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Specialist recruitment across Yorkshire.
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Optimum Recruitment Group specialises in the recruitment of experienced and executive professionals across a range of roles in the Yorkshire region. We pride ourselves on enabling you to attract, engage and retain the very best local talent.

From Accountancy and Finance through to HR – entry level roles to the most senior – we have the expertise to entirely remove the hassle from recruitment. Every time.

Looking to hire?

Access the best local talent and fill vacancies with ease. Relax in the knowledge that every step of the process is handled on your behalf.

Looking for a new role?

Find a role perfect for your skills, with a local company that truly values them.

From our clients

Our clients tell our success stories better than we ever could. Here’s what candidates and clients who have used our services have to say:

"I agreed to have an initial meeting with Abigail as I had been impressed with an organisation she had previously worked for. What came across was an obvious passion to deliver excellent customer service by agreeing a way of working which would always suit the clients needs. Abigail told me she particularly enjoys meeting candidates and to me that is critical so that a recruiter can propose the right candidates for each role - many recruitment organisations propose candidates that they have never met face to face. Abigail also explained that Optimum's business model was to work with a limited number of candidates at any one time in order to ensure they can deliver a first class service for their clients. Having since worked with Abigail I have been very pleased to say she has worked in a very proactive and responsive way to deliver a service as she had outlined when we first met."

Finance Director

"I have known Abi for over 15 years from both a client and a candidate perspective. My initial contact was as a client; her understanding of my business and requirements coupled with the extremely closely matched candidate list that she supplied was such that I was keen to re-connect with Abi when I wished to use her services from a candidate perspective. I have done business with Abi multiple times since then and on each occasion,  she has maintained that high professional, yet personal, approach. She is focussed and driven to meet my requirements but not afraid to challenge when necessary – an approach that is refreshing. I am certain that we will continue to do business together for many years to come."

Finance Director

"When I was job-hunting I was registered with a number of agencies but only Abi at Optimum actually engaged with me as a person.  She was excellent at quickly understanding my capabilities and personality and put me forward for roles to which I was well matched.  This meant that I did not have endless interviews and time off work for jobs that I would not have been interested in.  I quickly secured a new role that  am very happy in.  Throughout the process, Abi was attentive and supportive without making me worry about the process, for example her advice on preparing for interview was reassuring and realistic rather than a formulaic list of 'to dos' that other agencies can send you.  Abi is a caring recruiter - she texted me to wish me good luck, called me quickly to feedback and sent me a congratulations card when I was offered the job.

I would not hesitate to recommend Abi & Optimum to anyone looking for a finance role in Yorkshire."

Financial Accountant

"Abi has assisted us a few times now to recruit into finance roles at different levels. Abi's great at quickly grasping our requirements and cultural fit to find some excellent shortlisted candidates. She's proactive, but not pushy and I found the whole process efficient and well thought though. She clearly knows her candidates too and was able to add a bit more colour to the CV's, so that we could understand the individual. I can definitely recommend Abi, she's one of the good ones!"

Finance Director

The Optimum blog

“Why am I not getting shortlisted?”

A few pointers that could help! One of the most frustrating parts of searching for a new job is when you send out application after application and receive no response. It can be a little demotivating when you’re applying for jobs you think you are more than suitable...

Your body talks! Top tips on interview body language

Your body talks!   When preparing for an interview it’s just as important to think about your body language as it is about the answers you might give. Your body language is your first impression to your potential future employer, and though no-one should judge on...

“Do you have any questions?”

9 interview questions you should ask! Often when we go for an interview we spend so long thinking about the answers we’ll give to interview questions that we forget to consider what questions we might want to ask. “Do you have any questions?” can be a tough one to...

“How many interview styles?..”

The Different Types of Job Interview There are a number of different types of interview that you could encounter on your job hunt,  that hiring managers use for a range of different reasons. We’ve looked at some of the most popular ones and added a few tips on how to...

Making the Most of Networking Events!

Meet the Right People, Make the Right Impression As the new year really gets going you might find your inbox full with networking event invitations! Whether it’s a small focussed gathering, a major industry event or a trade show, it’s a chance to build relationships...

Getting the most from your Recruitment Agency

Often when you’re choosing a recruitment agency it’s because you don’t have the time or resources to commit to the recruitment process, or it could be because you’re struggling to find the right talent and you’re hoping your recruitment partner might be able to!...

“What are your salary expectations?”

Answer the awkward question and get what you want “What are your salary expectations?” is probably one of the most difficult questions to answer, whether you’re interviewing at a new company or going for a promotion where you currently work. It’s always awkward to...

A Guide to Telephone Interviews

Increasingly we’re seeing employers opt for a telephone interview as a first point of contact with candidates, particularly if there is a lot of interest in the role and they want to make an initial sift of applicants before sending out invitations for interviews. It...

What’s the point of a Covering Letter?

A Guide to Why It’s Important and What to Write When you’re applying for a new job, more often than not, you’re asked to submit a covering letter as well as your CV, and some businesses will not even look at CVs that arrive without a covering letter. However it can be...

Tell me about a time when

Tips for Answering Competency Based Interview Questions We’re increasingly seeing employers using competency based interview questions rather than the standard interview questions that you might expect. Competency based interviews are sometimes referred to as...

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