Joanne Caine

Joanne Caine
Joanne Caine
Managing Director

Jo joined Cathedral Appointments over 25 years ago and now leads the business alongside Clodagh, who joined the company in 2021. Jo is a local employment expert and a former board member of Exeter’s leading business membership organisation, Exeter Chamber. She is also a Fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and has an Associated CIPD membership.

She has a special talent for sourcing expert-level Executive talent and has an amazing knowledge of businesses across the region. Jo mainly works on search projects and has an excellent reputation in identifying key business leaders and board-level talent for her clients. Jo has also garnered a network of connections in both the public and not-for-profit sectors and has developed longstanding relationships with key employers in the area.

Favourite place in the South West: The South West coast path, specifically the rugged north side.

Favourite place to eat: At home with my husband - he is a great cook!

What job would you be terrible at? Anything to do with finance - ask my accountant!

Sectors I work within

  • Candidate Sourcing, Search and Selection
  • Executive Recruitment - CEO, COO, Director, Senior Management and Leadership roles
  • HR Recruitment - HR Directors, HRBP's, Head of HR, HR Managers, Learning & Development, Resourcing, Talent Acquisition 
  • Salary Advice and Salary Benchmarking
  • Specialist Advertising, Talent Attraction Knowledge
  • Local Job Market Information
Can AI enhance or hinder the recruitment process?

Can AI enhance or hinder the recruitment process?

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 25 June, 2024

People Management recently discussed ten ways AI is transforming the recruitment process, and we are certainly starting to see more adoption of this innovative tech form both in our business and across the market.

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General Election 2024: What are the political parties saying about employment and the future of work?

General Election 2024: What are the political parties saying about employment and the future of work?

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 18 June, 2024

As we get ever closer to the General Election on July 4th, we’ve reviewed the party manifestos to see what they have pledged and how it pertains to employment and the future of work.

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Fostering inclusive workplaces | Talking HR Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

Fostering inclusive workplaces | Talking HR Equality, Diversity, Inclusion

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 29 May, 2024

On Wednesday 15th May, we gathered HR and internal recruitment professionals from across the region for our very first Talking HR event at the beautiful Froginwell Vineyard.

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Attracting top talent: Tailoring employee benefits for a 2024 workforce

Attracting top talent: Tailoring employee benefits for a 2024 workforce

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 13 March, 2024

What does a good employee benefits package look like in 2024? Regardless of size or sector, companies across the South West, and indeed the UK, are increasingly competing to attract top talent.

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Our predictions for the recruitment sector and hiring for your team in 2024

Our predictions for the recruitment sector and hiring for your team in 2024

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 12 December, 2023

We recently celebrated 35 years in business here at Cathedral Appointments and two years of our sister business, CA Tech Talent. In that time, the working landscape has evolved rapidly, and as we look to 2024, here are our predictions for the next year ahead.

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Is the recruitment market slowing down? What Q3 is telling us

Is the recruitment market slowing down? What Q3 is telling us

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 22 September, 2023

Economic pressures are adding to challenges across the market, but the news isn’t all doom and gloom. We delve into the data from KPMG and REC on the latest for the jobs market and what it means for you.

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Are we facing an epidemic with sick policies?

Are we facing an epidemic with sick policies?

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 17 August, 2023

It’s been really interesting to see how the working world has changed since the pandemic, in more ways than one! And in a recent survey from Softworks, it seems more people are finding it harder than ever to take sick days whilst working from home or remotely.

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Valuable interview tips for employers and small business owners

Valuable interview tips for employers and small business owners

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 08 May, 2023

There’s plenty of interview advice out there for candidates, but what if you have limited interview experience as an employer? Read our useful tips which will help you get the most from your interviews and ensure your candidates walk away with a tip-top impression of your business.

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Supporting neurodiverse talent through the hiring process

Supporting neurodiverse talent through the hiring process

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 29 March, 2023

Research published by the ONS last year revealed that a shockingly low number of autistic adults are in employment. Only 22 per cent of those with autism are in full-time or part-time work, the lowest employment rate of any disabled group.

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What are South West employers offering their employees?

What are South West employers offering their employees?

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 05 March, 2023

Last month, we asked our clients to share details of their employee benefits packages, so we could review what's on offer to help employers with their attraction and retention strategies. 17 clients across several sectors (including professional services, manufacturing, automotive, technology and education) responded.

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How to hire in markets where candidates are in high demand

How to hire in markets where candidates are in high demand

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 22 February, 2023

You’ve heard it a thousand times. And it’s true. Your people are the most important asset of your business. So when the time comes to hire, it makes sense to pick the candidates who are the best possible fit for your vacant roles. Not always easy. In sectors where demand for specific skills exceeds the supply of candidates, finding the right person for the job is a challenge. Job-seekers can play employers against each other, cherry-picking the best offer. The good news? A few tweaks to your recruitment process will put your business in the best position to snap up in-demand candidates, before your competitors do.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Leave Job Candidates with a Good Impression

4 Reasons Why You Should Leave Job Candidates with a Good Impression

Posted by Joanne Caine
Published on 30 January, 2023

It’s not just prospective employees who need to give the best account of themselves at interview. Those on the other side of the desk should be striving to leave every candidate with a positive impression of your business. In fact, it’s crucial. And remember the recruitment process isn’t just the interview, it’s the end-to-end process. This means that your speed of response to applications; quality of your feedback; and overall engagement with candidates throughout the whole process also plays an important role in how your employer brand is perceived by candidates. Here are four reasons why.

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