From the moment I called Sarah she was enthusiastic and extremely helpful. What I appreciated the most was that she took the time to look a little deeper than just my CV. She asked lots of questions about me and my experience to gain a better understanding of who I was and how my skill set could benefit a future employer. Throughout the whole process Sarah was always supportive, kept me up to date and returned all my calls ... I felt she really appreciated how important this was to me. As a result, I was able to obtain an interview with a very reputable/established building company as a lead designer. On paper I don't have the degrees nor experience that the other drafting candidates presented. However after an extremely vigorous interview process which included completing a custom home design as per the supplied clients brief and presenting it, I obtained the role based on my ability. Now almost 2 years later I'm still here and still feel this was the best career decision I have made. If it wasn't for Sarah and her willingness to look a little deeper than just my CV, I know this opportunity would never have arisen for me.
We tasked Foundation Recruitment with finding a suitable candidate to fill our estimating role. Our business group has a broad construction market base so our needs were quite demanding in terms of experience across industrial, commercial, refurbishment and light civil work. In addition we are a predominately design and construct business so we were not looking for a conventional quantity surveyor rather a cost planner that had capability to participate in the design process and assist in converting work. Foundation Recruitment found us this person. We are regionally based so recruitment from any capital city can be a difficult cultural shift and we found Foundation Recruitment sensitive to this. Paul Gay as director of the firm took a personal interest in the placement and managed the process for us including on site in our Cairns Office. A no nonsense approach in the Recruitment Sector is sometimes difficult to find so when we met with Paul a focus on our real needs for the role as opposed to a sales / post box placement from an existing candidate base was very refreshing. We would invite any perspective employer to engagement with Paul and the team for their recruitment needs and we will certainly be asking them to fill future roles for us.
I first met Paul Gay in October 2014 when I applied for a role within a newly formed legal firm which Paul was assisting in the recruitment process. The application process was very smooth with Paul and his team at Foundation Recruitment keeping me informed at all times.
In my capacity as General Manager Human Resources Manager for Barclay Mowlem / Laing O’Rourke I first started dealing with Paul Gay in 2004. We used his services on a spasmodic basis whenever our internal team were having difficulty securing staff for projects and functional roles. In 2009 we contracted Paul through his company Foundation Recruitment, as an internal Consultant partnering with our Human Capital team to identify and secure senior staff for the business throughout Queensland and The Northern Territory. Paul worked closely with the General Managers for both the Building and Infrastructure teams securing leading talent across the region. This partnership was initially contracted for three months, due to the success of this exercise we extended Pauls contract for a further ten months. This success was primarily due to Paul’s ability to partner with our senior management in identifying leading talent in our market and then bringing them to the table for further discussions with our management team. Paul quickly adapted to working within our Human Capital team, this was through his ability to understand the challenges this team faced in regard to ensuring procedural processes were adhered to in attracting and securing suitable talent. I believe Paul’s firm is being considered for a third party preferred supplier agreement , given my experience with Paul over the last eight years I am comfortable in recommending him as a professional recruitment consultant with an extensive network who also appreciates the internal processes and objectives of a Human Resource team.
In my role as Business, Regional and finally General Manager at Thomas & Coffey, I personally had considerable dealings with Paul Gay and his firm Foundation Recruitment, in fact he and is firm was Thomas & Coffey’s preferred for recruitment for the Queensland Region. As you can appreciate in recent years, recruitment businesses have been thriving, however on the basis of just getting bums on seats. I quickly learnt it was critical to my business that I built a professional relationship with a recruitment company that had a vested interested in providing me suitable candidates to assist with our growth plans for the business. Paul and I quickly develop mutual trust and respect that enabled me to engage with him on matters pertaining to T&C’s culture, strategy and future direction to ensure he was able to identify and short list suitable candidates via his extensive network in our key markets. Not only did he source suitable candidates, the majority of those candidates were employed by T&C, whom made a substantial contribution to T&C’s success over the following years. Paul’s professionalism and integrity shone well and truly above his competitors and the rest of the industry and to date I have not met anyone of his calibre. As a result of this ongoing relationship, when I found myself looking for a change of career (15 years with T&C/Cordukes), I consulted with Paul over several months before I eventually come to the decision to seek a new challenge. The thing that stood out, was his personal interest in representing me as a candidate and ensuring that only the best...
“Sarah-Jane worked very hard on our company's behalf to secure exactly the right person to fill the role required. I was impressed by her capacity to patiently and professionally seek out from us, just what we required in the candidate for the role. The candidate Sarah-Jane presented was a great fit, and is proving to be a real asset, and just the person we required. The candidate was not only a great professional addition to our team, but Sarah Jane's early consultative process, has ensured we have secured a great fit for the team on all levels. I commend Sarah-Jane to employers that are looking for a professional consultant, that goes the extra distance to secure an employee that steps right into a team on all levels”.
“Sarah has supported McCarthy Homes QLD in the recruitment of high skilled people over the last 12 months; providing a consistently high-level recruitment service for the construction side of the business. She has demonstrated an excellent understanding of our company, and has been able to provide an accurate range of candidates to fit our requirements. Sarah is always well organised throughout the recruitment process; keeping us regularly and sufficiently updated on any issues which may occur. She has been able to provide us with a strong calibre of candidates over the course of our partnership, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her as a consultant, and Foundation Recruitment as an agency”.
“We recently engaged Foundation Recruitment to recruit for a new Operations Manager. Being a pivotal position within our company, we were looking for quality candidates. We found that Foundation Recruitment had access to candidates of a higher standard compared to other agencies we had considered. We believe this is due to their recruitment process/screening. I have dealt with recruitment agencies both from a candidate and employer perspective over the years and Sarah stands out as a consultant. I found Sarah to be very professional, industry informative and went beyond her scope of works as a consultant by providing a position description to assist in the recruiting process. Sarah always made herself available to me throughout the entire process and the level of support was second to none. I felt very informed and supported throughout the process. We are very happy with our new Operations Manager, thank you Sarah”.
Sarah has been helping me try and secure a position with Ausbuild, one that I hope to secure successfully. Sarah's attention to detail, and her commitment to her job is honestly, second to none. It’s quite clear that Sarah loves her job, and she is extremely good at it. It is very rare these days to find staff that are so dedicated and committed to the jobs. Sarah is a rare find and your company is extremely lucky to have her. Not only is her bright and bubbly personality a lovely trait, she makes you feel very comfortable whether you are talking over the phone or are meeting in person. I wish Sarah all the very best, and would again just like to thank her so very much for all her hard work and dedication she has shown and given me”.
“I recently worked with Sarah to place a new employee in our office, Sarah could provide several options straight away to look through and access. She consistently followed up with any progress and further options as they became available. I highly recommend Sarah and will be working with her in the future”.
“I have worked with Sarah over the past few years. She is dedicated not only to finding the right people, but working to make sure the placement is a good fit for both the employer and employee. She has been the utmost professional in all our conversations and her industry knowledge has been of great value. I would happily recommend her to anyone looking to engage a recruitment consultant and encourage anyone seeking employment to contact her”.
“Sarah assisted Northbuild during March 2017 in finding a suitable Site Manager for an Aged Care Facility project we were starting after Easter in Millmerran. Sarah provided comprehensive advice and information on many candidates. An interview was arranged and further discussions took place regarding logistics and arranging terms of employment. At all times, Sarah was readily available to contact and always followed up my queries promptly and professionally. Having a recruitment company with a sound knowledge of our industry and the positions we seek is refreshing as so many do not have that specific understanding and candidates offered are usually unsuitable which wastes our time and theirs. The successful candidate has been employed by Northbuild for about a month and we are very satisfied with the engagement”.
I have to say, it has been a pleasure dealing with you (Sarah) and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to potential employers or employees. Having been in recruitment myself I can appreciate how demanding your position can be, yet you still delivered on an expectation promising to get back to me by close of business on two occasions. Seriously impressing me! I believe in giving credit where it’s due and I hope you will forward this on to your direct report, so they are reminded of the value you bring to their business. Best of luck with your placement.
“I have been working closely with Sarah for the past couple of years now and have always found Sarah to be extremely professional and resourceful whilst introducing suitable candidates for new roles. In my experiences I had always found the candidates introduced by Sarah to be either reflecting or exceeding the brief provided for the role. I believe Sarah to be very well connected within the construction industry of which also provides a great support and service whilst dealing with any HR challenge that needs attention. I would certainly recommend Sarah’s services to any potential employer or employee as I currently do on a regular basis due to her professional and personal approach in securing the right people for the right roles”