Bridgette Johnstone

In the past 13 incredible years in recruitment, I’ve earned a reputation as a Senior Consultant with a commitment, first and foremost, to exceptional service, with a dose of good listening and a keen intuition for finding great matches for my clients and candidates. I’m genuinely invested in the people I work with and I’ll work all
hours of the day to get them the results they really deserve. Some say it’s my super-human work ethic that puts me in a league of my own!

I’m as considerate as I am passionate in my Account Management style. I’m really proud of my track record for delivering on my clients’ needs every single time – what can I say, I love what I do! Originally from Hawkes Bay, I completed my Bachelor of Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North, before going into a career in Social Work in Wellington. I ended up overseas in the UK for a stint, where I travelled and worked for ten years, ending up working for a large global Investment Bank within the Private Equity Marketing team. It was quite the adventure!

From Social Work to Investment Banking or Business Support roles, to traveling extensively throughout Europe, Central America, South East Asia and India – the
focus of my life has always been people-centric. Ending up in a recruitment role on my return to New Zealand was one of the easiest decisions I ever made – I found it
fresh and energizing and haven’t looked back since! I’m so grateful for the diverse experiences my career has brought me while recruiting for the temporary, permanent and contract arenas across Business Support and Middle Management.

I’ve recruited hundreds of candidates to positions ranging from PA, to Marketing Coordinator, to HR Manager and Senior Account Manager. My extensive experience,
coupled with my own employment background, enables me to deliver on every brief with precision, insight and understanding.

I’m driven by the deep satisfaction that comes from problem solving for my clients, working to tight deadlines, facing new challenges every day and helping my candidates to shape their future with the career choices that most excite them! I love getting stuck into understanding a company’s culture, or a candidate’s
wants and needs, and finding a great match for my clients and candidates alike.

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Jo Henderson

During my 16 years, I’ve built longstanding and loyal relationships, with my clients and candidates. I’ve loved getting to know the incredible talent we have in the Auckland market. I’m known for being a realist, and for always finding ways to deliver concrete and well thought out solutions.

Originally from the Bay of Plenty, I moved to Auckland in my last year of high school, went on to complete a bachelor of Education. After a stint spent in Europe working as a primary teacher and a ski guide, I returned to New Zealand, started working as a recruiter and haven’t looked back since!

I understand the importance of listening and I always keep everyone in the loop with clear and consistent communication. I’m in this business because I care about finding the right people for the right job. I take the time to get to know you and understand what it is you really need – as an individual and as a company. I have a skill for identifying what people need.

I believe in developing a strong community with clients and candidates. For me, it’s all about partnerships and building relationships that last. I’m a creative, out-of-the-box thinker and I get on well with my clients – who come from a diverse range of industry sectors. I utilise highly effective strategies to source and match candidates, which is why I’ve recruited successfully for 16 years.

I love what I do and I was lucky to find my niche early on in my career. I’m proud of my strong client base and of the wonderful results I’ve witnessed in my candidate’s careers. I’m honoured to be the consultant of choice for so many clients and candidates across business support and middle management for temporary, contract or permanent positions in any industry sector.

I love the variety of being able to work with hugely diverse people and businesses. It keeps life interesting, that’s for sure! I’m driven by our values of integrity, responsibility and transparency and I bring positive energy to everything I do – both in the office, and at home with the family. Being a recruiter is different every day and full of surprises!

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KAREN FORBES

Karen is not only our front facing Business Manager here at The Recruitment Studio, she also works magic behind the scenes and keeps things running smoothly day to day. With a background in business, logistics and sales, Karen is a people person and an incredible problem solver.

Known for going above and beyond with the help she provides, our clients and candidates love her. Always taking the very best care of those around her, Karen’s kind, caring and positive energy touches everyone that passes through the Recruitment Studio.

Karen keeps all of our candidates up-to-date, she’s forward thinking and always improving the way we do things here at TRS HQ. She takes ownership of a wide variety of projects, events and process improvements. First and foremost she loves meeting new clients and candidates, setting them off on their new adventures with efficiency and support.

Karen immediately gets a good grasp on the unique needs of each and everyone we work with. Her communication skills are top notch and she’s the kind of person who puts the people in her life above all else.

When she’s not busy working magic around here, you can usually find her trying something she’s never done before, learning a new skill or planning a new and exciting adventure.

She’s got creative flair, with a background in interior design, but we love her because she’s a great listener, her intuition is spot on and she knows how to make us laugh.

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