Meet Engage’s Super Sleuth: Dora the Researcher


I’d just like to take a few moments to talk about Dora, our super sleuth researcher, who assists me in the smooth running of Engage on a daily basis.  Having a researcher is vital to Engage’s success as your executive recruitment partner, and adds value to the overall service we provide to you, our client.


What added value does a researcher bring to an executive recruitment partner?

In Dora’s case, her past work experience has prepared her with the necessary theoretical and practical skills set for the competitive recruitment market in the UK.

Having started her recruitment career within SABMiller, where she designed, advertised and recruited for the Internship Programme of 2013, it took Dora just 6 weeks from her start date to hire12 interns for 5 departments, and put together a vast and detailed on-boarding programme that enabled them to understand all the processes of the company, from production to sales. The Board of Directors named this Internship Project the most successful programme implemented to date, with a retention percentage higher than 45%.


Dora’s recruitment experience continued with one of the biggest IT companies in Europe.  Her in-depth understanding of the industry and diverse technologies combined with her high level research skills allowed her to successfully place 4 or more candidates per month. This is no mean feat when you take into consideration the skills shortage for quality, technical literate candidates within the IT industry.


Having this intricate knowledge of the industry allowed Dora to easily create innovative ways of advertising and promoting jobs using different channels of recruitment – from using social media to interact with candidates, to creating videos as a fun way of promoting the company.


When I asked Dora what she would say about herself and her role of researcher for Engage, this is what she had to say:


Dora1“I think I add value to Engage as I’m quick on the uptake and I have no fear of hard work or long hours because I want to learn and understand how I can provide the best results for my clients. I am the go-to person to find your proverbial needle in the hay stack.


“I enjoy seeing my input turned into successful results, and I thrive on complexity in the workplace. I like to take the initiative and am comfortable to be held accountable for my actions. I possess excellent communication skills and feel totally at ease in multicultural working environments – having lived and worked abroad for a number of years – and this is certainly where my flair for languages comes in useful! I am fluent in 3 languages, and can converse in conversation level in another 3.


“I think a key element which differentiates me from other researchers is that I take the time to understand the job spec and my client’s expectation.  I also take the time to go through the profile of my candidates and discuss their experience in detail, as this way I gain a valuable insight in to their core skills as well as discovering their transferable skills, which potentially could lead them into a role they had not previously considered, but one which they would find highly beneficial in their career path, and to the benefit of our client.”


Dragonfish: Cracking your Culture Code to Transform Performance

Our friends at Dragonfish have very kindly written this fantastic blog just for us – ‘Cracking your Culture Code to Transform Performance.’  Dragonfish worked with our most recent HR Forum speaker, Niall Cluley, Global HR Director at Fitness First, who talked very candidly about the process involved in spearheading a global re-brand across different countries.  In this blog post, Dragonfish – a culture and engagement consultancy based in Southampton – attempt to demystify culture change and make it all less academic and more tangible for leaders tasked with improving business results. 

We will be welcoming Jo Kane from Trailblazers back to the HR Forum on 22nd September, where she will once again be taking an interactive approach to discussing resilience, mindsets and stress management.


Click on the thumbnail below, to view the Dragonfish blog.