As managing director of Anne Corder Recruitment, Nel joined the Peterborough-based recruitment agency in 1997 – and has seen many changes during the past quarter of a century.
From writing hard copy job adverts and re-writing CVs to now offering a full digital service to candidates and clients, the latest exciting news for Nel and the team – who have been working remotely during the pandemic - is an imminent move to new offices in the city.
Nel, who became recruitment partner at Anne Corder Recruitment at the time of joining the company , took over as managing director from Anne Corder at the end of last year.
She said: “I can’t believe I have been at Anne Corder Recruitment for a whole 25 years – looking back to my first day it seems only a few years ago, a decade at most!
“Like many businesses at that time, we didn’t all have an individual email address, and would regularly forget to check our central email address for days at a time.
“Every week was geared up to deadline for sits vac ad copy – frantic word counts to fit the paid for space and deciding whether to invest in colour, a quarter page or both.
“So, I suppose one of the biggest changes in 25 years has been the ability to deliver our service digitally – through our own website to investing in job boards and using social media for everything from event promotion to providing professional advice.”
Nel, who lives in Stamford, added: “The pandemic forced change on the workforce at pace unseen previously – with businesses such as ours hurriedly packing chairs, keyboards, monitors and setting up for the first time to work remotely.
“Despite some teething troubles, the team rose to the challenge and after only a few weeks it felt like the new norm.
“However, we are now looking forward to settling into new offices, with a slightly re-engineered way of delivering our improved services to our clients and embracing a truly hybrid working pattern.
“I still completely love my job – no two days are the same. Our brilliant team works together to deliver the very best recruitment solutions for clients and candidates.”