Cathy Scanlon

Freelance Hiring Manager

I help small companies and start-ups with all aspects of tech hiring, on an ad-hoc basis.


The hiring process should be transparent and affordable.

External recruitment is broken and is not working for either the candidate or the company. The majority of recruiters are simply not liked or trusted, have minimal technical knowledge, and due to the commission structure, they are biased and too expensive. Top candidates are so fed up with being inundated by recruitment agencies that many just ignore them completely.

About Me

I help small companies and start-ups with tech hiring on an ad-hoc basis. I work internally with your company to cover all your hiring needs, when you need it.

My years of highly technical experience working as the digital director of a fast-paced London agency, a software developer, a data scientist and my Engineering background (B.Eng. & PhD.) ensures only the right candidates are sourced and hired.

What I do

All work conducted is transparent and available to you at all times. You pay for the work that is done, like most professions, and as I am not commission based our goals are always aligned.

Tasks can include:

  • Lead generation
  • Candidate screening
  • Initial skype interview/recording
  • Scheduling in-person interviews
  • Coordinating tech tests
  • Salary negotiation
  • Onboarding
  • HR Platform set up


Patrick Meetings Booker

Patrick, CSO

Meetings Bookers

Cathy helped us with finding some great developers and fit in as part of the team straight away. She really understood the roles we were hiring for and had an in-depth knowledge of the technology stack.

Cathy worked with us 2 days a week which meant we could have 3 months of hiring support for the same cost as going through a recruitment agency. A great way for a smaller company to have an internal hiring manager when needed.

Highly recommend!

In the past, hiring, and all the admin associated with it, took up far too much of my time. We recently raised money and needed to grow the team rapidly, so I knew I needed some help.

Cathy joined us short-term and part-time to manage all aspects of hiring so I could safely get back to running the company without worry.

As she had experience hiring for similar roles in the past, Cathy knew exactly what we were looking for and helped me define the job spec, sourced only very relevant candidates, conducted initial screening interviews and set us up with a simple to use HR system.

I would recommend Cathy to other startups who need an internal hiring manager short-term to manage all aspects of growing a highly technical team.

Patrick Meetings Booker

Trish, Founder & CEO

Soapbox Labs

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