When introduced by a colleague, Inclusive Recruiting founders Anna Sarjantson and Vanessa Johnson-Burgess instantly connected – sharing a passion for recruiting the best candidates for their clients and a fierce stance on diversifying the face of the workplace.
With over 20 years’ of combined experience, the pair saw that corporations nationally and internationally are missing out on exceptional talent by using tired recruitment processes which ignore candidates from all backgrounds, while also haemorrhaging senior-level talent, particularly women, because of a lack of opportunities providing both work-life balance and job satisfaction.
In 2013 Vanessa and Anna embarked on a mission to revolutionise and disrupt the standard recruitment model played out in the day to day corporate world and the result was Inclusive Recruiting.
After working hard with their clients to break down long established barriers in order to provide the much needed, and wanted, diverse candidate lists, the pair realised that they could accelerate the rate of change within corporations through sharing their expertise and providing dedicated workshops to enable organisations to recruit inclusively.
They have developed a suite of workshops to comprehensively deliver inclusive recruiting, from before a role is advertised, right through to induction and the completion of probation to ensure that long-term goals ensure diversity are more likely to be achieved and most importantly for everyone, successful.
However, the mission is far from over.
Anna and Vanessa are continuing to disrupt the recruitment marketplace and introduce their bespoke model and workshops to even more organisations, all the while working with high calibre candidates and industry leaders looking for their next move.
They host regular people development seminars to support candidates returning to work from a career break, participate on panels discussing the topic of hiring more diverse candidates and are also busy carving out a name for themselves within the responsible sourcing sector. Working alongside respected corporate social responsibility expert Anna Harvey, Phd, from international consultancy, 3shifts, the trio have formed 3shiftsTalent, to ensure that only the best, most determined candidates are placed into these vital roles.
No matter what the business need, budget or target Anna and Vanessa will not compromise: they are committed to delivering senior-level recruitment which is diverse and tailored to the client, alongside bespoke workshops, to ensure organisations can become truly inclusive.