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The nice things our clients & candidates say about us

  • Larisa is always a pleasure to do business with. Personable, reliable and gets results.

    LinkedIn recommendation from Carolyn Looby

  • Larissa is a great recruitment consultant to work with - always positive, honest and committed to getting the best results for her clients and companies she recruits for. A fantastic asset to Stopgap

    LinkedIn recommendation from Jonny Berger

  • Nicola is a one of a kind. Believe AND trust in her. You’ll never go wrong. EVER.

    LinkedIn recommendation from Jeremy Walker

  • Nicola goes the extra mile. She knows the importance of the right cultural fit in recruitment, and she really understands the demands and foibles of the ad industry. Nicola sweats the small stuff that makes the big differences.

    LinkedIn recommendation from Richard Court

  • Hey Nic, I know i've said this a million times Nic, but thank you! Your confidence and support has been absolutely wonderful.

    Talk soon! Alex

  • Thanks for your help with the job search, I really appreciated all your efforts – you’re one of a few recruiters who really care about their candidates and aren’t just about the commission.

    Really appreciate it if I ever need help in the future I’ll be sure to give you a call.

  • I have absolutely loved working with all of you at Stopgap over the years. You're an amazing team and I feel grateful to have met you all.

    Wishing all of you all the best in everything work and life.

  • I recommended Stopgap as, in my experience, you guys are hands down some of the most pleasant recruiters in Sydney.

  • "Hilary and Ellie have been fantastic and one of the best (if not the best) recruiters I have dealt with. Job hunting can be very daunting and confronting - making candidates feel comfortable and being helpful is a small but significant gesture. I really appreciate Hilary and Ellie and have no reservations in recommending Stopgap."

  • I sincerely appreciate the time you spent reviewing my resume and recommending ways to achieve. Your advice was very helpful and gave me a new perspective on career opportunities. I know this might sound like a testimonial... but you were really responsive and great in identifying my strengths, passion, and weaknesses. You were also very professional and seem to have a deep knowledge in marketing related roles and the industry.


  • Thank you so, so much!!

    You have no idea how much I appreciate all your help and patience.

    I am sure this is the beginning of a new start for me and I will be forever grateful for your and Nicola's ongoing support in helping me through such a difficult period.

    Again, even though it does't do justice to how I feel...THANK YOU!!!


  • Hi Larisa,

    I realised this morning that I have been spending so much time at Lavender that I have not thanked you for everything you have done.

    You have been responsive & have always made me feel like you had my best interests in mind.

    A BIG THANK you for setting me up at Lavender & checking in with me to ensure I was happy. If I ever feel the need to switch to another agency you will be the first one I contact.

    I hope all is well with you & you have a great week.



  • Hi Larisa,

    I just got back to my desk to a lovely bunch of flowers, jelly beans and a card. What a surprise! 

    Thank you so much for sending them through and helping me get this amazing job and sending the gift across this afternoon. I can't tell you how much you have changed my life! It sounds extreme but making that phone call to you last Friday really has put such a positive spin on things. If I didn't call you I would have been in a job I didn't love, which would have made my Sydney experience completely different. 

    I LOVE my job already and I have you to thank. In my job search I met a heap of recruiters who weren't very helpful and who didn't seem to care, but Stopgap exceeded all of my expectations. I owe you a lot.

    Have a wonderful afternoon, and thanks again.

    Kind regards,

    Hannah Spanos 

  • Hi Helen,

    I just wanted to send a quick email to give a huge THANK YOU for my beautiful flowers (and jelly beans!) from all you lovely ladies. That really was very sweet of you all. They're gorgeous!

    Please pass on my thanks for Cynthia, Nic, Leila, Katie, Ris, Claire, Nicole and Oxana also :-)

    Thanks so much also for all your help and patience (!!) with this appointment, I couldn't have done it without you. You guys really are the BEST recruitment agency and just such a pleasure to work with. I can't recommend you enough!

    We're finalising the contract tomorrow (just the paperwork) but it's all systems go which is very exciting.

    Looking forward to catching up soon.


  • Thank you so so much for my gorgeous flowers..... such a treat to receive! 

    I really appreciate all the support you have given me over the past few months and for finding me such a perfect role.

    Thanks again and speak soon 


  • Helen is a sound business partner who strives for mutual success. Her intergity is a stand out, as was her knowledge of the business. I was pleasantly surprised with the significant and detailed expertise she demonstrated in knowledge of the client. Her efforts to provide sound context and build business relationship were outstanding. I look forward to an ongoing professional relationship with Helen.

    LinkedIn recommendation from Keinwen Shephard

  • Helen is a breath of fresh air in the recruitment world. With a wealth of experience in the marketing world, as a recruiter she knows not only what her clients are looking for, but importantly takes the best aspects out of a potential candidate. 

    As a potential candidate myself, I found Helen to be extremely encouraging during my career search. Helen took the time to provide me with advice, above and beyond. Helen was able to get to the heart of my career progression and gave me fantastic food for thought. 

    I would definitely recommend Helen to future clients and in particular to marketing professionals looking for a new path in their career

    LinkedIn recommendation from Angie Ruperto

  • Hi Helen,

    Thanks for the congrats on the role. I also received a beautiful bunch of flowers this morning from yourself and the team – thank you! They are gorgeous, so thoughtful of you.

    I still remember my meeting with you well – you made me feel at ease, comfortable to present myself well, and really listened to what I had to say and what I was after in a role. It was such a fantastic introduction to your agency and really set the tone for all the interactions and support to come. Kate was phenomenal to deal with. I wasn’t sure I would find or connect with someone again so well, but then Cynthia comes along and exceeds my expectations again. She was a fantastic support throughout the process of securing the permanent role. 

    You have a fantastic group of people working for you and you really have created an amazing business with Stopgap. Thank you for all that you have done for me – I’m extremely grateful. 

    Warm wishes,

  • Fantastic – thanks so much Nic!  I really appreciate the calibre of candidates you sent through, it's been a pleasure working with you throughout this selection process.

    We're really looking forward to having Kelvin on board.


  • Stopgap provided everything I wanted from a recruitment agency. Friendly, supportive, honest advice - and above all, helpful to me, not just the employer.

    In particular, I found Cynthia Harris to be a first class recruiter. From our first chat, her advice and honesty were greatly appreciated in helping me secure a new job.

    Cynthia genuinely valued my skills, discussed possible options and worked to scope suitable opportunities - keeping in contact and offering advice along the way.

    Cynthia's expertise and knowledge of the Sydney market was a terrific help in progressing my career. I cannot recommend her, and Stopgap more generally, highly enough.

  • Hi there Larisa, 

    Thanks for your confidence in my ability, much appreciated. Thank you also for professionalism and diligence in getting me into a role, it was all so easy!



  • It's very rare to have a recruitment team care as much as Stopgap and check in so consistently so thank you - you've also been a pleasure to deal with!

    I will keep in touch.

    Thanks Helen,


    Nicola Clarke

    PR & communications manager

  • Thank you for all your work and efforts. I’ve loved all your help Hilary, I really have, and I appreciate all you’ve done for The Nature Conservative - thank you.

  • A very professional agency, who are awesome to deal with. They always find me job in regards to my experience and personality very quickly.

  • Thanks so very much again - I'm so excited about the role and opportunity! The experience of working with the whole Stopgap team is fantastic and extremely positive, I've never met such a personalised attitude from a recruitment agency.

    Thanks so so much again :)



  • Hi Hilary,

    Thank you for your time today. I really appreciate the experience I had with you today. I have to say that you are the first recruiter who has ever wished me luck on an interview that they haven't organised. 

    Every recruiter I speak to gives me the same spiel of a personalised experience but it felt genuine with you. 

  • I also want to mention that it is a pleasure working with you Hilary. I was dealing with other recruiters throughout this process and you are by far the loveliest, personable, fun and most helpful of them all. It makes such a difference! I’ll definitely be recommending Binvested use StopGap for any other candidates they need. 

  • Hi Larisa,

    I’m sorry but I have been so busy that I have only just opened your card. Thank you & the team so much for all you have done for me, you are truly the best recruitment team I have worked with.

    Thanks so much for the gift card too, much appreciated.

    All the best,


  • Thank you Larisa. 

    After dealing with a few recruiters, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the ease of this process (regardless of the outcome). Thanks for responding to my application, setting up an interview and being there, and following up on the conversation You think that sounds obvious but it's a rarity! 

  • Fabulous, you are so helpful Oxana!

    Some feedback for you that Stopgap are great! - I have had previous issues with payroll at my last contract, also a employer didn't send me my group cert etc. (not through stopgap). When asking questions to get these things sorted, I waited and days and weeks for answers. Therefore you are the best!


  • Hi Helen,

    Thanks again for the opportunity, I really appreciate everything you've done for me!

    Have a great day.


  • I have been both a candidate and client of Helen's. On the client side together with her team, StopGap, became more than just a recruiters, but part of our organisation, providing support and advice not just candidates. Helen isn't just a great recruiter, she is a great judge of people and knows how to get to the heart of a matter, providing insight and the perspective I needed to determine my future career direction. She has the skills, empathy and market intelligence that makes her strong leader and coach.

    LinkedIn recommendation from Manisha Amin

  • Without question Helen is the most thorough and detailed recruiter I have had the pleasure of dealing with. Her insightful nature and ability to coalesce people with positions is second to none. The diligence and effort Helen puts into understanding the positions she was filling gave me the confidence that she was keeping both her clients and my own interests at heart.

    LinkedIn recommendation from Ned Tesic

  • Hi Larisa,

    I hope you are well!

    Like I said yesterday, you are doing such a fantastic job. I really appreciate the effort you put into finding a role for me and maintaining the relationship. It is so nice to know that your are always available if there are any problems or questions. It really makes a massive difference to other recruiters I work with before!

    Have a lovely day,



    Hi Helen

    I just wanted to write a quick note to say how much I have enjoyed contracting through both Larisa and Oxana over the last year and a half.  It has been an absolute pleasure.  They have been so supportive and professional through both my 4-6 week contracts that ended up being 10 and 9 months respectively.

    I have no hesitations whatsoever in recommending any potential candidates or employers to get in contact with the team at stopgap as a result of both of them.

    Have a great week.



  • Hi Nicole

    Laura is GREAT!  Thanks so much for finding her.  She was a big help in her first week and I look forward to working with her over the next couple of months.

    Please keep an eye/ear out for anyone else who might be suitable in the new year as it is going to be just as busy here.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Kind regards


  • I have recently been given an opportunity working in my dream job and I would like to thank Larisa. Her personal and down to earth attitude gave me the confidence I needed in order to ace the interview. She was studious and followed up right after each meeting with the company and with myself. She even sent me reassuring messages saying that she should know asap. Previously I have only had negative experience with agencies such as yours but this recent experience has been an absolute delight. It was truly wonderful working with Stopgap. 

    Thank you so much,

    Charlotte Earle

  • Ladies,

    Thank you so much for the lovely cupcakes (again!) they are silently calling my name from the morning tea table!

    Tori and Jo are settling in like champions and I'm sure will both have fantastic careers ahead of them here at Ten, I'm just sorry my time with them will be limited to the next few weeks.

    It's been an absolute pleasure to get to know your team at Stopgap and I can't thank you enough for helping us to find such great people to join the team.

    All the very best,


  • Hi Larissa

    Thankyou so much for your time on Wednesday. You were positively the most amazing breath of fresh air and the loveliest person I've had the pleasure of meeting with in this area this year. 

    I'm really looking forward to working with you and your colleagues on freelance & permanent, client & agency side roles. With your support I'm sure it's not going to be a quiet year at all :)

    Many Thanks