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John Keesing - Founder of Parris Mills Recruitment


Great Companies: Please tell me something about the business and how did you come up with such an idea?

John Keesing: Three things drove me to create my own recruitment business: Small to medium sized businesses – they are the true backbone to the New Zealand economy and I enjoy engaging with business owners to help them get the best outcome from a recruitment exercise Pricing – I do not have a downtown office so I do not believe in downtown pricing and I can provide several options Passion and experience – after 20 years’ experience in recruitment my passion for what I do has never been stronger, it’s fun.

Great Companies: What are the various services and products provided by your company?

John Keesing: I am a specialist in the recruitment of both permanent staff and professional contracting talent (temps) in the areas of:

· Finance & Accounting.

· Project Management.

· Sales & Marketing.

· General Management.

· Human Resources.

· Logistics.

I am particularly effective in the range of positions from Team Leader to General Manager and enjoy ‘C-Suite’ positions – from Clerk to CEO, I love working in the SME market MENTORING For clients: This is a service where I provide basic career advice and direction, including CV presentation It is ideal for those clients who wish to refer any departing staff member; someone who has decided to resign, or has been made redundant but not entitled to, or been given, a formal outplacement programme For candidates:

· Finance and Accounting.

· CV content and presentation.

· How to look for a job.

· How to deal with recruitment consultants.

· How to present yourself at interview.

· General career advice and direction.

· Any questions at all. I am the perfect sounding board – I listen before I offer feedback

Great Companies: Why should one choose you over others in this field?

John Keesing: After 20 years working as a recruitment consultant it would be fair to say that I have become an established identity in the recruitment industry. My focus is on providing relationship-based solutions to the recruitment process and to ensure lasting outcomes for both candidates and clients. Isn’t that what every other recruitment consultant does? Not really. My points of difference are: Acknowledgment – I acknowledge every application; whether it be from within, or outside New Zealand. If the candidate has taken the time to apply I can take the time to respond Engagement – I believe it is my role to facilitate the recruitment process and keep my clients fully engaged with where I am up to in the process. I learn what outcomes clients are looking for from new employees and I work with them in ensuring we recruit the skills and experience, and, the attitude and personality for the role Experience – this comes from not only 20 years in the industry but also from having had a successful professional career within New Zealand and overseas; including leadership roles in Government, Retail, Office Products, Financial Services, and international Insurance and Reinsurance Professional – I was one of the first business degree qualified (Bachelor of Commerce) recruitment consultants in New Zealand; giving me a thorough grounding in how businesses are structured, the processes they employ to be successful and the understanding of what outcomes they are looking for from new employees Truth – in everything I do; and this is my primary personal value.

Great Companies: What are the struggles and challenges you face?

John Keesing: Creating a relevant and new face for businesses and candidates in a post-Covid recruitment world.

Great Companies: What do you think are the few main things which are most important for a successful business?

John Keesing: Having a vision, planning to implement the vision, having courage.


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