmark’s
office on the third floor. However one highlight for Louisa was a candidate who
was relocating back to Sheffield with experience in healthcare sales. He was
brought in and asked who he thought his client base was. Luckily, Louisa knew a
company who targeted the same clients. The firm itself was going through a
difficult time; it needed new energy to revitalise itself. Following three
interviews, the candidate and the business owner got on famously. He was
offered a job and it made a big difference to the company’s fortunes. Now, the
owner of the business is much happier, the business is much more successful and
the pairing could not have been better.
Benchmark’s aim for 2014 was to help 200 candidates find jobs.
At the time of writing, they have 30 people left before they reach that goal.
In 2015, the team want to go one step further and help 250 people find a job.
In terms of current vacancies, they have a wide variety of roles on offer such
as a customer service manager, IT helpdesk roles and sales manager jobs and
they are currently in the process of piloting a new work experience opportunity
for young people which will allow them to explore different sectors and jobs to
help them find the career that’s right for them.
louisa's advice to people looking for their dream career
Look at what organisations are in your local
See what skills are missing or what they look
for when they hire.
Tool yourself up with the skills.
If you are young, ask family about their workplace
and the skills required.
Look at your hobbies and see what they say about
you. Are you creative? Practical? Apply this to your future career in order to
find a job that you enjoy.