Testimonials - Polly Symondson Recruitment
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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“Polly has delivered great results on recruiting managers for me several times now. She is efficient, knows her stuff, good to work with and most importantly, finds you great people to work for you. I can recommend her highly.”

Marian Rose, Director of Fundraising and Communications, TREEAID

“Polly did a great job for us helping hire our new fundraising manager. It wasn’t easy to find the right person but she was patient and persistent and looks like we hit gold in the end…”

Lewis Temple, Chief Executive, IDE International

Polly really took the stress out of our search for a high calibre candidate for the role of Executive Director for the SMA Trust. She did everything you would expect of a top quality Recruitment Consultant publicising the role, filtering the applicants and providing an expert, in depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the 6 candidates she eventually presented for interview. What really makes Polly stand apart, however, is her passion. She really gave her all to find the candidate who was the right fit for us, as well as being the best person for the position. This demonstrated itself in the research she did in order to understand the culture of our organisation, as well as the time she took to get to know the short-listed candidates. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she was always available to answer questions and provide support. We would highly recommend using Polly in order to find the right employee for you, as she did an outstanding job for the SMA Trust.”

Tessa Rice, Co Chair, The SMA Trust

“As a relatively small charity we can’t always find the time or resources to focus on recruitment matters  when critical issues arise. Knowing how important it is to find the right person for the role in question, we decided to use the services of Polly Symondson and we are delighted with the outcome. Polly worked to our brief, allowing us to be as involved as we wished whilst ensuring the recruitment process was smoothly handled from initial stages right through to a successful appointment. We found Polly to be efficient, attentive and at all times professional and would have no hesitation in engaging her services on future occasions.”

Jane Gates, CEO, Sebastian’s Action Trust

“Polly has been crucial in assisting our organisation to select the best cadidates for senior appointments. As a national charity needing to generate £9m each year for our beneficiaries, our senior posts are very important. Polly has an in-depth knowledge of the required skills and experience, an enagaging way of communicating and sharp analysis of responses. Polly has been of real service to our organisation.”

John Parry, CEO, The Fire Fighters Charity

“Polly recently helped us recruit a Donor Care Assistant and her work for us was outstanding. Polly’s knowledge and experience in fundraising meant that she understood straight away the position and the type of person we were after. This made the whole process easy and straightforward. Polly’s hard work and dedication was second to none and I would highly recommend her services!”

Beatrice Cami, Fundraising and Communications Manager,
Handicap International UK

“Polly understood the brief for our charity straight way. We were looking to recruit a very specific person and Polly was able to provide us with a superb candidate who did indeed meet the brief we had set. Polly has been extremely prompt to respond to our needs and all the administration that goes into hiring a new member of staff has been made much easier thanks to her professional way of working.”

Rachel Ritter, Fundraising Manager, Child Brain Injury Trust


“Polly consistently gave accurate and supportive information throughout the recruitment process, showing both a strong grasp of the employer’s requirements and of the challenges that the new role would present. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to other Charity sector professionals who are seeking to advance their careers. Thank Polly you were great!”

PSR candidate

“When I contacted Polly I found her extremely helpful and professional. Polly gave me the courage to believe in myself and the confidence to apply for the job. Polly advised me on how to sell myself and re-write my C.V. When I made the adjustments and read it back even I was impressed. Polly mentored me through my three interviews and proved to be my pillar of support. As a result I was the successful candidate and because of Polly I now have the best job that I’ve had since the start of my career.”

PSR candidate

“Polly provided expert support in tailoring my CV to match the role I was applying for. The coaching I then received prior to interview meant I walked in confident and fully prepared – I couldn’t have asked for more.”

PSR candidate

“Polly was a real breath of fresh air – not one of your usual recruitment consultants! Readily personable, friendly and clearly knows the third sector. She was very supportive through the recruitment process and interview stage and I would not hesitate to recommend her if you are looking for a new role.”

PSR candidate

“Working with Polly was a pleasure: she took the time to really understand what type of role I was looking for and matched me to my perfect job and organisation. She was extremely professional and attentive at all times, I would not hesitate to recommend that any company or indivdual use PSR for their recruitment requirements.”

PSR candidate

“In a crowded and sometimes inconsistent field, Polly is a gem. She is careful, thorough and works with a great deal of awareness and concern for the non-profits that she represents.”

PSR candidate