Time to Take the Reins

Posted on Fri, Aug 14th, 2020

“There is enormous power in taking control, especially in a situation that is fundamentally changing the economy, and how businesses operate, including recruitment,” says Nicolene Di Bartolo, Founder and Managing Director of Nicolene Di Bartolo Executive Search and Management Appointments (NDB). “However, to do so requires courage, agility and innovation.”

While some businesses are buckling under the trading restrictions and the financial pressures associated with the ‘new normal’, some have been able to take control. NDB is the latter. “By definition, a ‘new normal’ requires a new approach. Traditional recruitment practices used before the COVID pandemic were not going to suffice in the current situation,” says Nicolene. “Our clients, many of which are in the FMCG industry and identified as essential service providers, were from the onset of lockdown, required to quickly adjust and equip their businesses to operate under different and sometimes difficult circumstances. So we needed to do the same.”

With more than two decades of recruitment experience specialising in this and other key industries and having built up unprecedented levels of trust in its client relationships, NDB quickly took the reins and adjusted its recruitment processes to effectively save time and money while securing the right candidates. “We did away with highly administrative tasks and processes to rework candidate CVs and used alternative methods of engagement to effect the interview process,” says Nicolene. “After 20 years, we know a good candidate when we see one, and most importantly, our clients with whom we have placed many long-lasting appointments trusted us to do just that.”

Already set up and accustomed to the virtual way of working with high-tech dedicated home offices, NDB’s service was uninterrupted as businesses were forced into lockdown. Technology enhanced recruitment methods were already in play, thus no serious adjustments were required to continue delivering results. “Our clients, business leaders, managers and human resource professionals, all play a critical role in how their businesses navigate the current pandemic, a situation that adds enormous stress to already demanding roles,” says Nicolene. “We ensure that their recruitment is one aspect they do not have to stress about. While we have cut away superfluous admin tasks, we ensure that the process remains professional, strategic, and thoroughly vetted.”

There is a heightened sense of uncertainty and concern for job security and career growth. Nicolene Di Bartolo Executive Search and Management Appointments has always been and is now still available to work with and guide candidates on how to take control of their careers during this worrisome time.

“Don’t let the new realities in which we are being forced to operate dictate the direction and pace we navigate it. Take back the reins, and together with NDB harness the potential this ‘new normal’ is presenting us with,” concludes Nicolene.