Testimonials

We love hearing feedback and receiving testimonials.
Here is what our clients and candidates say about HRLife...

 

"Jemma has been invaluable
to me during a period of transformation within my HR team. HRLife are now my go-to HR consultancy and I cannot
recommend them highly enough"

"The recruitment process ran smoothly and seamlessly, all candidates were well briefed and communication was timely and relevant"

"I needed to partner with someone who could provide quality and speed, Jemma and Kerry at HRLife didn’t let me down"

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Senior Talent Acquisition Manager - UK & EMEA Honeywell

"I was extremely impressed by the professionalism and market knowledge from HRLife. After trying to fill a requirement for several weeks directly, HRLife were able to present excellent candidates for the role and successfully place a fantastic HRBP in a very niche skill set. The communication and seamless transaction were first class, I just wish I had given the role to them sooner!!! I would have no hesitation recommending Jemma and HRLife, the service I received was outstanding."

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Louise Kelly - Recruitment and Employer Brand Advisor

Hotelplan UK

"Jemma conducted a thorough screening process with me and provided some really helpful insights and briefing on the organisation to me before my interviews which was very valuable and I’m sure helped me secure my role – thanks Jemma!  I would not hesitate in using HRLife as a client or a candidate in the future."

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Shane Hicks

VP Global Talent, Epicor

When presented with an urgent short-notice request for an immediately available HRBP I needed to partner with someone who could provide quality and speed, Jemma and Kerry at HRLife didn’t let me down – I am so impressed with the service, highly recommended.

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Shelley Vaisey

Head of Talent Acquisition, Oxbotica

Right from the moment I saw the linkedIn post in relation to my new role as 'Head of Talent Acquisition' at Oxbotica (who develop the software that makes vehicles autonomous), my experience of HR Life and specifically Kerry was a positive one. 

Within an afternoon, I had shared my profile with her and we were chatting about my background and ambitions. With feedback following every meeting and support with preparing for each interview, her knowledge and approach exceeded my expectations. 

Kerry is a true professional, she is a shining light within the Talent Acquisition and Recruitment search market. She is passionate about her handful of clients but in equal measures she is committed to supporting her candidates resulting in an excellent candidate experience. 

I will certainly use Kerry and indeed recommend her in the future to any organisation looking for that personal, well intentioned touch. Well done Kerry on getting it so right, you have truly helped me realise my dreams in relation to my career.

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Francisca Adjei Konama

HRSS Associate EMEA, Gilead Sciences

"My experience with HRLife was very professional, from the initial contact with Jemma on LinkedIn to Kerry assisting me through the recruitment process. Communication was always effective and efficient. Kerry really demonstrated the human aspect in Human Resources. After two weeks in my new role, I can confirm I made the right decision because the company is exactly as Kerry described it, before I accepted my offer. I would 100% recommend HRLife as a great HR Recruitment Consultancy!"

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Laura Roxburgh

HR Director, Integral

Jemma has been invaluable to me during a period of transformation within my HR team. She helped me to fill ten vacancies of different seniority levels within six weeks, which was a huge lift for her team – impressively, she and Kerry were able to maintain their consultative approach, whilst still working at that pace.

Jemma has fantastic candidate management and a genuine understanding of her clients’ requirements; I could trust her to put interviews straight into my diary, knowing that any candidate she selected would be a strong contender. HRLife are now my go-to HR consultancy and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Stef Danesi

HR Director, Northern Europe - BioMerieux

The relationship with Jemma goes back a number of years when she placed me into a previous HR Manager role.  We kept in touch and I remember the service I received as a candidate and having seen her set up HRLife with Kerry Miller I knew they needed to be my first port of call when hiring last year. 

Whilst we hadn’t spoken for a couple of years, I’d been following them on LinkedIn and love seeing their daily HR posts, many of which really resonate with the market place and what’s going on in the HR world.  When discussing my hiring needs with them they understood exactly what I was looking for and I was so impressed with the shortlist they presented. 

Their network is incredibly strong and they were able to speak to people they’d known over the years who they knew I’d like and would be a good fit for the business.  

I would highly recommend anyone hiring HR Professionals in the Thames Valley to speak to HRLife!

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Daire Farnon

HR Director, Telereal Trillium

Telereal Trillium has used HRLife a couple of times over the last 12 months to assist with HR recruitment at different levels.

On each occasion Jemma Rawlins, the lead consultant working with us, was focussed, realistic, professional and helped with the appointment of good candidates.  The recruitment process ran smoothly and seamlessly, all candidates were well briefed and communication was timely and relevant.

 

Jemma understands the HR profession well and the range of roles, activities, types of HR practitioners and environments which ensures she is able to provide a short list of high calibre candidates within a sensible time frame.  

 

We worked as a partnership on these assignments and this delivered very good results.

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Media business

I’ve worked with Kerry for several years now and was glad to pick up the phone to her at HRLife about a role to bolster a newly inherited team. True to form, Kerry quickly got to grips with both the brief and the environment and we successfully hired someone from the first submission of candidates she made. Possibly the least painful recruitment process for a key role on my team I’ve ever had! Kerry is my go-to for HR team needs moving forward.

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Neena Begra

HR Manager, Firmenich

My experience with HRLife Group has been excellent, both Jemma and Kerry were professional.  I felt comfortable speaking to them and was able to have that open conversation with regards to my next role.  

Successfully I was put forward for a role that fitted all the criteria that I was looking for in my next HR Business Partner role. Communication was great and I was given  good and clear information about the role and what the company were looking for.

I am extremely grateful for their support in my search and have landed myself in a role and company where I could not be happier.  Thank you Jemma and Kerry for being a great support.

Rebecca Cleary

Candidate

It was great as a candidate to find a recruiter that treated me as an individual and really understood what I wanted to find in my next new role. Kerry and Jemma screened me to find out what I wanted and really ensured that the role was the right ‘fit’ for me and the Company. They were very supportive through the recruitment process and luckily  I was successful! Now that I am here,  I am really glad that my new Company chose HRLife to represent them as they were great brand ambassadors for the Company.

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Global Technology Business, Thames Valley

Jemma and Kerry have always been great networkers, for me the key is balance – sharing content that is of interest and adds value, hosting events that are relevant and staying in contact so you know they are there for you but without the ‘pushiness’ of other recruitment partners.

It was this balance that led to a fairly large gap between working together but when I had a need to add HR resource to the team I knew exactly who to talk to!

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Jacqui Barratt, CEO

Salt

I was referred to Jemma at HRLife by a colleague who had previously worked with her. We needed an HR Manager and as a specialist recruiter ourselves we saw the value in engaging with someone who works in that space every day.  Jemma and Kerry took a thorough brief and as a result presented 5 great candidates whom we interviewed. All candidates were more than capable and it was a great position to be in, to have choice and at the same time see an array of candidates who would all bring value to our business. Jemma was responsive and pushed us when required. Would highly recommend HRLife and felt from the beginning we were working with a partner who understood our needs and the ultimate outcome is we secured a great person.

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James Sheppard, Deputy Headteacher

Furze Platt Senior School

"Having created a new Head of Employee Relations role, to sit as part of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, we were determined to find an outstanding candidate who would play a core role in the next stage of our development journey. HR Life was recommended to us by one of our governors, who works as an HR professional – and we were delighted with the service from start to finish. Jemma took the time to discuss every aspect of our brief in full detail, advising me along the way on what would likely work best. This elicited a candidate list from which 100% were interviewable – one of whom joined us in October 2023 and has been a fantastic addition to our team. Whilst I hope won’t be needing to interview for this post again any time soon, we will most definitely go back to HR Life for any future HR recruitment needs."

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Debashis Dasgupta, CEO

Kent Athlone Pharma Group

We had a critical and urgent need within the business for a Group HR Director position after a Carve-out deal. The turnaround within 5 weeks from an initial briefing to the final placement was quite extraordinary. The quality of diverse set of candidates presented gave me a chance to evaluate our options and align with the business needs. Cannot emphasise enough on the impact HRLife can bring in the recruitment process.

Charlotte Weston

Candidate

A quick and easy hiring process. Great communication throughout and proven knowledge of what their client needed to get the best fit in role. Could not fault and would definitely be contacting them for future recruitment needs.

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Ernie Owusu

Head of Group HR - Kent Athlone Pharma UK Ltd

My experience with HRLife was one in which I was both pleasantly surprised and impressed by their speed of work, relationship forming and detail and knowledge about the business. I thought I was familiar with all the key HR related agencies, but had HRLife recommended to me by a former team member of mine.

In short, the turnaround in between me initially finding the role and then getting an offer and starting was just shy of two weeks. This included them responding to my application the day after posting it; getting me an interview 2 days after that, acquiring key business information, internal interviewee summary, format and other key detail that enhance the entire candidate journey for me.

The professional tenacity displayed was hugely impressive, as was the “can do” attitude of Jemma particularly. I secured the role, and it has been everything I expected and more and very much as described by HR Life Group.

In addition to this, their follow up post on-boarding has been of the highest standard, initially ensuring my colleague got a “recommendation” gesture, the internal recruitment team that interviewed me were also pleased with the process and approach adopted by HRLife, Jemma and Kerry also followed up with me over lunch to see how the role was going, two months in, and this was wholly appreciated.

They covered the entire end to end process with rigour, professionalism, dedication and courtesy throughout. I would wholly recommend them for any HR related appointments

A pleasure to work with!

Tasha Jenner

Candidate

As a candidate I cannot fault the service Jemma provided... from the first conversation we had, I shared my experience and what I was looking for - Jemma had already identified and matched my skills, so had a role in mind! The process of interview to job offer including several conversations and face to face meetings was complete within a week!  This was quick but totally the right role for me and one of the best moves I made - thank you Jemma! The finishing touches making the whole process even better we’re the texts and phone calls I had in preparation for starting my new role and having started a fab notebook and card from Jemma and Kerry! All of this made the experience so much more pleasant and I would definitely recommend HRLife.

Vikki McKenna

HR Manager

Jemma was extremely supportive during my recruitment journey.  From my initial application right the way through to my appointment, Jemma communicated with me at all times making special effort to fit in with my current circumstances.  She fully briefed me on the role and assessed my suitability meaning everyone was clear on expectations.  It's been an absolutely pleasure being represented by HRLife and I couldn't recommend them enough to any future candidates or employers.  

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Louise Ellingham

Unite Students

My relationship with HR Life as a recruiter has been like no other. I felt that Jemma at HR Life had my best interest at heart throughout the entire process. The partnership that they have with their hiring managers is exceptional. They clearly take the time to understand their needs and wants to ensure a correct skill set match. Jemma had clearly done her due diligence as myself and the hiring manager hit it off immediately, with a job offer on the table during the first interview. The small touches were extremely thoughtful, from securing me my desired start date and calling prior to my first day to ensure I was ready and excited. 

HR Life have hired several key roles at Unite Students as we move through integral HR transformation and their impact in those hires is clear to see. 

HRIS and Systems Specialist

As a candidate I found HRLife great to engage with. Jemma took the time to fully understand what I was looking for and what was important to me in a role. Throughout the period from initial contact to starting, Jemma always kept me up to date and communicated very well. I would fully recommend candidates engaging through HRLife.

Simon Hood

Senior HR Business Partner

It was a pleasure working with Jemma and Kerry. They are both friendly and personable yet realistic and honest at the same time. I valued the candid, practical and constructive feedback on my CV which helped me make valuable changes. Working with Jemma more closely, I found her to be responsive, encouraging and genuinely interested in me as a person at a time when I was daunted by career transition. Thank you to all in the team. I will gladly work with them again. 

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Ejiro Marandu

Head of Total Rewards - Halma

I got in touch with HRLife following a recommendation, as I was looking to hire into my team – I wasn’t disappointed. Kerry quickly got in touch to understand what I was looking for and took a full brief, sharing market insights with me and setting time frames. Throughout she was knowledgeable, engaging and responsive and I’m delighted with my hire! Kerry was a delight to work with as she is extremely personable, completely understood what I was looking for and made the entire process very easy.

HRLife provide a service that not only finds you a person – they find you the right person, taking the time to get to know you. I would highly recommend.

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Alison Clarke

Interim HR Manager, IPRO Solutions Limited

"I wanted to say a big thank you to HRLife for assisting me recently with moving to a new HR role, covering maternity leave. I couldn't have been happier with the professional service provided, and with the personal support given to me by Jemma throughout the process. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone seeking to find or fill an HR role."

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Head of HR Business Partnering, Wokingham Borough Council

"I reached out to HRLife as a local recruitment company for support with filling a couple of new vacancies within our HR team in March this year.  Having met Kerry and Jemma previously I was confident in their approach, how they go about understanding candidates, a business and the requirements.  HRLife successfully assisted us with filling two vacancies in March 2022, with individuals who are now integrated, valued, fantastic members of our team.  Extremely pleased with the result, with a huge thanks to HRLife.  I wouldn’t hesitate to engage them in future recruitment needs for the HR team here."

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Daye Jeon

Executive Recruiter, Newton Europe

"Jemma and the team at HR life played an integral role in my recent recruitment to Newton Europe. Jemma first approached me on LinkedIn about the vacancy, her approach was professional yet personable - she was able to answer my questions and showed a good understanding of Newton as a company and the role itself. Throughout the process, Jemma was easily contactable (even out of standard office hours) and really took the time to understand what my priorities were and my circumstances. Thank you Jemma and team!"

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Charity

My experience of HRLife, as a candidate, and Jemma in particular has been extremely positive. The level of candidate care, throughout, has been exemplary and I’ve felt very much in professional and capable hands.

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Mieke Bruyniks

HR Shared Services Specialist - Gilead Sciences

"Kerry was very professional and lovely to speak to. She took an interest in me and helped me with my CV as well as kept me updated regularly which was great and showed that she cared. As a recruitment agency I believe I have found the jackpot with people like Kerry. You go above and beyond and was very personable. Kerry, from the bottom of my heart, Thank you for you are brilliant!"

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Trisha Bober

Resource Scheduler at Newton Europe

My first two weeks at Newton have been fantastic. Everyone is so welcoming and happy to help it really is everything it was promised to be. It feels like a company I could only have dreamed to be a part of, so it all feels very special.

Thank you again Jemma and Kerry for all your help in securing this role for me - I will be forever grateful!

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Charity

"Working with Jemma and Kerry at HRlife in securing my next senior HR role was a game changer. The personal style and care with regards to supporting and understanding my career is something I have not experienced with any other HR recruitment agency. Their follow up, feedback and attention to the little details is faultless and genuinely appreciated during a stressful job search. As a candidate, I have no hesitation in recommending HRlife and know that I will work with them again, if not as a candidate, to now recruit and build my HR team."