Client and Search firm comments regarding their experiences working with Connaught.
Not all new roles fall into your lap either by recommendation, networking or a chance meeting. In fact, sometimes a career gap [neither by choice nor design] can easily be created between roles. It can also be a bit of an uphill struggle to dust off the CV and reflect on your achievements and transform them into deliverables that others will understand. This process takes both focus, commitment and drive, when in theory, you should be looking for the next challenge. That’s where Connaught Executive Search add value. No guarantees of securing the next role [that’s your job] but they provide you with the tools and help design the roadmap to get you moving in the right direction.
The Connaught team remind you of the steps you need to take to reinvigorate your networking skills, identify your drivers and to take a more strategic approach to securing your next role.
If I were to draw out three that helped me throughout the process of securing my new role:
• The interview skills work/development.
• The focus on ‘so what do you really want from your next role, it’s industry, position etc?’
• Reminding you of your achievements and commercial worth by the creation of a professional portfolio that can be handed over to prospective employers.
Tony BunceLinkedIn Profile
Head of Information Technology at Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
It can be difficult to accept that despite a long and highly successful career to-date, finding a new role can be difficult after a break.
This was the position I found myself when meeting Chris and the team at Connaught in 2015. I had worked hard, tasted success at a young age and enjoyed varied roles in the same investment bank for 15 years when the financial crisis intervened. While this provided me an opportunity to spend time with my young family and to work on consulting projects, I had a clear goal to return to a full-time, senior role in 2014.
I had expected returning to a new role would be a relatively straightforward process. After all, I had been headhunted many times in previous roles, had a great CV, so why should it be difficult? After a bruising 12-months of on-line applications and cold calls to head hunters, my self-belief was at a low ebb.
It's fair to say that when meeting Chris, I had a healthy scepticism about executive search consultants. This quickly receded as Chris and the team set to work overhauling my CV, educating me on the unadvertised job market and providing access to an eclectic network of people in one of three buckets;
1. those looking for a new role or challenge (some in-work, some not);
2. actual headhunters and potential employers; and
3. alumni (people who found a new opportunity through Connaught and who give back to the group)
It was this very network that opened up a "chance conversation" and led to my current role. While this didn't happen overnight, it did happen and I have Chris and the team to thank for the opportunity.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. Aside from the one-to-one work with Chris, the monthly functions are a great way to enjoy time with people outside your usual circle; you just never know where a conversation at one of these events might end up.
Brandt PageLinkedIn Profile
CFO at Stratagem Technologies
You don't get what you expect from Chris and the Connaught team.
I'd already turned down one other exec career consultancy because I didn't believe their story. So when I was contacted by Connaught I was prepared to be disappointed again. I was in the aftermath of a pretty bruising 2-year stint running a start-up in Sri Lanka. My network in the UK was stale and my CV looked like a Jackson Pollock painting - all over the place. I thought I needed intros to proper head-hunters and thence to jobs. In fact what I got was a methodology to organise my background into a form that the market could understand, a proper understanding of how senior recruitment really works, some spit and polish and a kick up the backside, which was what I actually needed. The kick was self-belief and an object lesson in the power of the network - getting out and talking to people.
Connaught didn't find me my next job, but they did get it for me. A lasting and truly valuable bonus is Connaught's own alumni network. The monthly meet-ups have become in their own right a great place to meet people and exchange ideas, contacts and advice. With the calm and charming Mr Mason presiding. Oh - and you meet some proper head-hunters too
Richard BlakesleyLinkedIn Profile
Partner at Capital Pilot
I partnered with Connaught upon leaving a long period of stable employment and career growth. At age 45 I had taken voluntary redundancy without fully considering how to find the next role. Upon meeting Chris it became clear that I was woefully under-prepared for the job search ahead. The service offered by Connaught is straightforward: they won’t find you a job per se, this is not what they do. Rather they will tailor a roadmap of steps to help you go and find the job that you want. Connaught will be with you every step of the way; it is a very personalised service. And you will gain many networking opportunities through their own alumni events.
Through Connaught I learned how to talk convincingly about my strengths and achievements. I improved my networking skills and become far more comfortable pitching myself to strangers. I learned some interview flaws and how to eliminate them. I learned to adapt my own story to suit the situation, without ever losing confidence.
The strongest testament to Connaught that I can provide is to say that I am now working for a company which I would never have considered was within my reach. Connaught gave me the confidence to put Accenture in my sights and to close the interview process.
Bob DrummondLinkedIn Profile
Manager at Accenture
Thank you for all the work that you and your team did to assist me when I joined the programme. From the outset, I was made to feel very welcome and everything you did was designed to help me understand exactly what I wanted to do next and how I could achieve my aims. Your team is professional and focussed but always friendly and approachable and they achieve a nice balance between supporting and cajoling which is what most of us need when we have to re-assess what we really want to do in life and what we are good at - both in work and at home. Although our contract was for an agreed programme, I was always clear that it could be tailored to meet my needs and indeed that is exactly what you did when half way through the programme, I secured a consultant's contract. You very kindly allowed me to maintain contact with you and to return at a later stage to complete the programme. Even though Iwas successful in securing a post during the programme, I was also very keen to make best use of the remainder of my time with you - there was a lot more on offer and it is always good to re-assess your goals again after a period to ensure that they remain appropriate and realistic. The whole experience has been such a positive one that I have recommended you to many of my colleagues and I will continue to do so in the future. Please feel free to show this letter to anyone and if they want to talk to me about your programmes and my experiences I would be very happy for them to contact me directly.
I very much look forward to staying in touch.
Tim SavageLinkedIn Profile
Business Coach at Savage Tribe Group
Having left my previous employer after several years, I realised entering the job market again was going to be a tortuous affair. I needed some sort of guidance to assist me in obtaining my next move however, having dealt with various companies in the past who purport to be on the side of the candidate but in reality were guided only by the clients requirements, I was very skeptical of another company who claimed to focus only on attaining the right role for the candidate. I met Chris, who was very open with me about the service he offered. He helped me rebuild my marketing profile and gave me very useful preparation techniques for pending interviews. He acted as my mentor during this journey and was always available for advice .His network is truly impressive, to the extent that if you need an insight into almost any industry he will know someone to have a conversation with.
Importantly, Chris works solely for you as the candidate and is not driven by the clients requirements and in doing so will help you attain the right move for you.
My experience has only been positive and would highly recommend Connaught executive search.
Mark TownsendLinkedIn Profile
CFO at Maintel
After 10 years with a large US multinational, I found myself at the wrong side of 50 with no career plan and an underinvested network. After a lot of frustration with ineffective recruitment agencies, I decided to look into using executive career management consultants. After a lot of research and a couple of potentially very expensive near misses I ended up no better off and very sceptical.
I took the plunge with Chris and the team at Connaught and I have been very pleased with the return on my investment. Connaught made me focus on what I wanted from my career and helped me critically review my strengths and weaknesses. Of course they helped me rewrite both my CV and LinkedIn profile but added a lot more that gave me that extra confidence to go to the market and maximise my career opportunities to suit my aspirations and needs.
I especially enjoy the networking events that Chris hosts and find both the calibre of attendees very high and the topics covered varied and interesting leading to a stimulating opportunity to network, on both a social and work related level.
Thank you Chris and the team!
Tony StaffordLinkedIn Profile
Managing Director at Independent Legal Direct
As I had never lived or worked for any length of time in the UK, when we decided to move from Switzerland I started to look for an organisation that could assist me in understanding how the job market functioned here. I came across several career management organisations who seemed to make somewhat unrealistic promises and did not inspire any confidence that they could indeed add value to the process of looking for a new job. I finally came across Chris and the team at Connaught who struck me at once as being honest and professional. There were no unrealistic promises, only ones that promised blood, sweat, toil, at times tears and disappointment, and a lengthy process. All of these it turned out to be true never once did they let you feel it was in vain. Their assistance in getting to know how the recruitment market place works was invaluable. I finally landed a role that has exceeded all my expectations in every area. Without the Connaught team’s support I have no doubt the process would have been a great deal more difficult and it is very unlikely that I would have ended up where I am today.
Andrew SweeneyLinkedIn Profile
Finance Director at Advanced Insulation
Having found myself on the job market after 10 years in a senior Finance role with an SME close to home, my cosy world was shattered and having no previous periods of unemployment I was numb and confused. Then I met Chris from Connaught and he helped me put everything in perspective and then things perhaps were not so bad.
Before getting into the detail of job searches, interview experience, CV re drafting etc he spent quality time with me building my confidence and re-establishing self-belief. When employed I thought I was good at networking but nothing had prepared me for unemployment and Chris explained sensitively what real networking looked and felt like and it was very different from my own perception.
Next step was to really understand who I was professionally speaking, what I was really good at and more importantly liked doing and how could I get there. Re drafting the CV, interview practice and reaching out to colleagues for references and testimony as to my skills, experience and disposition did an awful lot to re build my self-confidence.
Several weeks later I was ready to enter the job market with regained enthusiasm and confidence. Finding your next role is a journey that Connaught will continue to help you with and their extensive network of Alumni is a pool of knowledge at your fingertips and with sound advice only a phone call away you are not on your own…….securing the role, well that’s up to you!
Stephen PereiraLinkedIn Profile
Finance Director at Oakland Primecare Limited
I came to Connaught after being made redundant in the Middle East and having to return home earlier than planned. After a further year of hunting for the right role I was taken for a ride by another “Career Management” firm and, not unsurprisingly my confidence was at rock bottom. Chris picked me up and helped to rebuild my self-esteem as well as putting together a recovery plan. This included a root and branch look at my past, my skills and experience, where I wanted to go and where to avoid. Together with the Alumni Network, I am in a much better place, confidence has returned, opportunities are coming forward and I am meeting other people who can not only help me but, who I may be able to help in their quest.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Connaught Executive Search; their support is with you for the long haul.
Torben HarrisLinkedIn Profile
Director at Goosewing Executive Ltd
When I first discovered Connaught, I was unsure of what to expect, but just as importantly, unsure as to what I wished to do next. In respect of the initial introduction and the subsequent background documentation that is a pre-requisite to an initial meeting, I found the process and indeed Chris Mason to be easy to understand in terms of what I could expect. The initial meeting was thoroughly engaging and started to get me thinking as to what the art of the possible might be.
Without doubt, Chris and the team have managed to package what is ultimately common sense and you intuitively know, but until you have an understanding of all of the dynamics, difficult to do.
Working with Connaught is an investment in money and time, but from my experience an investment worth making. In addition to easy access to the “front man” (Chris Mason), the support team do a great job in getting your tailored marketing material out there in the wider world. Help and guidance on how to get best use of your own direct and extended network (and I’m not talking LinkedIn) was invaluable and ultimately landed me my next role. I particularly enjoyed my introduction by Connaught to the “Liquid List,” on a wet and windy November at the Liberal Club in London. It was akin to speed dating, but for employers and available candidates alike, a beneficial experience.
My final takeaway from working with Connaught is, great team, engaging leader, common sense approach and they make you think beyond your normal boundaries.
Steve MorleyLinkedIn Profile
Director at QikID Services EMEA Ltd
I was initially attracted to using Connaught as they appeared to offer something more than a traditional service. Given my objective was to undergo a career direction change, I have found the Connaught approach both refreshing and cathartic. Supporting me all the way in developing new conversations and connections, it has now opened doors that have created a series of new and exciting opportunities. In addition the access to a highly professional network who regularly cover thought provoking topics through their events has been very enjoyable and I would thoroughly recommend participating.
Nicola DunneLinkedIn Profile
Managing Director at Belvedere Associates Ltd
I wanted to change career, change industry and earn a much higher income. Most people told me you can’t do all 3 in one go. Connaught helped me achieve this. I landed a great job and have gone from strength to strength since then, now earning more than double of my income at the time, with much higher job satisfaction. I managed to do that by following all the great advice I received from Connaught at the time. I got this job only very narrowly, but I did get it and am convinced I wouldn’t have done it without Connaught.
Ralf TeschnerLinkedIn Profile
Managing Consultant at Capgemini
Thanks to the team at Connaught, my hunt for a new job following redundancy was transformed from a travail to a stimulating and ultimately very rewarding activity. They bring four things to your case: their expertise in something you do only occasionally; their objectivity, to give you and the market the best possible view of - you!; their contacts, both within the recruitment industry and beyond; and last, but certainly not least, empathy and support. I recommend you give them a call.
Peter MartinLinkedIn Profile
EMEA Portfolio Lead at HP
Understanding the Connaught approach and service offered is like lifting the veil from your eyes.If you were starting a new project or venture , you would research the opportunity and produce a business case / plan and gain board approval. Well, seeking your next executive role is no different . Connaughts expert team help you produce your own tailored marketing plan to achieve the career goals and choices you want to fit with your own vision of the future.Its hard work but pays off with great support and coaching for that all important interview process. I would recommend Connaught to support you in your own search.
Roger WilleyLinkedIn Profile
Managing Director Networks at McNicholas Construction (Holdings) Ltd
Connaught provide a thoroughly professional and up to date service which is tailored to meet your specific career change needs. Identifying, quantifying and communicating your key achievements and USPs is always easier when a professional is there to listen and give frank and honest feedback. I would recommend Connaught to any executive looking for the right career move.
Paul MacGregorLinkedIn Profile
Managing Director, Head of Sales at London Metal Exchange
We have been using Connaught Executive for some time now and have been extremely impressed by the quality and level of candidates we have received. All are very strong within their field with proven track record. On a personal note the service provided by the team and the strong levels of communication have made them a pleasure to work with. We see them as a valuable resource and one we would highly recommend.
Simon GillibrandLinkedIn Profile
Head Minerals & Metals at CSG The Global Talent Experts
Connaught have helped me through a very difficult period of my life, having been suddenly made redundant, with honesty and enthusiasm. Their guidance in repackaging me for a new role in a very difficult market made all the difference to finding a new job and their help in negotiating terms was invaluable. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend Connaught.
Jeremy StaplesLinkedIn Profile
Chief Executive Officer at East of England Agricultural Society
Working with Connaught opened up a new horizon and introduced me to a valuable and thought provoking process at a critical phase in my career development. I gained a new set of tools and a true appreciation of the value of networking. The new skills that I learned and deployed allowed me to enter a new chapter in my career. Connaught's assistance was invaluable in allowing me to secure a new role as UK MD for Mizkans Consumer foods business.
Paul ShanahanLinkedIn Profile
Managing Director at Leap Solutions
The Connaught team helped me get back to basics and re-invent myself for the realities of todays job-search market, after a 30-year career in one industry. Im used to being treated like an experienced decision-maker in business. Connaught treated me the same in my job hunt. They are high quality, experienced professionals. When youre looking for a job, thats the kind of folks you want in your corner.
Chris PatemanLinkedIn Profile
Chief Executive Officer at Federation of Communication Services
I found Connaught Executive to be professional and extremely competent. The team know their business and exude quiet confidence. The package was tailored to my personal needs and the incisive support provided during my transition from the military has been excellent. I have found the personal touch from my individual consultant to have been crucial in helping me understand the true worth of my skills. A truly bespoke service which I intend to leverage throughout my future career journey.
Andrew KirkpatrickLinkedIn Profile
Director at Gordian Associates
I have been working with Connaught Executive for a number of years, and during that time they have presented to us a number of high calibre senior executives who are leaders within their respective fields.I have found their service to be highly effective, and extremely professional in their business dealings, and would without hesitation recommend them to other executive search firms looking to attract additional candidates?
David JacksonLinkedIn Profile
Executive headhunter for senior level opportunities, Managing Partner at Stone Executive
I have known Chris for over 3 years and a very under-rated trait that Chris demonstrates daily is perseverance. His ability to focus on his clients and vary his service to benefit his clients is exemplary. Life-long career advice a specialty.
Nikki ColeLinkedIn Profile
Chairman of the board at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Connaught Executive provide an excellent and, in my opinion, an unrivalled service. They possess the experience to help their candidates in every facet of recruitment, from initiating a job search to interview techniques and CV writing. The candidates they recommend to us are relevant to our industry and they always speak highly of Connaught and the services they provide. Connaught offer a great service and I highly recommend them to any Executives seeking expert advice and guidance.
Terry AtchesonLinkedIn Profile
Senior Consultant- Multi-Utilities at Eden Brown
Connaught Executive is a professional service tailored to fit your individual needs. The team of skilled specialists provide comprehensive advice and support in your job search, from preparing an effective CV and developing your interview techniques through to assisting you in refining your approach to the market and identifying the right opportunities and contacts for you in the recruitment industry. I would recommend them as a valuable resource to senior candidates looking for a new role.
Gerry AbramLinkedIn Profile
Communications Consultant at DTP limited
To find yourself unemployed after 25 years is a traumatic experience and the Connaught team swiftly put me back on my feet again. They are very professional and supportive, and they certainly know the market place and are great at coaching and mentoring clients successfully through the process. I now find myself with the ideal job which happened when and as Connaught predicted, a very happy position and one I could not have achieved without the Connaught team - I cannot recommend them too highly
Malcolm IlesLinkedIn Profile
Founder at MI Consulting
Connaught is supportive, knowledgeable, and has a great insight on how to develop contacts and utilise networks that yield results. They constantly employ a range of avenues to assist their clients successfully through the job/career change process right through and beyond securing a new role, and tailor it to your needs. Whilst obviously you pay for the service its particularly ideal for those in a busy role with limited time to do all the groundwork. I would highly recommended their services to any Executive in such a position looking for that next move
Adrian LovejoyLinkedIn Profile
Service Delivery Director at Exterion Media
Connaught are an exceptionally professional organisation. They deliver a great package tailored to each candidate with excellent motivational support during career transistion. Each candidate is guided to maximise the opportunity that Connaught offer and the team of highly skilled consultants excel at delivering the right thing for their client.
Andrew PriceLinkedIn Profile
Head of Retail Equipment and Store Planning at Mothercare
Everyone and I mean everyone at Connaught supported me during a difficult time - they were all very helpful, professional, friendly, available and added value. They promised to help but made sure that I knew I would need to knuckle down and work hard which I did. My confidence grew and I have reaped the rewards of my work and Connaughts support.
Philip LittlefordLinkedIn Profile
Procurement Manager at Office Depot
After an initial meeting with Connaught, I began working with the team to flush out all the successes and achievements accumulated over the last 17 yrs. With great guidance, my CV looked great and attracted a lot more interest from the job boards including LinkedIn. After a number of interviews I successfully secured a role as FD for major fashion retailer. I would have no hesitation in recommending Connaught Executive to anyone who needs guidance on how to manage the next stage of their career
Sushil RamLinkedIn Profile
Freelance CFO, Finance and Operations Director
Connaught made the difficult job of changing employer that much smoother. Professionally helping me to understand not just how to prepare a CV but also to market myself effectively to ensure my next step up and onwards. The process was comprehensive, valuable and focussed. I found the support they gave invaluable when chasing up applications etc..., especially when travelling. Worth every penny!
Douglas Else-JackLinkedIn Profile
Business & Supply Chain Leader at Hitachi Zosen Inova
I found working with Connaught to have been an enjoyable experience from the first greeting at reception to securing my new role. The expertise, guidance, support and coaching from the team was excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Ian LeedingLinkedIn Profile
Managing Director at Regent Samsic Group
When I first came across Connaught Executive , it was following my first experience of redundancy during my career to date, meaning that I had not been in the position of having to look for a new job since securing my first role. Whilst I remain on the market, the experience and support provided by Connaught and the professional team behind the name has been first class and at all times highly professional.
Andrew WalkerLinkedIn Profile
Channel Manager at Travis Perkins
I would recommend Connaught Executive as a partner. With depth in their team and an ability to tailor to your needs in seeking your next opportunity!
Alison TongeLinkedIn Profile
Regional Director Specialised Services at NHS England
Connaught gave me very good support and advice. Whilst they dont do everything for you, I found it good to know that they were working for me. Obviously you have to pay, but I thought it was worth it.
Lionel KingLinkedIn Profile
Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
If you wish to change career or are looking for work. The best approach is to have a team of highly motivated people supporting you on your quest. Dont expect them to do all the work. You have to work hard at getting the next job. However, Connaught improve your odds massively by marketing you to head hunters and grooming you through the interview process. My advice, pay the money, put the effort in, and you will find that next job with a team of dedicated people.
Mark BirchallLinkedIn Profile
Finance Manager at Simarco International Ltd
I would whole-heartedly recommend Connaught Executive. Their personal service and professionalism are second to none.
Ian Forbes-RussellLinkedIn Profile
Business Development Director at PEDIGREE WHOLESALE LIMITED
I found Connaught to offer extremely personal and professional services - especially in improving my both ny CV and my online presence. I secured a role overseas back in the industry that I wanted to get in to and I would unhesitatingly recommend their services.
Alasdair MacFarlaneLinkedIn Profile
Divisional Finance Head, Starbucks MENA
After 30 years of a previously unbroken employment record Connaught provided me with the framework and tools needed in the changed market place. I've been delighted that the support and advice has continued after the initial programme had ended and will make the most of the Connaught network in the future.
Andrew HarrisonLinkedIn Profile
Chief Accountant at The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
Connaught found me, and I was glad they did! Working with Chris Mason and then my lovely consultant, Jenni, helped me focus and understand myself in terms of the market. There is no doubt that they were key to me finding my current role, which was the right step for me. But more than that, they have given me new skills for the future and absorbed me into the Connaught family via the alumni group. I would recommend that everyone go through the Connaught process from time to time.
Noreen KitchnerLinkedIn Profile
Senior Finance and Business Change Director at N & J Kitchner Limited
My experience of Connaught Executive has been excellent. Highly professional consultants, informed knowledge of the market and the ability to tailor their service offering to meet your needs. I would not hesitate to recommend Connaught.
John KeenanLinkedIn Profile
Senior Director of Finance at Alvarez and Marsal
The Connaught team provided me with a complete and objective appraisal of my job search strategy. I think its this objectivity which helped me most; they spotted improvement opportunities in what I did and said (and thought!) in an interview situation that I wouldnt have spotted myself. I also received a significant amount of interest in my CV and that is thanks to Connaughts core CV marketing capability. Highly recommended!
Mike Brewis-LevieLinkedIn Profile
Delivery Director at Capita Procurement Solutions
Connaught gave me valuable feedback on my job search and the alumni events were, and continue to be, a great way to develop a quality network. The frank feedback from coaching sessions are opportunities to refine job search skills not accessible through the usual platitudes from busy recruiters. On top of that, the alumni events give great opportunities to learn and practice these skills, as well as to build a network of high calibre people, a key part of the job search and afterwards. I'm very pleased with what I've learnt working with Connaught.
Paul ChanLinkedIn Profile
Associate Practice Partner at Wipro Consulting
Thank you, I am very pleased with my first few days ,it is a very good fit for me and I am sure that I will be very happy here. I very much appreciate the assistance of you, Bob and the rest of the team.
Best regards Mark
Mark WilsonLinkedIn Profile
CEO at Mark Wilson Associates Ltd
Connaught provided me with invaluable support during my job search activities. I found that the confidence I gained from their objective, informed position enabled me to see the process more clearly and helped me identify the best options and how to reach them. My experience with Connaught was enormously constructive and most important, enjoyable.
Ian StoneLinkedIn Profile
Director of Operations UK and Australia at Globalgig
I used Connaught Executive as a sounding board to allow me to clarify the options and how best to approach them, at a key moment of change in my professional career. I have no hesitation in recommending the team for their professionalism, support, total openness and honesty in helping me in my decision-making.
Piotr (Peter) KwiatekLinkedIn Profile
Operations Director at Colpac Limited
A very professional and personable organisation. Working with the team at Connaught I genuinely felt that they are here to help their clients and not just perform the basics like some organisations in this area. The team members I have worked with are highly motivated and skilled in getting the best out of their clients. There is no template as such and this is definitely not a production line. Every client works on their own agendas with excellent support and input from the team.
Terry TidburyLinkedIn Profile
Director at Halebourne Professional Services Ltd
Connaught have provided me with the essential support I needed in my search for a new role as I had not been active in jobs market for over twenty years. They provided an outstanding service in helping me develop my CV and interview techniques, and assisting me in fine tuning my approach to the market. The knowledge of headhunters and recruiters was invaluable in helping to identify opportunities.
Bill StevensonLinkedIn Profile
Finance Director - European Union and CIS Regions at AECOM Technology Corporation
I found the Connaught team amazingly helpful in working out what I wanted to do and how to get there and together with the work around compiling a new CV and marketing identity, the whole approach is professional and proactive. I have had good leads from Connaught as well so you feel like you have a support team helping you to track down opportunities. I can say it was the best thing I have done on my journey to a new opportunity.
Bernice Simpson-DiabateLinkedIn Profile
International Marketing Director/Consultant at Bernice Simpson Marketing Consultancy Ltd
Connaught helped me to clarify my thoughts on my next career move, and that I did still have a career, after being made redundant. Their consultants helped me in every stage of the process of finding a new role including facilitating introductions that I would have found difficult to arrange on my own. I would recommend their services to others in a similar situation.
Peter GingellLinkedIn Profile
Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer at DS Smith, Jaculum Management limited
Connaught, with their professional and expert approach, brings the best out of one and widens the horizons by increasing ones perception of ones own capabilities.
Lance FoggLinkedIn Profile
Chartered Civil Engineer and Consultant specialising in Traffic and Road Safety at Arena Associates Ltd
Connaught Executive provided me with the support, framework and tools to pursue a key career change with confidence and in a wholly positive way. Their advice enabled me to understand my strengths and weaknesses thoroughly and to be very specific about the nature of the roles that I would find interesting, challenging and satisfying. The on-going alumni network remains very valuable.
Paul BlackabyLinkedIn Profile
Director at Blackaby Consultants Limited
I was somewhat sceptical at first about employing Connaught to help with my job search but found Chris relaxed and open manner very reassuring. I engaged Connaught to prepare me to interview for the role I wanted. The insight into the process, emphasising hard and soft skills, role play and feedback proved to be invaluable. This helped me achieve a successful closure to my campaign. Id certainly recommend Connaughts interview preparation and ongoing support provided throughout the process.
Alan BridgesLinkedIn Profile
Portfolio Manager at The City of Edinburgh Council
I found the services provided by Connaught to be highly beneficial. The whole team is engaged to provide support. As well as daily contact with your mentor Connaught provides valuable access to other specialists whether it interview skills coaching or NLP. Highly recommended.
Chris WardLinkedIn Profile
Director at Ward Marketing Solutions
The service helped me reassess and reposition the value that I offer potential employers, which has given me a new perspective on my career and the confidence to proactively pursue the next step. The advice on "getting out there" using social media and job-sites is effective; I am receiving a approximately 1 call every 2 weeks from a relevant recruitment agent about relevent, real jobs. I cannot recall being contacted more than once or twice a year previously.
Nigel KnightLinkedIn Profile
Strategic Account Manager at Sequel Business Solutions Ltd
The whole Connaught experience was relevant and professionally delivered and was instrumental in helping me find the new challenge that I wanted.
Richard HortonLinkedIn Profile
Working with the Connaught team has been truly inspirational. The most valuable lesson they have taught me is about my real self-worth and what an asset I am to any organisation that I choose to work with.
Rani VirdeeLinkedIn Profile
Director at Synchron Consultants Ltd
A great team, full of friendly, positive and knowledgeable people. Do you think youve got a good CV that exhibits the best of your skills and experience? Think again! These guys will push out the dents, buff the scratches and wax polish the whole vehicle; youll leave their offices in showroom quality, ready for the tyre-kicking interviews that [hopefully] follow.
Oliver CodringtonLinkedIn Profile
Director at London Wellness Centre
The team at Connaught provide a very professional service, providing genuine support during whatever stage of career planning you are at. There is a level of open dialogue and honesty from all of the team which ensures no stone is left unturned.
Dhavarajh FrankLinkedIn Profile
Chief Operating Officer at Bank Leumi UK Plc
Connaught is an outstanding professional organisation with a highly accomplished team of career coaches. They assist and motivate you in all your career change stages, helping you to secure your well-tailored role. They help you use social media and networking to give you max benefit. I highly recommend Connaught Executive to any executive, not only when actively searching for new opportunities but as a strategic career path partner.
Kees de WalleLinkedIn Profile
Management consultant with a background in IT at Belcom247, De Walle Consultants
I worked with Connaught Executive through the summer and autumn of 2012. Over this period the whole organisation demonstrated high levels of support on every occasion; consistently. Connaught cares... they do what they say they will do and will work through their consultants to deliver the very best for you in terms of future opportunities. Everyone at Connaught Executive is part of the team and that is what you join; you become part of something that is bigger than you, it is supportive at all levels from the cerebral to the tactical...I gained immensely through my time working with all of the staff at Connaught; it was the best call I made when the future looked bleak. I would recommend Connaught to any other professional looking to further their career.
Steve ElliottLinkedIn Profile
Commercial Consultant at PENNI Management Solutions
My experience with Connaught has been top-notch. Their consultants are friendly, supportive and masters of their craft. I have benefited immensely on this journey and would not hesitate to recommend Connaught to anybody who seeks a career game-changer.
Taffy Darlington NyajekaLinkedIn Profile
MI & Planning Modeller at Royal Bank of Scotland
I have found discussing my career path with Connaught has given me a clear focus and helped me realise a set of objectives. Although I am not officially a client yet, indeed on the advice of Connaught themselves, I will fully engage their services in due course. Their knowledge of the market place, how recruitment agencies work and the way they treat you as a brand is very refreshing.
Danny CroweLinkedIn Profile
Planning Director at TwentyCi
It was a real pleasure to work with Nick and the Connaught team. I enjoyed very much his enthusiasm and expertise, how he quickly understood my motivations and ambitions and the way you pointed out my weaknesses and prepare me to get to my next career move. I strongly recommend Connaught. Thank you very much Nick.
Christophe CiccardiniLinkedIn Profile
Business Development Director at Daifuku Logan
I found Connaught through the recommendation of a friend. Initially sceptical, I was quickly won around. The coach I worked with really took the time to understand my goals, my experience and what I enjoyed and was good at. More importantly they helped me see the same things for myself. Looking honestly in the mirror can be a challenge, so I won’t say it was an easy process but it was definitely one of the most valuable of my career. In addition to this forensic career based self-analysis, Connaught also offered support and coaching to help me achieve what I really wanted from my career.I’ve recommended them often to colleagues finding themselves at cross-roads in their careers, and also find myself re-visiting their advice regularly. I can’t speak highly enough of them.
Jennie StewartLinkedIn Profile
Head of Marketing and Communications at Ravensbourne
I was approached by Connaught in 2014 at a time, when after 15 years progressing through a number of roles in one company, I'd reached that fabled cross roads in life. Whilst in my comfort zone of doing the job I realised I'd let the basic skills of CV presentation, interview delivery and quite frankly basic networking skills drop to the side. I must say initially I was a sceptic and probably in the camp of what could Connaught teach me which I didn't already know! The reality - a lot! Chris and the team helped me shape my CV into a punchy marketing tool which has so far delivered on a number of occasions in setting up interviews and opening a few doors. More importantly Chris has taught me the value of being present and 'getting out there!''. Only limited success can be had from sitting behind a desk and bashing out CVs - the best route into companies is often the people who work there. Being there for your network in supporting them in their business challenges can open far more doors than just applying to job adverts! To that effect Chris has an incredible network to tap into and I've thoroughly enjoyed his networking events both the opportunity to meet others in similar stages of their careers but also to potentially set up that all important meeting which could lead to something more! I'd thoroughly recommend Chris and the Connaught team!
Chris BriggsLinkedIn Profile
Operations Consultant at The Cranfield Trust