John won the prestigious 'Recruitment Leader of the Year' Award at the annual Seek Awards last night in Sydney.
John said:

"I am humbled and delighted to receive this award and I thank Seek for the opportunity and also for caring enough about our Industry to continue running this program. 

Our industry is one that at times seems thankless and more often than not is given less than favourable reviews. I have been so proud in my time as Victorian Australian of the year to do my part to repair the image of the recruitment industry and show people that we are not just the sharks they once thought.

Now for the not so humble part, We deserve this award and accept it with pride. The past 2 years we have made radical changes to the way we operate and considerable investment into the future and continue to do so.

Our focus has been on innovation changing from a company that took business that was on offer to a one that created business. We set up our International division and started approaching overseas giants encouraging them to look more seriously at The Australian market long before they were considering it. Creating not only work for ourselves but literally being a part of further developing the Australian economy and all the while further changing the perception of recruiters to one of true partnerships and long term relationships.

 Realising we can no longer just sit and wait for clients and candidates to come to us we heavily invested back into our business . A fresh new brand, Website, Mobile job board, Candidate coaching App and an entirely new data base and operating system has seen us firmly cemented as the recruitment agency of choice for the retail and hospitality industries.

 We also gave back to the industry developing the Retail Employer of the year awards and our newest initiative the career of choice dot com highlighting the amazing careers in retail.

 To my team I thank each and every one of them across our brands for making our business so successful and allowing me the opportunity to not only grow our business but to work in the community and enhance the lives of so many.

 To our colleagues in the room tonight I thank you for challenging us to be better and for helping to make this industry that I love an amazing, dynamic and reputable industry that we can all be proud to say we work in."

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