Hi there! My name is Phillip Poynton and I am Recruit Directions. I'm not a recruitment agency but an independent, qualified and experienced recruiter on a mission to bring back consultancy to the recruitment industry. With a background in coaching and teaching, I started my recruitment career in January 2007. I have since introduced over 600 candidates into various roles ranging from entry level to senior management and head of departments.

My approach to recruiting is bespoke and tailored specifically to each assignment, thus introducing quality not quantity. I am a qualified recruitment practitioner (CertRP) and my company is a Corporate Member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). You can be assured that you are dealing with a professional who is serious about recruitment standards and who operates ethically.

I'm an enthusiastic networker and promoter of great businesses and talented professionals. Bringing both parties together is what I do, and I do it extremely well.

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Securing a new job can be both stressful and exciting – I prefer to ensure it's the latter. I'm not an agency nor am I a recruiter who treats you like a number – I treat you the same way I would like to be treated during any recruitment process.

Once engaged, you'll soon recognise that my approach is personable and caring. I take time to understand your circumstances, aspirations and expectations. I provide a full insight to the role and company that I'm representing, giving you a genuine overview of the company culture, environment and expectations. It's important that whatever role you're considering, it is one that meets your requirements, fulfils your aspirations, suits your circumstances and provides the right opportunity to develop and grow.

You'll have my full support during each stage of the recruitment process and I am always keen to offer advice. Whether you've been successful or not at an interview, I always provide genuine and constructive feedback.

“Phillip certainly goes well above and beyond the call of duty from a candidate perspective, and because of this, he has certainly set the bar high for everyone else. I'm more than happy to recommend him to professionals looking for engaging employment”
Joshua, Business Support Analyst

“Phill is a great recruiter who really understands what the candidate is looking for.”
Rishi, National Marketing Executive

“Having Phillip Poynton as your account manager is an exceptional benefit. Despite his seniority, he goes the extra mile not just for employers but also carefully considered potential employees.”
Ese, Communications Consultant

“Phillip, thank you very much for your assistance in finding a job vacancy for myself. Your assistance was great and I would recommend your services to anyone who is looking for a new job.”
Robert, Corporate Security Officer

“I have recently used Recruit Directions to secure my current position and would like to recommend this company as one of the friendliest and helpful agencies I have used to date. Throughout the process of interviews and waiting to hear back from the company, Phillip was extremely helpful and made the whole procedure run smoothly. I found Phillip honest, reliable and very easy to talk to.”
Isida, Accounts Payable Executive

“Phillip has been a pleasure to be in contact with. He has worked with me over the last month to help me secure the perfect job to match my interests and career aspirations. I would highly recommend Phillip and hope to keep in contact with him in the future.”
Adam, Market Planning Analyst

“Since the start, Phillip has been very supportive and helpful. He helped me in every way possible till the very end. His approach and services were very personalised and made the whole process easier, whether it was meeting face-to-face or over the phone. I am very happy with the job I have and is as Phillip promised.”
Anika, General Insurance Executive

“Phillip recruited me into a brilliant position and supported me from the start of the recruitment process right until the very end when I secured the role and has continuously checked on my progress. Phillip provided an outstanding service and went the extra mile to see me succeed through his positive attitude and absolute dedication. ”
Lauren, PA & Facilities


Hiring the right people is one of the most important factors to the growth and success of any company. It's important to outsource your recruitment to someone who is passionate about their profession and committed to working to the highest standards. Whether you're a large, global company or a small, local business, my approach to recruiting stays the same. The key to my success is: building strong relationships with both clients and candidates; understanding the job and person specifications; attracting and engaging the best talent; conducting thorough skill-based and behavioural assessments; and most importantly, referring carefully selected candidates who fulfil your expectations.

Having a thorough understanding of your industry, business and its development enables me to match the right people to your organisation for the longer term, not just to fill a position.

I build rapport with my candidates while maintaining professionalism and keeping in mind the needs of your business.

“You helped me in two crucial ways by putting forward outstanding candidates to interview for posts; and by supporting me with the actual interview and final selection process.”
Editor in Chief, Magazine Publishing

“Phillip has always provided me with excellent assistance. To ensure he provides me with all the requirements needed, he has gone over and above what has been expected.”
Team Leader, Public Sector

“Phil is very different to other recruiters I have worked with in the past and takes the time to build relationships and an understanding of a business before he recruits”
Recruitment Advisor, Food Retail & Hospitality

“I would recommend that any business, large or small, that seeks a fresh and personal approach to resourcing to work with Phil. You have to experience the difference to believe it!”
National Recruitment Manager, Food Retail & Hospitality

“Phillip takes great care in screening applicants and only selects for interview those that meet the requirements. This is a refreshing approach compared to other recruitment firms who simply tend to send through a parade of unscreened CVs.”
Managing Director, Print & Marketing Services

“'Phillip is a very professional and knowledgeable person. His service was always on time with excellent candidates.”
Resourcing Assistant, Hospitality

“'Working with Phillip has been a pleasure, a true professional at all times with a great understanding of the requirements of our business. Phillip delivers great results every time, without fail.”
Customer Experience Manager, Retail

“'Phillip is a fantastic recruiter with great passion for ensuring his clients are matched with top quality applicants. He is conscientious, supportive, patient and persevering - everything that you need in a recruitment consultant.”
HR Business Partner, Ecommerce

“Phillip takes time to understand the company ethos and matches the right candidate for the job. Phillip helps the candidates feel at ease when they attend interviews with his friendly and professional approach.”
HR Manager, Facility Management & Security

“I strongly recommend Recruit Directions. I have used many other well-known agencies in the past but Phillip's service has been superb. He has a strong understanding of our industry and requirements which he incorporates into his screening process.”
Finance Director, Employment & Training


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