We are Fresh Recruits
Founded by Jo Keating in 2002, Fresh Recruits aimed to bring a breath of fresh air to the recruitment industry in Dorset. Having enjoyed a successful career in sales and advertising, Jo realised that her friendly but straight-talking approach was appreciated by clients, and felt that this same approach was sorely needed in the recruitment sector.
Jo’s drive, motivation and honest nature led to her building one of the most reputable and well-known recruitment agencies in Bournemouth, which is now supported by a friendly team of more than 10 recruitment consultants and administration staff.
Together, they are committed to delivering an exceptional, honest and transparent service to both jobseekers and employers looking for recruitment solutions in Dorset and Hampshire. As a result, Fresh Recruits has formed long-lasting and valued relationships with an impressive list of clients who also trust the team to recruit for them nationally. And with loyal candidates bringing their job search back to Fresh Recruits time and time again, they are best placed to fill roles with the right people in record time.
One thing you definitely won’t get from the Fresh Recruits team is an endless stream of calls looking for new recruitment business or an irrelevant submission of your CV for a role you’re not even looking for.
One thing you certainly will get from Fresh Recruits is results.
Whether you’re a jobseeker looking for that dream job or an employer looking to fill an important vacancy, we’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch with our recruitment team in Bournemouth, who’d be happy to help.
"Thank you so much for all the hard work that you put into helping me secure my new job. Your call didn’t come across as just another call from another agency as you were interested in what I was looking for and took the time to listen … I didn’t feel like a number. From start to finish I felt cared for and guided through from an agency that has outshone its biggest competitors. Don’t change what you do because you have a winning formula"
"Thank you Fresh Recruits! I will be sure to recommend you to friends. You have made it really easy for me and I'm extremely grateful for your help"
"A big thanks to you and the team. What a smooth and professionally run service. I’m extremely happy. You guys have got the service down to a tee!"
"Fresh Recruits are a fantastic, pro-active recruitment firm and I'd be extremely grateful if you were able to keep me on your books so that should any further potential roles become available through yourselves I may be considered"
"I am always impressed with the service and professionalism when dealing with Fresh Recruits. They always listed to the needs of the business, understanding the role and our culture, which enables us to have a very successful working relationship with placing high calibre candidates in our business. They respond to questions almost immediately and address any problems very efficiently. They are a pleasure to work with"
"Thank you very much in helping me find my perfect career opportunity"
"Thank you for all your help with finding me work and I look forward to starting my new position. The support provided by Fresh Recruits was very professional and communication from advisors and yourself was excellent, keeping me informed at all times. I have recommended Fresh Recruits to some of my other friends and colleagues also looking for work"
"Thanks again and you guys are great, one of the top recruiters out there, always sending stuff that's relevant and interesting. Hope you guys have a wonderful day and keep it up! Recruitment isn't easy..."
"As always, you and your staff are great to work with … thanks for bearing with me … really wanted to find the right one"
"Thanks for the fast service today, unlike the other recruitment agencies I have worked with"
"Thank you very much for the time invested in helping me find a job. This job is perfect for me in every sense as it suits my available hours, it's near home and the staff seem so lovely there! Hopefully I will be very happy there. Thanks again!"
I have been dealing with Fresh Recruits for the last few months and Sara continually provides us with high quality candidates, majority of which have been successfully placed. The entire process is very effective and we are constantly kept up to date with advice on the candidate market and would gladly recommend using their services.
"Monday was a good day - wasn't it! A big thanks to the team. What a smooth and professionally run service. I'm extremely happy, you guys have got the service down to a tee!"
Meet the team
The Fresh Recruits team in Bournemouth comprises professional, enthusiastic and experienced recruitment consultants and advisors from a variety of backgrounds. It is thanks to them and our lovely and efficient support staff that our recruitment agency runs so efficiently and successfully.
Jo Keating MREC & Assoc CIPD
Jo started Fresh Recruits in 2002 with the vision of providing a Fresh Recruitment experience to both clients and candidates. Being a hands on Consultant is what Jo enjoys and she still runs her own recruitment desk working closely with both clients and candidates. In 2014 Jo completed her CIPD in Human Resource Management at Poole College.
Charlotte Allistone AREC
Charlotte has recently been promoted from Senior Recruitment Consultant to Branch Manager due to her hard work, determination and growth. Her role now consists of managing a busy recruitment desk, working with a large portfolio of clients and running a very successful team. “I’ve had an amazing journey since I started with Fresh Recruits, everybody has been really supportive, the business is growing massively and there are some fantastic opportunities for everyone throughout the company.” Charlotte has a wealth of recruitment experience across Temporary, Contract and Permanent sectors mainly in Sales, Office, Linguistics, Executive and Financial Sectors. Prior to relocating to Bournemouth in 2007, she spent many years working in London within the media industry. Outside of work, Charlotte regularly plays tennis and is a qualified Tap Dance Teacher. She has travelled extensively including a gap year after university where she travelled across Australia and Asia.
Jess Kesik AREC
Jess initially joined Fresh Recruits as a Recruitment Co-ordinator. However, she has enjoyed speaking to candidates so much that she has now moved into a Trainee Consultant role and is enjoying the challenge of managing her own clients and candidates. She has exceptional 'people skills' and is a tremendous judge of character. Jess enjoys staying active and spends most of her time outdoors. But at the same time is first to admit that she wouldn’t mind relaxing in the sun, sipping on a nice cocktail every now and again!
Amy Ringrose AREC
With a successful track record in a variety of sectors, we are pleased to welcome Amy Ringrose to the Fresh Recruits team. Amy is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service to both candidates and clients and will always aim to make the recruitment process as easy as possible for all involved. A keen music lover, Amy enjoys belting out a classic 90’s power ballad (Celine Dion to be precise!). She is also a Gin & Tonic connoisseur!
Katrina Michel AREC
We are pleased to welcome Katrina Michel as our new Recruitment Consultant at our Bournemouth office. She will be responsible for placing permanent and fixed-term contract jobs across the South Coast in a range of commercial and service industries. A professional recruiter with high standards, she possesses a great work ethic and a genuine commitment to do the best possible job for her clients and job hunters alike. Katrina joins us at an exciting time of growth for the branch and with lots of recruitment experience her, we are sure she will be a great success!
Kerry Brookes AREC
Kerry joined the Fresh Recruits team in 2008 as a Branch Administrator and has since progressed to Administration Manager with responsibility for the Admin Team who provide an organised and efficient support service to the team of consultants. She likes to be involved in a wide variety of tasks and can multi-task with ease, a highly efficient and organised Administrator herself, Kerry ensures that the extremely busy admin function and nuts & bolts behind Fresh Recruits are running smoothly.
Gabbi Excell AREC
Gabbi is our Recruitment Co-ordinator and we rely on her to overlook the whole recruitment process, from the job description to keeping an eye on consultants. She ensures the correct candidates are hired so our clients remain happy. Gabbi is also our movie nerd who actively goes to the cinema on a regular basis. Full of knowledge, she’s the ideal person to take with you to a pub quiz so she can show off her fountain of knowledge when it comes to Harry Potter, why not test her?
Hannah Boddington AREC
Being a Recruitment Co-ordinator is more than just filling out paperwork and organising interviews; Hannah has a real talent for proactively attracting, screening and selecting qualified candidates for those hard to fill roles. Whatever you are seeking, Hannah is always here to talk you through all the great opportunities we have at Fresh Recruits. A big foodie, Hannah has a secret fondness for chocolate fudge cake. You’ll also find her daydreaming about running her own café on the beach!
Louise Oliver AREC
Louise is our fantastic Administrator, who supports our co-ordinators and recruiters by carrying out the day-to-day admin tasks that need doing, enabling the team to fulfil their roles expertly and efficiently. As the newest addition to the team, she is in her element and has taken to her role like a duck to water, loving the variety and fast-paced environment of our busy Bournemouth office. Outside of work, Louise has a passion for live music. She enjoys soaking up an eclectic mix of talented bands at various pubs and bars. If there's ever a drum kit in sight, you'll be sure to find her here!
Darcy O'Brien AREC
Darcy is our cool, calm and collected Branch Administrator. She has a work hard, play hard attitude and counts Friday as her favourite day – almost certainly because she can head on out after work for a cheeky beverage (or 2) and dance the night away! She has also developed a new enthusiasm for travelling after recently visiting America. Darcy provides full administrative support to our team of consultants and is first point of contact for all queries via telephone, email or face to face. She loves to balance a myriad of jobs and is always available to lend a hand especially on a busy Monday morning!
Janet Keating AREC
Company Secretary and Accounts Manager
Janet has been with Fresh Recruits from the outset, she works part time and deals with the company finances and facilities management.
Gertie the Gordon Setter
Gertie provides the office entertainment, she’s certainly got plenty to say for herself, and is constantly chatting away in her special dog language. At work, she’s either sunbathing by the office front door, or running up and down the office (generally with her squeakiest toy when someone’s on the phone!) Gertie enjoys regular walks throughout the working day in Bournemouth gardens and without fail jumps in the stream.
Arthur the new pup
The newest addition to the Fresh-family is 20 week-old Arthur, born 31st March! Our four-legged friend de-stresses the office, makes us laugh and forces us to get out of the office into the sunshine - no matter how busy we are… but is rubbish on email! He also loves to show his face on social media!