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Changing the image of tech recruitment, one hire at a time.

We’re the drivers of change , who stick two fingers up to the traditional quick-win model. Inspiring others to imitate and creating a domino effect.

Who are Odd Shoes?

We’re changing the image of tech recruitment.

We know you’re angry with how most recruiters treat you.

Through being open and honest in our approach, we got to learn how you feel. Not that this was much of a surprise.

Moving jobs is a stressful but critical decision. One which impacts your career direction and your overall happiness. It also takes its toll on the people who love you.

With that in mind, we treat your career as seriously as we would our own.

That means giving you the respect you deserve like we’d hope for in the same situation.

It’s just basic human decency.

Our Values

Odd Shoes DNA

We don’t do platitudes. These values come directly from the people who’ve experienced our service.
  • Matching

    We take the time to understand all perspectives fully so that we can make the perfect match.

  • Insightful

    Our in-depth knowledge ensures you get personalised insights so that you can make informed decisions.

  • Efficiency

    We use intelligent tools and technologies to give you a sharper service, faster results and free you up from tedious processes.

  • Quality Focused

    We’ll invest the time and money to improve your experience, even by 1%. Marginal gains matter.

  • Dependable

    We’re never “off the radar”, which means you’re always in the loop. No matter how difficult the conversation might be.

  • Dedication

    Working with us means we’ll be in your corner, going above and beyond on your behalf, always to get you the best possible result.

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Simon is a new breed of recruiter, one that he invented himself.

He's that guy that understands how to recruit properly, he is the guy who will build a relationship with you and keep you in mind every time he has a role that suits and will generally be in your corner every step of the way.

The way he prepares candidates for an interview, the information packs he puts together, the work he does with clients to make sure they don't have a complicated process, all that comes together into a genuinely pleasant experience.

I could not recommend him more!

Andrei Senior Software Engineer

Having not been job hunting for 6 years, I decided the time was right for a new opportunity. After some searching, I found an advert by Simon at Odd Shoes.

I contacted Simon, asking him for more details. He had an additional role that he put me forward for, after asking me!

I got interviews and received offers for both. Personally, I was faced with a very tough decision, because both opportunities were really good.

If you like someone who cares, listens. actually reads your CV, has no hidden agenda and is professional, Simon is for you.

Gavin Senior Software Engineer

Simon is an enthusiastic and passionate recruiter who I highly recommend.

His communication skills are fantastic - he kept me informed throughout the whole process and always ensured I had everything I needed.

He is very personable and easy to work with. It's clear he really goes that extra yard for his clients (both employers and candidates) which makes him stand out from other recruiters.

Tom Lead Software Test Engineer

Simon is a breath of fresh air.

We now use him exclusively after he successfully placed six consecutive, superb candidates with us.

Simon doesn’t run a CV brokerage, but a bona fide consultancy that feels like an in-house department.

He’s straight-talking, and gets the job done effectively and, importantly, isn’t afraid to draw on his experience to push back when needed. He’s changed our perception of recruitment for the better and improved our processes and because of him, we’re hiring fantastic people, fast.

James Managing Director

Working with Simon was great.

He is definitely standing out from the average recruitment experience you would normally have.

He works really hard and goes the extra mile to make sure the cooperation is just fun and friendly.

It was very refreshing to see how he cares about people he works with and dedicates his time to build a meaningful relationship with all parties involved in the process.

Highly recommend getting in touch with him if you need to fulfil a new role or are looking for a new position.

Jakub Software Team Lead

Simon is dedicated and genuinely passionate about changing the way recruitment works. I have never come across any recruiter who is this thorough about the company, what they really do and their roles.

Definitely not your run of the mill recruiter. He really does listen to you and what you are looking for in a role and then mapping you to the right one. Simon surely is carving out a niche in this recruitment market space and is a breath of fresh air.

Next time I'm back on the market, Simon would definitely be my first port of call.

Abhi Test Automation Engineer

A lot of the time with recruiters, you feel like you're being put somewhere because your hard skills fit, even if the culture doesn't. Simon really cares about making sure you get a culture fit too.

He gets to know you in a way most other recruiters don't and makes sure you don't only get the job, but you want the job. Simon's supportive throughout the whole process, with frequent calls and emails to prepare you for applications and interviews. He also has a great working relationship with the companies he places you in. Overall, a fantastic recruiter.

Sam Junior Software Engineer

Working with Simon has been a pleasure, he’s very personable and genuinely wanted the best for me.

I’ve dealt with many recruiters in the past who come across as not really interested in what you want in a role. Simon is not this.

His rate of communication is perfect, he’s always chasing and answering questions on my behalf. I’d like to think we formed a great relationship over the month that I have been working with Simon.

I would and have recommended his services to everyone in the market for a new role.

Ed Senior Software Engineer

Simon is a dedicated and talented software recruiter, he is passionate about helping people and always delivers what is best for his clients.

Simon has a no-fuss, no-nonsense approach and is an exceptional communicator, he understands the viewpoints of others and always ensures that the result of his work is what's best for his clients

Michael Senior Software Engineer

I couldn't be happier and more grateful to have been Simon's client.

That's because recruiting isn't just his job, he enjoys helping people and you notice it in every call.

He really understands the business, what we want in a job and why you fit.

The companies he works with are great, so you'll be applying for a good job. He also helps you all the information you need to know for the interviews, highly useful if you come from outside the UK and/or you are used to other kinds of interviews. 100% recommendable.

Roberto Software Engineer

My experience with working with Simon has been a relief! A relief from the usual nonsense that ordinary recruiters ooze.

I don't think I've ever openly endorsed a recruiter on LinkedIn but Simon is different.

Simon is exceptional, highly targetted, hardworking and exhibiting (uncommon) common sense.

As a hiring manager and as a candidate I can recommend Simon without reservation.

Rob Head of Software Development

I found Simon to be extremely personable, diligent, hardworking and honest when recruiting for our company, but also, we valued how he treated our potential candidates throughout the recruitment process.

He didn't just stop at providing us candidates, he also made every effort to improve our whole recruitment process in which he has had a very positive effect.

I cannot recommend Simon enough, as he provided superior candidates time and again to which other recruiters could not match.

Bleddyn Chief Technology Officer

In an industry tainted by cold callers, ruthless salespeople, and unprofessional conduct, Simon stands in stark contrast to his peers.

From my dealings with Simon, it was clear that he was someone who genuinely cared about finding the right candidate for the job, from both the perspective of his client and the candidate, equally.

He appreciates that his actions will have an impact on the candidate's life and the client's performance & profitability.

Simon is one of the most ethical recruiters that I have had the pleasure to work with.

Tom Software Engineer

I've been closely working with Simon Monaghan for a while, and I am pleased to say that Simon has been one of the top recruiters for us in the South West region.

Simon’s professional manner, approach and prompt response in finding exceptional candidates from senior-level right down to graduate level is exceptional and meets our business requirements

Jo HR Manager

Simon successfully filled a notoriously challenging position with us this morning and I felt compelled to write him a glowing review.

He puts in relentless effort to find the right candidates and is a tenacious recruiter with excellent interpersonal skills.

He truly goes the extra mile in ensuring that both client and candidate receive the service they are looking for which can be a fine balance in recruitment.

He's impressed me more than once and I would highly recommend him.

Aisha Head of Talent

I've worked with Simon as both candidate and client over the last couple of years, so I think I've seen both sides of the coin.

As a candidate, Simon makes the time to get to know you; not just your recent experience and skillsets, but also as an individual.

He won't pressure you for your life story, but from what he garners, I've found Simon does an excellent job of matching not only your technical competence to a role but also your personality to the company's culture.

Tommy Senior Software Developer

From other recruitment agencies, I might get between 5-25 CV's per week for a role, have to go through each CV, research them as best I can, make a decision whether to interview, do the interview, and all too often not progress from there.

It's such a time sink!

With Simon, if he sends me two CVs, I barely have to scan the CV; I know I'll want to interview them, and I'll end up hiring one if not both.

Given Simon doesn't write code himself, he does an astounding job at matching clients and candidates and I can't recommend Simon and his approach to recruitment enough.

If you haven't seen it yourself yet, just give him a try and you won't be disappointed.

Tommy Development Manager

Simon is a completely different kind of recruiter.

He takes time to get to know you, what you like and what you're looking for, rather than just asking for your CV and submitting it en masse to any company who lists a matching skill.

He also takes time to contact you personally, rather than relying on LinkedIn bots that send emails at 3 am saying they "came across your profile".

I had no need to leave my current role, but I wanted to do something that helped people, rather than just making the rich even richer.

Talking with him, he identified a role that I might find interesting and with a company who created software to help care home staff. He set up the interview and now I have a new job :-)

John Senior Software Engineer

I had a really great experience applying for a role through Simon.

He provided plenty of detailed, professionally presented information at every step of the process, and kept me updated multiple times in the time it took other recruiters to get back to me once (if at all!).

He clearly gets a good feel for what his clients are looking for, and he really made it feel like I was dealing with another person rather than just being fed through a process.

He's not kidding when he says he does things differently!

Robin Software Developer

Take every little preconceived idea that you have about a recruiter and throw them away when deciding to speak to Simon or not.

From the pestering amount of phone calls and LinkedIn messages to the lack of care about you as a person; Simon is the complete opposite.

His honesty and attention to detail right from the very beginning was both refreshing and needed, to help me find my next role.

I wouldn't think twice about recommending Simon to anyone looking for a new role.

Nathan Frontend Developer
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