Disrupting recruitment

October 1, 2019

SEAO Talent Partners is celebrating its first year of business – after an impactful and explosive arrival to the recruitment market. Here, its founder and director Sam Wall reflects on the milestone

Already winners of the English Women’s Awards North 2019 – Small Business of the Year, our all-female team at SEAO has supported international, national and regional businesses to recruit strategically and independently, using the brand of their businesses to engage and retain the very best talent.

I established my recruitment business a year ago and have made it my mission to recruit the very best internal talent professionals for SEAO. With more than 30 years of talent acquisition experience across a variety of sectors and industries between us, in the short time we’ve been together, the team has straddled talent strategies, which span much further than the historic transactional recruitment, encompassing employee engagement, values and behaviours, culture change, internal communications, competitor analysis, succession planning and employer value proposition (EVP).

I believe that we have brought to the market a truly value-added outsourced recruitment proposition , which is completely unique in its offering. SEAO is an acronym for the services we provide: S – Strategy, E – End to end, A – Assessment Centres and O – Outplacement.

My recruitment career spans 15 years. Before SEAO I worked as the head of talent acquisition
for a national, £1.35 billion business, where I strategically supported business growth and change, acquisitions, mergers, and financial buy-outs. I’ve led large internal talent teams to deliver values based creative and innovative talent solutions.

Now leading SEAO, the company has grown to five strategic talent partners within our first year. Our success has been referrals based and has kept us fully focused on changing the reputation of
the recruitment industry. Along with supporting brands to recruit one-off roles and managing the full candidate journey as an internal recruitment team, we have also had the pleasure of supporting ambitious and innovative businesses leaders to create and deliver their people plans for the future. Examples of work have included fully managing Recruitment PSL’s (Preferred Supplier Lists), designing and delivering graduate and apprentice assessment centres, establishing talent banks for clients, creating careers brands, implementing the latest recruitment software and strategically reviewing all internal recruitment processes and policies. At SEAO, we also support our individual candidates.

‘Partner with passion’ is one of our company values and we commit to providing only the very best candidate preparation and support. Our website www.seao.co.uk provides podcast, blogs, a ‘SEAO surgery’ and practical tips from employers across the regions to truly empower candidates in the successful search for their next opportunity. Also offering free workshops for both hiring managers and candidates, sharing our knowledge through partnerships with professional bodies and community groups, we believe the industry requires this new and values based approach.

The recruitment world has changed. Businesses see huge benefit in understanding and using their USPs and individual EVPs to attract talent. A strong, creative and engaging careers brand sells the services or product of a business and the very best candidates want to understand what a business can offer to support their personal values and aspirations. So getting it right has never been so important.


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