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Dylan introduces a freelance supertool!

August 13th, 2012   By   Filed Under: Candidates, Digital

The old adage of ‘the early bird catches the worm’ perfectly embodies the mindset of a freelancer when it comes to finding a new contract. As a freelancer you have your trusted network of colleagues, friends in the industry and recruiters who you rely on to keep you informed when & where the next suitable role is available. As an important cog in that process we’ve looked at ways how we can improve the speed of service to our freelance talent and we’d like to introduce a solution.

We reached out to Watu (a tech company that specialises in temporary worker solutions) to help us engage with freelancers quicker than the current limited methods. Through our new web based app we aim to drive engagement between freelancers and us. We know that key to finding a freelance role is the speed of which you are made aware of a role and the relevance to your job search criteria. By building your profile on our freelancer app you can select the areas of marketing you wish to be updated with for freelance positions and receive alerts when positions are live.

We’re committed to providing a reaction to the old freelance recruitment model of ‘them and us’, the agency calling an otherwise unengaged database of faceless individuals to fulfil a short term contract. We’re aiming to drive more interaction between our freelance talent and increase the speed of new roles being released to the interested temporary worker.

With any new initiative our success (or failure!) hinges on your feedback. We’d like to invite all of our freelance talent to subscribe to our app and help us help you!



A new age traveller’s tale

June 1st, 2012   By   Filed Under: Candidates, Digital, Interesting, Weird and Wonderful

One of our candidates called Gary Knox who we placed in his last role has decided to do it alone, not in the marketing but around the world. This is in a different way to how you can imagine, because it isn’t he who decides his direction or which countries he visits, it is you! Read more…

99 is not 100

April 27th, 2012   By   Filed Under: Client Showcase, Everyone, Placements

Just before Christmas we finally booked a meeting with a real player in the integrated marketing space, an agency that we wanted to represent and include in our stable of awesome agencies, broadening the career scope for our candidates. We’re as ambitious as our candidates to work with the very best, and not having this agency as a partner was a little embarrassing.

After a thorough and uncompromising grilling by the HR Director, jaded by hyperbole and unfulfilled promises, we were told in no uncertain terms that she only gave agencies one chance.

So, with brief in hand, we retired to London Bridge and got on with the brief. Five months, five briefs & five placed candidates later, we have maintained a 100% placement record and are delighted to be fulfilling our promise. We’re grinning like cheshire cats!

Happy 5th Birthday Dylan

March 26th, 2012   By   Filed Under: Everyone

This month marks the 5th year that Dylan opened its doors to the marketing world. In March 2007, myself, Julian Johnson and Philip Edleston decided to set up an marketing recruitment agency that did things a bit differently and a bit better. We have seen an incredible journey and had many highs along the way, with a lot of hard work and dedication to our original ethos;  we even celebrated the end of the 5th year picking up multiple awards in the MARA and NORA awards. It’s great to be part of such a brilliant and talented team working with excellent candidates and clients and I look forward to the next 5 years unfolding.

How to get the most out of your employees through Interior Design

March 14th, 2012   By   Filed Under: Everyone, Interesting, Weird and Wonderful, Uncategorized

So, the other day, I was browsing the inter-web, trying to find some ideas for our office revamp. And, luckily enough, one of my digital idols just so happens to have made a video on how to enure you have the most coolest and creative office in the world. If you’ve not heard of Alex Bragg, allow me to introduce you: Mr Bragg is the creator of BajillionHits.Biz, a widely celebrated multi-platform social media lifestyle experience. Or, to put it simply, he’s the Dalai Lama of the social media space. Naturally, he’s close personal friends with The Zuck (or Mark Zuckerberg to those who aren’t in his inner-circle) and Big Cash (Pete Cashmore) and has won 2 Webbys, so you know he’s legit. Alex is a curator, a strategizer, a blogger, a paradigm-shifter, an innovator, a community-builder and a bespeckled dream-boat. Now we can add creative raw workspace loft visionist to the list. Boom.

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Hello 2012!!

January 20th, 2012   By   Filed Under: Everyone

I think that’s long enough of a blackout for SOPA to take notice….welcome back to the
Dylan blog! Happy New Year guys, hope you had a good one? Last year was a big big
year for Dylan, we were recognised by MARA’s & NORA’s for our work in the last 12
months, which was a huge honour. If that wasn’t pleasing enough we were awarded Best
Recruitment Blog of the year by Jobsite. Thanks! They have great taste in them Jobsite
offices (Max Beesley aside).

Anyway rather than talk about how great we are (let’s face it, we are great) we want
to say a massive well done to Creature for winning business from Adidas to help launch
new trainers in the Adidas Orginals range. This is an awesome win which includes TV,
print, digital and out of home. Great work guys.

LinkedIn – friend or foe?

December 13th, 2011   By   Filed Under: Candidates, Employers, Everyone


I love LinkedIn, not in the love I will have for my first child, but close to it. LinkedIn has revolutionised the recruitment industry. It plays on a very simple emotion, vanity. You may disagree with the vanity suggestion, but if you are on LinkedIn, then you are comfortable with promoting yourself to the world, which is being vain.

Your profile is effectively your CV, it’s a highlight reel of your corporate life, an opportunity for everyone to see what you do and how good you may be.  For companies this is an interesting problem because you know you star performers are constantly visible for all to see and for all to contact.

Recruiters obviously use LinkedIn as a first port of call to head hunt candidates. It allows upfront honesty and assuming that the recruiter is ethical in their approach and respects the persons contact settings (ie, the “open to career opportunities” is highlighted in their contact settings) it is an unobtrusive manner to get in touch. So knowing this is the case, why do companies like their employees being on LinkedIn?

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The Evolution of Dylan

December 1st, 2011   By   Filed Under: Candidates, Employers, Everyone

I have been here since March 3rd 2007 when Dylan first opended its doors as Mash Recruit. We opened them as a new and fairly green agency, we made some good headway through determination and a genuine ambition to create a unique recruitment consultancy. It was untimley that the recession took hold soon after but we were tenacious, dug deep and kept our heads above water, still trying to continue to stick to our ethos of trying to be a bit different but a lot better than the norm.

On Wednesday night last week, donned in a tuxedo with the team, I felt very proud to see us pick up two awards at the MARAs (best recruitment website and highly commended in the medium recruiter category) as well as picking up best small recruitment agency in the NORA awards recently too. It was a sign of how far we have come, it was a just a shame yours truly who was shortlisted for the best recrutiment awards wasn’t victorious, we must have missed the application deadline!

These awards are testament to the sheer hard work of the whole team and wonderful to see it acknowledged. Dylan is a wonderful place to work; there is a great culture, a fantastic team and a genuine pride of who we all work for and the brand that has been created. Next year I hope to go one better and scoop best medium agency of the year… see you on the podium.

Working with the “World’s Most Creatively-Awarded” Agency

November 29th, 2011   By   Filed Under: Everyone

 Having recently won awards at both the NORA and MARA Awards, we’re delighted to announce that Dylan has been chosen to join the distinguished recruitment PSL of Proximity London, officially the ‘world’s most creatively-awarded direct and digital agency network’.

This is a great win for us as a business and, having also recently been retained across the board on the BD Network PSL, it helps in our drive to work with the very best creative agencies in the world, providing career opportunity to our brilliantly talented and super ambitious candidate network.

If you’re looking to work for the very best and want your interests represented by consultants as passionate about recruitment as you are about your discipline get in touch with us.


Time to Tweet

November 28th, 2011   By   Filed Under: Digital, Everyone, Interesting, Weird and Wonderful

11.11.11 was always going to blow the tweetosphere into oblivion, but Miguel Rios has captured the magical moment (or should I say moments) in a geographic spin of the volume of tweets moving across the globe like a pulse, first at 11:11am local time and again at 11:11pm. The size of the 1 represents the volume of tweets from that location at that time. I think this is a fascinating example of the prevalence of social media across the globe and the increasingly important role it plays in communication. Read more…