A Day in the Life

It’s a common misconception that recruitment agencies “simply send out CVs." There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Aardvark Swift! It goes without saying that the most talented candidates are in short supply, and we work tirelessly to make sure we know who they are and how to reach them. So; what makes us so different?


It's what you know AND who you know

As well as working hard to find incredible candidates ourselves, many candidates will also come directly to us. As an industry recognised and award winning recruiter, word of mouth goes a long way and we're very humbled that that's the case! 


Continued guidance and support

We don't just find a candidate and send them on their way to an interview. We're here to provide careers guidance and advice throughout the entire process. Whether that's CV building feedback, interview coaching or coordinating relocation and travel. We want our candidates to be as comfortable as our clients.


In-house marketing team

Unlike other agencies, we have a professional marketing team who work alongside our recruitment consultants. This enables us to create tailor-made premium marketing campaigns that target the right audience. The game development audience we've garnered as a result means that your vacancies get in front of the right people. 


Future-proofing the talent pipeline

Alongside our recruitment activities, we also run the graduate initiative Grads In Games. From our industry written game development series, Search For A Star, to our university tour Get In The Game, we're actively engaging in and honing the next generation. Through our knowledge of what studios are looking for, we are boosting employability and ensuring students are industry ready when they leave academia. 

Aardvark Career Case Studies

Talent & Training Manager

Kelly Jones is an integral part of the Aardvark Swift family. When it comes to the growth of our team and the personal development of skills, she's the go to person!

How would you describe the work you do?

My role here is varied which is great for keeping me on my toes; no days are ever the same and I’m involved in a range of activities from internal recruitment through to learning and development. Some days I’ll be using my network to find new people to work alongside our team of fantastic recruiters, and other days see me in the classroom teaching our junior members of the team! This could be anything from candidate generation through to managing key accounts. I’m part of the management team here at AS so I get involved with problem solving across the business, and I make sure the internal processes here align with the growth plans for the business. I love the variety of my role! Luckily; I like being busy! 

What's your Aardvark Swift career journey so far?

I started working with Aardvark as a Senior Recruiter in 2007 and managed the toys and licensing desk. After seven years living abroad in places like Abu Dhabi and Malaysia, I made the move home to the UK in 2018. Ian asked me to come back in a training and performance capacity and it was a chance I jumped at. My role since then has changed from managing the commercial desk and business development to looking after internal recruitment, training and L&D strategy. I work part time, which has been great for the past year since I started my CIPD Level 5 L&D. AS are a great business to work for, offering me flexible working and the opportunity to progress my career! I couldn't ask for more.

What brought you to Aardvark?

The industry was a big draw the first time I joined the business. I was working in manufacturing recruitment which was fast paced but not nearly as thrilling as video games, toys and licensing. The prospect of getting involved in toy industry events and working with big names, such as LEGO and Hasbro, was really exciting. Even now, 12 years on, the desk continues to grow from strength to strength. Coming back the second time? The flexibility and part time hours. The management team are really supportive and have created a role which suits my skillset. I now get the opportunity to train, support and mentor people in good recruitment practise which is something I thrive on! 

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Max Stuart has been a home-grown success story. From an entry-level position to a senior member of our recruitment team, he's now actively involved in client management. We even let him out of the office every once in a while.

How would you describe the work you do?

In a word? Incredibly varied. Wait; that's two words. As a Senior Recruiter I am now more client focused than I have been in the past. This sees me travelling alot as I attend various game dev conferences and visit our partner studios up and down the country. In the last three months I’ve been as as far north as Edinburgh and as far south as London. My role will of course always focus on helping studios find talented devs and this will always be my favourite part of the job. Getting the right person in the right role and seeing them flourish is what it's about. 

What's your Aardvark Swift career journey so far?

I've been at the company for three years now and I originally started in the entry-level resourcer positon. I helped the recruitment consultants source candidates and client opportunities. I then progressed onto the art desk and the production side of talent acquisition. I am now responsible for all production, project manager and UI/UX developer roles within video games. From assistant producers all the way up to studio heads. Its been kind of a crazy trajectory but its been an experience.

What brought you to Aardvark?

I’ve always been a big fan of video games and I probably spent an unhealthy amount of time playing League Of Legends in the past. Whilst at university my dream job was to work within a studio on the marketing side. As I progressed through my studios, I actuallyn shifted and felt that I would probably prefer a more sales orientated role. I stumbled across Aardvark Swift online and was immediately sold. It married up my hobby with my intended industry; it really was a no brainer. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and the ability to grow and puruse personal progression has been actively encouraged. 

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