Michelle Theuma features in Business MK magazine


the recruitment talent spotter

Helping employers to transform their culture

MEET Michelle Theuma, Director at growing Milton Keynes-based firm Onyx Recruitment. Those who know her best describe her as good fun, highly professional and fiercely loyal, for Michelle is a strong advocate of Milton Keynes, not only working here but having lived in the town for ten years.

She is passionate about bringing her young family up in a thriving town that offers a vibrant social scene as well as opportunity for businesses to grow and careers to be made. Michelle is very positive about the continuing growth of Milton Keynes and enjoys her role working with HR and line managers in an advisory capacity when they need to recruit. The needs of businesses are changing, she says, and in order to survive, let alone grow, businesses are having to transform their cultures as the traditional work environment evolves into the ‘Generation Y’ culture that companies need to move towards in order to attract the best young talent for their future.

Michelle really enjoys the opportunity to be a trusted advisor and to guide both clients and candidates through the changing employment landscape. She sees her role as one of a partnership with her clients, adding value to the selection process by really getting to know and understand each different client’s environment and culture and not merely sending a pile of CVs in response to an e-mailed job description.

Many of the clients and candidates that Michelle deals with today are the same people she helped when she first came into recruitment 18 years ago. Having worked for two of the largest national specialist recruitment firms, she joined Onyx Recruitment in 2003 and now relishes offering the bespoke and flexible service that a smaller recruitment agency can provide. Clients, candidates and colleagues say she is supportive and loyal, hence the high numbers of people still using her services after many years.

As well as making use of all the great facilities in Milton Keynes including the theatre, cinema, MK Gallery, restaurants and shops, Michelle is also keen to contribute to the community. In addition to helping local businesses grow through her work in recruitment, she also takes part in the schools programme run by Milton Keynes- based employability education charity Worktree which works to develop young people’s career awareness, aspirations and employability skills.

This involves visiting schools with other local businesspeople as part of Worktree’s Career Workout initiative and answering questions about what she does as a recruitment consultant.