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Denise Elder

Recruitment Co-ordinator

“I joined Cornerstone in October 2015 as a recruitment coordinator after being made redundant as a recruitment advisor for the Tesco customer engagement centre. My role was a completely new one at Cornerstone when I joined. This was really exciting as it gave me and my fellow recruitment coordinators scope to shape the job.  We’ve made lots of changes to streamline the recruitment process and make the candidate and colleague journey more friendly and effective.  I’ve built up great relationships with my colleagues throughout the organisation and have introduced a friendly, more effective recruitment process which is more inline with our values.

“In my previous job I was actively involved in both our charity and community teams as I love making a difference and giving something back.  When I was made redundant I was lucky enough to be able to take time to look for my ideal job. I didn’t know much about Cornerstone beforehand, therefore when I saw the advertised recruitment coordinator role, I did some research and discovered the amazing work that they do for people living with disabilities and additional support needs across Scotland. I thought this was a fantastic opportunity to do the job I love, as well as be part of an organisation that has the same values as my own.

“No two days are the same which is what I really love about working at Cornerstone.  In my role I cover the East of Scotland, North Lanarkshire and Ayrshire, so do travel occasionally to support and advise my colleagues.  I deal with the whole recruitment process from start to finish, so from creating the job adverts to hiring candidates at the end of their journey.  I’ll also get actively involved in the Princes Trust ‘Get into Social Care’ programme and attend careers fairs.  The thing that I enjoy most about my job is interacting with people, whether it’s with potential candidates or existing colleagues.  I love that the work that I do makes a difference in the lives of the individuals we support and their families.

“Since joining the team I was given the opportunity to be on the project team for Local Cornerstone, our new strategic plan.  I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the project and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. This opportunity gave me the chance to meet other colleagues throughout the business, as well as giving me the opportunity to develop my skills and expertise”.