Creating teams. Shaping futures.

Mike Harley

- Principal Recruiter
Developers & Technology
Phone: 0117 926 9530

Mike offers several years IT recruitment experience, impeccable ethics and a proven background in delivering talented techies from junior/graduate to director level to digital agencies, software houses, SMEs and start ups across the south west and beyond. All of which make him the perfect person for driving the continued success and growth of ADLIB's digital technology team.


Mike shares what it’s like to work at ADLIB.

The best thing that happened to me this week:

Some candidates I'd placed more than 3 years ago came back to me for help again.  Also I went to SPARK Skills Festival at the Watershed to give advice to graduates and juniors on how to find work (CV's, interview tips etc). We place a big emphasis upon networking/meeting clients and candidates, it pays off in the long run and it's fun.
If I could change one thing that happened in my day today…

I would try to freeze time so I can get more work done!  On the tech team here we're never short of roles to work on; most of our clients don't want to work with anyone else which means we're always working hard for them to find amazing developers. We're looking to grow the team - if you'd like a chat, head to our Work for us page.
For me, this is “what working at ADLIB” is all about:

Finding great people for amazing clients at the forefront of technology innovation and helping top digital tech folk to secure their next awesome opportunity. All without selling your soul to a big corporate who value bad behaviour and quick aggressive deals over building long term relationships and repeat business. There's no big egos here, everyone genuinely likes each other's company and there's a great atmosphere.
My biggest feel good moment since I’ve been at ADLIB:

Hitting targets always feels good but the biggest buzz I get is placing someone with a new client. Understandably a lot of businesses are wary of tech recruiters and it's great to deliver on what we promise as passionate specialists with ethics and superior market knowledge.
How I explain what I do (at ADLIB) at a party: 

I sort of have this rep for being like Dustin Hoffman in 'Rain Man' when it comes to remembering names, faces and tech stacks. I connect techies with incredible start-ups, super cool digital agencies and mind-blowing software houses. I'm also the self-proclaimed ADLIB Grandmaster chess lord, FIFA minnow and ping pong dark horse.