About Link Recruitment

Launched and led by an expert team of three compassionate professionals, Link Recruitment has delivered temporary and permanent recruitment solutions across North Cumbria and South West Scotland for more than 18 years.

We are an independent recruitment agency and one of the longest serving employment businesses in Carlisle. With more than 60 years combined experience in recruiting for North Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway, we have grown to understand the local market to offer the best possible advice and support for the region. Having secured placements for over 6500 candidates, our industry knowledge comes with decades of experience, enabling us to provide professional yet personable recruitment services for both temporary and permanent vacancies.

Over the years, we have met a multitude of people and businesses across the region; growing our network and consequently developing many strong, long-standing relationships. By nurturing these relationships, clients have become friends, candidates have become clients, and clients have even become candidates! We have sown seeds within our community to open minds and open doors; encouraging career changes and improving employment rates for the area.

We understand the challenges and fast-pace of recruitment, which is why we aim to effectively and efficiently match the right candidate with the right employer at the right time. We also understand that no two vacancies are the same… As every placement matters, we will always dedicate our experience to finding the perfect fit.

We pride ourselves in our people-focussed approach. As a small but strong team of three, we like to get to know our clients and candidates on a personal level to tailor our approach and build strong, long-lasting connections. This way, we can guarantee that you will always receive a personal service from someone who genuinely knows about you and your requirements.

We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity for employment, so we make sure that everyone is taken into consideration and given the chance for recruitment. You can be assured that we’ll always act responsibly, fairly and judge each candidate on their merits alone. We strive to ensure that no one is ever overlooked or discriminated, and every single candidate has an equal opportunity for employment.

As mothers, we can guarantee hard work, patience and understanding in everything that we do; always going the extra mile to care for our clients and candidates. We are dedicated and determined to find the best fit for you because we always have your best interests at heart, so you can find peace of mind knowing that you’re in safe, capable hands.

Meet Our Team

Jeanett Alberti | Partner

If you are looking for staff Jeanett is likely to be the first person you meet. Jeanett is involved in all aspects of the business, however tends to handle most of the sales and marketing for Link Recruitment.

Originally from Denmark Jeanett moved to Carlisle in 1989 and started her recruitment career in 1991 with a large national recruiter. Based in Carlisle, she worked her way up to branch manager with satellite branches in Glasgow and Newcastle, mainly dealing with temporary industrial staff for the Public and Private sector. Possibly the most memorable work day of her career was spent having contractions during a Recruitment Campaign in Kendal Job Centre. Thankfully she made it back to Carlisle for the birth of her daughter later that evening.

Joanna Alberti | Partner

Joanna’s experience running on site contracts means she has a strong focus on customer service and she’ll resolve any queries you have. She carries out pre-supply site visits so that she can relate to the business and paint a realistic picture for the candidates. She also handles our permanent vacancies.

Joanna started her recruitment career in 1996 with the same company as Jeanett. Her first assignment was as an on-site consultant in a shellfish processing plant managing a contract of more than 50 temporary staff, she then moved to a larger contract commuting daily to a pickle factory in the North East, before joining Jeanett in Carlisle where they dealt with a multitude of temporary vacancies. She also ran Permanent Recruitment campaigns for various clients and made several successful placements.

Karen McDonald | Partner

With many years experience managing people, Karen’s areas of expertise lie in staff recruitment, communication and motivation. She deals with the sourcing and interviewing of our staff. Karen is also in charge of the company finances and office procedures.

Karen previously worked for an international manufacturing company. Her employment commenced in 1995 and she worked her way up the ranks from figurine painter to Production Manager working and managing sites in Langholm, Carlisle and Penrith. After 15 years she joined Jeanett and Joanna, then a year later Link Recruitment was born.

Karen has a passion for nurturing the next generation. She regularly mentors impending  school leavers and jobseekers, providing careers advice and interviewing skills. She also volunteers as a Business Advisor with Young Enterprise.

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Our Story

Our Story

It all started in October 2001, we had all previously worked for a large national recruiter. Having worked under the constraints of a large business we felt we knew our area and customers well enough to be able to provide them with a service that we could be proud of. We wanted to make our own decisions and provide a unique and flexible service.

Although the decision seemed daunting we decided to take the leap. While Jeanett and Joanna were researching, Karen spent the next few weeks designing documents and paperwork with her baby boy curled up under her desk. Many evenings were spent trying to find a suitable name for our new company and eventually Link Recruitment was born.

By the end of November we had found our humble offices in a basement on Aglionby Street and moved in on 10th December 2001. It was a good location and newly renovated, however, due to a limited budget we had to utilise the free skills of local labour (our long-suffering husbands!) to undertake floor laying etc.

Our first office employee was enlisted in the shape of Nesca (Joanna’s Weimaraner) who was quickly promoted to’ chief stamp licker’. Basic Alcatel mobile phones (remember them?) were purchased and numerous trips to Ikea were undertaken. Our first booking arrived a week later along with an advanced payroll system.  We had not envisaged being busy so quickly and nearly lost our sanity trying to cope with a manual system!

Contracts began flying in and due to the business expanding Bev joined the company in 2003 to help us manage an on-site contract of 120 staff. Many interesting bookings followed, the most memorable include a Ferryman in the Lake District and promotional staff to support bands such as ‘Cage the Elephant’.

Rapidly running out of space we progressed to larger available office space upstairs. New employee Lola (Joanna’s Weimaraner) joined us as ‘additional stamp licker’. More busy years followed which saw Joanna and Bev getting married, Bev moved onto pastures new and Joanna became a mum. Although life was hectic we all still managed to juggle business life with family life. Jeanett and Joanna acquired horses and Karen spent many hours ferrying sports mad children to activities or being dragged up Lakeland fells by her family (and usually suffering for it on a Monday morning!)

2005 and 2015 saw Carlisle and much of Cumbria devastated by floods which our offices were lucky enough to escape from. With lack of electricity we spent a few days without power trying to support staff and Clients who had been affected.

2016 arrived and we made the decision to move to much needed larger and smarter offices on Brunswick Street along with new trainee stamp licker Skye (Karen’s Australian Labradoodle).

Link Recruitment office in Carlisle