This week we’re excited to have Matt Smith join us as a Senior Consultant. Fresh from the UK, he joins us with 3+ years in recruitment, bringing a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our growing team.

We sat down with him to go over his background and reasons for joining the Discovered team!


  • Matt, where were you before Discovered? 

I was living in London working for The Frank Recruitment Group as a technical recruiter in their AWS focussed brand – Jefferson Frank.

  • Why did you want to join the Discovered team?

After interviewing with a number of different recruitment agencies, I was especially keen to join Discovered based on the growth opportunities. The culture that they foster is exactly what I was looking for in the next step in my career.

  • What are you most excited about so far?

After learning about the recruitment industry in a foreign country, I am now keen to utilise these skills and knowledge in my home town!

  • What’s your favourite part of being a recruiter?

My favourite part of being a recruiter is the opportunity that it brings to help people find the next step in their career and help open otherwise closed doors. It’s also great being able to work anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a phone!


To get in touch with Matt or the Discovered Team, reach us here.


These days it’s pretty fair to say that everybody at some point in their lives has taken a personality test, either just for personal knowledge or when employed with a new company.  

In a workplace environment, it’s common for many companies to look at these different personality types within a team to help support and embrace how they all work, learn and communicate together. While this is still useful in a team setting, when recruiting it’s important to look far beyond just personality types and to create teams built with broader diversity.

Compared to teams that are made from similar types of people, teams that are built from a varying mix of genders, races, ages and nationalities are often higher achieving. This is for two main reasons. We’ve highlighted just why it’s proven that your team and wider company will benefit from diversifying your staff when hiring below. 


Try and name a company that doesn’t want to be more innovative. We’re not sure that one exists. It can be really easy to hire people that you think will instantly match your existing team or wider company. Whether it’s a friend of a friend, a relative, or Karen from Finance’s niece. While hiring these types of people you already know can and often do work out, by not hiring outside of this group you miss the opportunity to enrich your employees with the opportunity to work directly with people who will think differently, work differently and challenge them intellectually. In fact, hiring people that are all very similar is proven to actually discourage innovative thinking. 

As discussed and shown in research by Rock & Grant in the Harvard Business Review, making sure your talent pool includes a wide mix of different genders, nationalities, ages and races plays directly into your companies joint intellectual potential and the overall ability they have to achieve as a team. 

Teams rich with diversity are far more likely to be critical and double check the work of their peers. This keeps everybody accountable for their own actions and ultimately makes sure they each produce their best work. By hiring diverse people you’ll be helping your team to work with those from a background they may not have worked with before. Additionally giving them the opportunity to become more aware of their own potential biases while looking at how they work in a team, finding opportunities for them to grow individually. 


Creativity is one of the most valued and sought after skills in many employees. Several companies will go out of their way to create an environment where teams can think openly and creatively in order to do their everyday jobs better.

When you bring together a group of people from varied backgrounds and experiences, everyone will have their own unique way of thinking about your company’s products or services. By sharing past knowledge and working with a diverse group of people, it’s been proven again and again that it improves creativity amongst teams.

Rampton from Entrepreneur Magazine found this when speaking to Duke Energy Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Joni Davis, with her clearly stating ‘The main reasons you’ll gain productivity and a boost in creativity is that you’re bringing together individuals from different walks of life.’ 


All in all, by looking outside your existing talent pool and diversifying your hiring process, you’ll do nothing but benefit your employees, help them work better, expand their knowledge and produce more innovative, creative work. 

Looking to diversify your team and hire your next employee? Get in touch with the Discovered People team here for a chat to find out more. 


Written by Ebony McCabe for Discovered People


We recently conducted a survey consisting of those currently working in startups to get their takes on the current state of recruitment in 2020.

With COVID-19, market and industry challenges it’s been a rough year for both startups and recruiters. See the key takeaways and insights we found below.

Be sure to follow our blog for more information like this and other helpful tips for both candidates and employers.


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Those in the startup world know all about the elephant in the room when it comes to talking about mental health and wellbeing. It is not something that is openly spoken about – and it should be.

To encourage speaking openly about mental health, especially within startups, our partner Tank Stream Labs put a special panel together which included veterans in startup land and near specialists to discuss their own personal experiences as well as:

  • #startuplife mentality: why this is detrimental to your success
  • Cultivating an excellence team culture, without fatigue and burn out
  • The power of vulnerability
  • How to overcome obstacles when things get tough

The panel included Shelley Laslett, CEO & Co-Founder, Vitae, Bradley Delamere, CEO, Tank Stream Labs and our own Ryan Halson, Co-Founder & Director, Discovered People.

Watch the full series discussion below

This week we’re excited to have Matt Cook join us as our new Practice Lead. With 5 years recruitment experience across both Australia and Europe, he’s bringing a wealth of knowledge to our growing team.

We sat down with him to go over his background and reasons for joining the Discovered team!


  • Matt, where were you before Discovered? 


  • Why did you want to join the Discovered team?

I was very interested in joining a business at such an early stage, where my input and ideas will be listened to, and everyone has a say in how we can all make Discovered People as good as it can possibly be.

  • What are you most excited about so far?

The business is very heavily focused on high quality work, to match the high quality service we aim to provide. This goes hand in hand with the sort of approach I love to take.

Of course, as a recruitment business, our main aim is to find great talent for our clients, but if I look at the clients I’m most grateful to work with, the relationship is a true business partnership, a real two way street, where we both add value to each other’s businesses on so many more levels than just the recruitment front.

At Discovered, our aim is to have this level of partnership with all of our clients.

  • What’s your favourite part of being a recruiter?

For the most part, it’s mainly about working with companies that are building and providing really exciting products and services.

Particularly in technology, and even more so in the tech start up space, almost every company I get to work with is developing something the world hasn’t really seen before, on the cutting edge of technology.

When you’re speaking to these businesses, as well as the people that run and work for them on a daily basis, its very hard to have a dull day in my world!


To get in touch with Matt or the Discovered Team, reach us here.


We’re excited to officially announce our partnership with Tank Stream Labs.

Watch below as our Co-Founders Ryan Halson and Sam Yates sat down with Tank Stream Labs CEO Bradley Delamare to talk about how and why we’ll be partnering together.

We’ll be doing a lot with our new partner. be sure to stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks.