WIT founder starts recruitment firm

'Frustration' prompted Andersen to start her own firm

Women in Technology founder and SAP telecomms sector manager Carol Lee Andersen says she has started her own recruitment firm out of frustration with the current IT recruitment scene.

The firm, Vision Recruit, is owned by Anderson but run largely by several recruiters who have joined since Vision was founded three months ago, allowing Andersen to continue in her role at SAP.

Andersen, who recently changed her surname from Davidson, says her own experiences recruiting staff while working in the IT sector led her to start Vision Recruit.

"I saw inappropriate candidates being sent through, which is hard for the employer and not good for the candidate."

She says she surveyed 40 New Zealand organisations about their IT recruitment experiences and what they look for in terms of recruitment and based Vision Recruit's business model on the findings.

She says that while Vision Recruit has been structured so that it won't conflict with her other roles at SAP and Women In Technology.

"There are checks and balances," she says.

If a situation arises where Vision is asked by a client or potential client to perform a function that would bring Andersen into conflict with SAP or WIT, "we'd refer them to another recruiter," she says.

Before joining SAP in 2003, Andersen was technology manager at Oracle. She has also worked for Datacraft Informix, and Bell South, before it became Vodafone.

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