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Rosie Oades - Recruitment adviser

Rosie joined Surrey in February 2007 as a Recruitment Adviser for the Children's Taskforce team. One of her first big challenges was helping to reduce Surrey's vacancy rate for social workers which stood at 22%. Within her first year, this figure had been reduced by an impressive 12% and this remains a major achievement for Rosie, especially taking the hard-to-fill nature of the roles in to account.

Transformation

"It wasn't easy" she says. "We needed to change our own attitudes towards recruitment first but we achieved this by placing greater emphasis on working together towards one goal. We're on a journey at Surrey and it's great to see how far we've come in such a short space of time."

Stability

One of the main reasons Rosie enjoys her job is the stability it offers. She also likes the fact that Surrey understand she has commitments outside of work and offer her flexible working arrangements. Strong career development is also a big plus and she's attended a number of courses since arriving at Surrey.

Sponsorship

"I've been on presentation and assertiveness training sessions which have really helped me gain in confidence and build good relationships with managers and other members of staff. What's also great is that Surrey are sponsoring me for my CPP qualification which I hope to complete within a year."

Rosie remains a key member of the recruitment team and is excited about her future at Surrey. "There's still a lot to achieve," she says. "But we're well on our way to achieving something special."

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