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Colin Barnett

Part of the Opendoorz family since Apr ’24

Play Hard…

I love the outdoors, so this could be skiing, golf or just a dog walk. Good food and wine is offset by regular gym visits - it's just a 2 minute walk so no excuse.

Work Hard…

In short, I help businesses to identify, engage with, hire, onboard and keep the talent they need to fulfil their business goals.

I have over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of recruitment, talent and employer branding roles; starting as a recruitment consultant but for most of the time, helping organisations to hire direct.

I worked for the world’s biggest RPO (recruitment process outsourcing) business, ran my own recruitment adverting business for 13 years, and now run CB Talent Consulting as a sole trader, which I set up in January 2022, after a desire to get out of corporate life.

The recruitment market has cooled slightly, but we still have nearly 1 million live vacancies (many more than pre-COVID) and low unemployment. And so organisations have to differentiate themselves from the competition who are after the same talent with a strong and well-managed employer brand, and try harder and more creatively than ever, to hire and keep the talent they need.

This is where I come in.

Having worked across all sectors over many years – from a variety of commercial sectors, local and central government, to charities and higher education - I have helped solve many recruitment challenges across all functions, and from volume, entry level talent through to senior and specialist roles.

I firmly believe in ‘falling in love with the problem first’ and experience means I know the right questions to ask to properly understand a client’s challenges.

From there, I provide advice and solutions for the whole candidate to employee lifecycle including employer brand development, recruitment media planning & buying, advert copywriting, assessment and selection, making the correct hiring decision, onboarding, recruitment technology and how to you use your website and social media to promote your employer brand. And I provide project management to implement any solution required.

In this hot recruitment climate, it is often not enough to simply target the 10 million active job seekers out there. Organisations need to reach out to those 23 million employees who are not actively job hunting, because many surveys tell us that a high percentage of them would change roles if the right opportunity tapped them on the shoulder at the right time, with the right message. So how do you reach the relevant ones? I’d be happy to show you how!

“We engaged Colin to help deliver our Employer Brand. It was the combination of his depth of experience within recruitment and familiarity with different cultures and functions that allowed him to build strong relationships with each of our Resourcing teams and gain their support for this priority project. He was able to demonstrate our commitment to the Resourcing teams, talking their language and showing that local recruitment and engagement projects were of key importance to the Group project. We wouldn’t be where we are today without his support. Thank you” Adrienne Harford, Communications Directorate, MBDA

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