Discover your next job or find your ideal employee with CMD Recruitment, the largest and most established recruitment agency in Wiltshire and Bath.
CMD Recruitment has an established reputation when it comes to creative recruitment. We’re trusted by some of the biggest brands in the South West to help them find the best creative and design talent.
With years of experience, we’ve helped dedicated designers land dream jobs with forward-thinking businesses in the South West. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of designers and creatives find their ideal roles, whether they’re just starting out or aiming to progress further in their careers.
We pride ourselves on not compromising. Our recruitment agency is committed to our clients and our candidates, and we don’t recommend potential employees unless we feel they would make a great match in terms of skills, experience and company fit.
We know the South West inside and out. We have a vast database of enthusiastic creatives who are ready and raring for the next step in their career journey. We also have a wealth of connections in the design and creative industry, enabling us to find the best organisations for our driven candidates. Our recruitment specialists are the best in the business and will work closely with you to fill your creative vacancy.
We would love to give you a clear-cut answer to this, but as an experienced employment agency, we know that it’s impossible. The design and creative sector is so wide and varied that the skills and requirements required for each role can vary wildly. However, there are some similarities we can look at, and ones we keep an eagle eye out for when recruiting for creative positions.
In our experience, we’ve learned that the creatives that have the longest careers with the fastest progressions are those that are highly agile. They are able to adapt to rapid changes, they have an eagerness to learn, they can think abstractly and they are curious. They tend to see obstacles as exciting challenges, rather than blocks to success.
Secondly, ideal candidates tend to be highly creative (obviously), which means they are able to look at the bigger picture, coming up with innovative solutions and ways to collaborate to make projects work. On the other hand, with ever-changing technology and advancements, most people in this sector are also highly proficient with technology, as well as being quick and willing to learn.
Finally, we find that the best creatives possess a great deal of empathy and a high emotional intelligence. This helps them to get ‘inside the heads’ of the end customer or client, delivering creatives that will resonate with them.
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Great designers are in really hot demand at the moment. Businesses know that designers can help to create materials that will help them stand out from the competition, while conveying their personality and message in a way that works commercially. More than ever, companies are investing money into their branding and marketing efforts, and as such, they need skilled creatives to help with these tasks.
In line with the demand for design talent, the salaries for designers and creatives has also increased steadily, with no signs of this pattern abating. Good designers know they can have their pick of great agencies and organisations, and as such, they generally look for businesses with rewarding company cultures. They also want a recruitment process that is streamlined and painless. This is where CMD Recruitment can help. As an experienced creative recruitment agency, we work closely with our clients and candidates to ensure expectations are exceeded.
Most employment opportunities for designers in the UK will come from marketing, advertising, fashion and film industries, as well as architecture and IT firms. There is huge variance both in the type of agency that is likely to hire a creative, as well as the size of the business itself. We have dealt with startups and multinational conglomerates, all unique in their requirements for their vacancies.
Salary ranges for roles within the creative sector can vary hugely depending on the position, requirements and seniority. We recommend reviewing our comprehensive Salary Guide, which will provide a more thorough understanding of current compensation trends. Our guide covers a range of positions and fields, providing valuable insights to both employers and candidates.
Here’s how our creative employment agency will work alongside you to find a candidate that is just right for you:
Defining the role. Before we get started with active recruitment, we need to get to know you and define the role. This includes an in-depth discussion where we get to know you, your organisation, the company culture and working patterns, as well as the ins and outs of the role itself. What is required or expected? What would the perfect candidate look like to you? Once we have been through all this and we have a complete vision, we will put together a bespoke recruitment plan.
Channel selection. We might have a strong and extensive database of creative talent, but before we exhaust this list, we explore other channels, such as job boards. We also take to LinkedIn to cast a wide net, while also holding conversations with existing candidates on our books.
Creating the shortlist. After carrying out introductory calls and interviews, and carrying out assessments (you will receive summary sheets to keep you updated), we will provide you with a pre-screened shortlist of the best and brightest for you to review.
Ongoing communication. We prioritise regular, honest and ongoing communication here at CMD Recruitment. You will kept in-the-loop every step of the way, with frequent calls from your dedicated creative recruitment specialist.
A job in design can be a lucrative and truly rewarding one, especially given the high demand for such candidates, as well as the existing skills gap. However, it’s not easy to climb to the top of this ladder. It requires a lot of passion and dedication to progress.
To begin with, you will need to research the particular field you want to explore and determine what skills are necessary (for example, proficiency with Adobe illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop) before developing them. After this, formal education is usually required, but internships exist for those wanting to work while they learn. Many designers begin through freelancing so they are able to develop their portfolio.
If you are looking for more information on how to thrive in this field, consider checking out our recruitment blog. You might also want to look at these common creative interview questions.
If you’re looking for your dream job in design, we can help you. We have been recruiting in this sector for decades, so we have the connections and experience that will get your foot in the door, or help you to advance up the ladder. Get a start today and register with us as a creative candidate.
Generally, employers will look for an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. For many, this might include graphic design, illustration, fine art or graphic communication.
The selection process for a design or creative role will vary greatly depending on the role in question. Most require a number of interviews and typically a task to demonstrate your creative and technical skills. It’s likely interviews will also be tailored to explore your softer skills, including empathy and perseverance. To ensure the process is as streamlined as possible, we maintain constant communication with our candidates and clients.
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Our creative recruitment specialists, covering both digital and physical design spaces, have helped many organisations find their ideal employees. We offer full-time permanent roles, part-time positions and interim roles. We have experience recruiting for a number of creative design positions, including the following;
If you are looking to fill another position within your organisation, we help businesses across recruitment sectors to find the right candidates. Get in touch today to see how we can work together.