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Imara are recruitment specialists!

Imara link business strategy with effective resourcing strategies. We augment many tools and approaches and place your needs at the centre of our service delivery and recruitment framework.

Imara deliver timely and authentic recruitment services across all core functions including IT, Finance, Sales, Marketing and more recently, nursing and healthcare domains.

What our customers say

Barry has drawn on his experience and techniques from his extensive sales and recruitment background to assist in the development of the wider team.

His can-do attitude, work ethic and technical capability are reflected in his ability to build a rapport with both customers and colleagues.

MichaelGeneral Manager
Insurance Sector

I applied for a role through Barry at Imara and was impressed by his quick and helpful response.

This role required an unusual mix of somewhat contradictory skills and experience for which Barry interviewed thoroughly for. When reviewing my CV, he advised me on changes to ensure I covered off all the requirements for the role. As a result of that, I secured an interview, prior to which Barry again provided coaching to ensure I presented myself in the best light and once offered the role, Barry took me through setting up as an independent contractor.

Throughout the entire process, which only took a couple of weeks, Barry always made himself available to answer any questions or help solve any problems and has continued to keep in touch and ensure I am happy in the role.

I wouldn’t hesitate to see employment through Barry and Imara again and would recommend others to do the same.


BrendanSenior Service Desk Engineer - Contract
Utilities - Internal IT
September 2018

“Barry from Imara was great to work with, took the time to understand what I was looking for in a role and found a great match.
I would highly recommend Imara to anyone looking for a new challenge or an employer looking for a great candidate fit.” – Ryan

RyanDevelopment Lead
Software as a Service
October 2019

Working with Barry from Imara has been an absolute pleasure.

He took a real proactive approach with my application and helped me in every step of the process which was invaluable.

It was such a positive experience. Barry helped me to ensure I was prepared and putting my best foot forward.

Barry was patient and at no time did I feel pressured. He had my needs in mind, not his.

His expertise in the recruitment field would benefit any organisation wanting a partner who really does look after the employers brand and importantly, focuses on candidate engagement, selection and fit.

Barry & Imara has restored my faith in agencies. I can not recommend them enough.

RedIT Level 3 Systems Engineer
IT Managed Services
January 2019

Barry from Imara Limited was great to deal with. He made the whole process so smooth from initial interaction to signing the new contract. As a first time user of a recruitment agency, I was very happy with how Barry put any concerns at ease and assisted me in gaining the job I hoped for.

He was very professional in all his dealings and made sure I was kept in the loop proactively and I was satisfied with everything at all times through the process.

LaurenSenior Nurse
Medical Sector
February 2019

Dealing with Barry from Imara has not only been easy, it’s been a pleasure!

The quality of candidates he has sourced for us is a testament to how deeply he has understood and executed on our requirements.

We will absolutely be using Barry again in the future. And, he’s not a bad bloke considering he is an Aussie too.

JustinGeneral Manager
IT Services
March 2019

Barry does more than simply interview a candidate. He spends time digging beyond the simple job titles and accomplishments to understand strengths, weaknesses and career aspirations.

In this process, Barry came to know me as a person in a way that enabled him to match me with a hiring manager that needed both my talent and the unique energy I could bring.

He is a candidate advocate and a consummate professional. I routinely recommend him to both job seekers and hiring managers.

KarenOrganisational Change Manager
International Insurance Sector

From our first conversation, I noticed that Barry listens carefully and pays attention to everything. Then he picked up some skills that were missing in my CV and those ones eventually helped me position myself for the role and be successful in getting the position.

I have worked with many agents but you Barry are very unique in terms of responsibility. Even though you had some tough personal moments that required you to go overseas, there were no service interruptions in any way and in fact, continued to make arrangements like interviews and updating me with results of the interview and finally, preparation of the contract.

From the first call from you to getting the contract it took around a week which is very quick from my point of view. Your systems and processes make it easy to work with you.

I take this time to recommend your service to everybody and will reach out to you first if I feel I need to change my job or look for another contract opportunity.

ArashSenior .Net Developer
November 2018

It has been a pleasure working with Barry. Being remote and having to relocate for this role, Barry was very helpful setting up interview processes. He was very clear and responsive with his communications and I felt that I was kept in the loop instead of being left hanging. Because I was unable to attend the interviews in person, Barry did a great job of giving me an overview of the business and company culture. I am very happy to have landed this role and would 100% recommend Barry & Imara to others. Cheers, Rebecca

RebeccaObject Oriented Developer
Finance & Banking
October 2019

“What a pleasure dealing with Barry! Without a doubt, the most effective and ethical recruiter I have worked with. Barry takes the time to fully understand the business, the client and the role/s before embarking on his recruitment process. He is a great recruiter who has a fresh, upbeat and positive approach that sets him apart from others in this space.

I highly recommend him to anyone.”

Kelly HughesHR Consultant
Consultant Services
April 2019

My experience with Barry Hardy through seeking a new sales opportunity was nothing short of excellent. Through the application process Barry was very informative and professional in his role.

Detailed and thorough, able to highlight desirable aspects of my professional history that I had overlooked.  Through several interviews and negotiations, I found Barry’s professional advice on all matters both frank, direct and honest. At the end of the process through Barry’s council I was successful in both getting the role & achieving the package I desired. In addition, I came away from this experience feeling like I had picked up a trusted advisor. I unreservedly recommend both Employers and Employees to Imara Limited and I will use Barrys services when the need arises.

John – RotoruaAccount Manager - Sales
Heavy Industry & Services.
July 2019

I wanted to offer my thanks for all your help over these past few weeks. Not only in your thinking of me when the position at your client became available but also your coaching and encouraging words throughout.

I have never had a very good view of the employment agencies because of the lack of consideration for the candidates but you and Imara definitely stand out from the crowd.

Thank you again, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

ColinSenior Test Engineer
September 2018

I have worked with Barry over the last 8 years and his professionalism stands out by far. He is very competent to find the right people for us, not just on a technical level but also ensure the candidates are a fit for culture of the business. He draws on his vast knowledge of the Credit and Finance industry to understand our full requirements and always delivers.

He is honest in his approach and is always willing to take on feedback about his candidates. He provides constant updates on his progress in his recruitment drives and goes the extra mile to provide support whenever he can.

DonalHead of IT & Senior Programme Manager
Credit & Finance Sector

Having worked with Barry for over a year now, my view of the recruiter/candidate relationship has been turned on its head.

I’ve been impressed with the way Barry has been keen to make regular contact to ensure that I’m satisfied with where my current position is taking me and also any future plans I’m interested in.

Barry is forging a way forward to occupy roles, however he also clearly shows a genuine interest in my career and the cold evasiveness of previous recruiter/candidate relationships I have had is completely absent, which is a real credit to Barry with his constant warm and friendly manner.

MelanieSenior Project Manager

Working through an interview process with Barry is a pleasant experience. His wide array of questions are put to you in a conversational manner, therefore it doesn’t feel like an interview as such.

I hadn’t picked up just how much Barry from Imara was soaking up as we talked about what spun my wheels. As I say, it seemed more like a casual chat but it turns out that Barry really knows his stuff!

The answers I gave to those questions had Barry matching me to a job that I wouldn’t have picked up on even if it was right under my nose.

Touching on many of my interests in unseen ways and, getting me paid to do it is awesome… Like magic, I’m still a little spooked on how he did it, to be honest!

Thanks heaps Barry.

ToddMobile Service & Testing Technician
Heavy Industry
February 2019

I approached Barry for a role he had recently advertised. In our initial call he rapidly identified the role fit and immediately launched into action. He was fast, methodical and left no stone unturned. He communicated regularly and throughout the whole employment process I found him to be professional, friendly and very efficient. I would highly recommend Barry. He gets things done.

BenSenior Business Development Manager
Government Sector New Zealand
May 2018

Transparent and pragmatic communicator is the best way to describe Barry. In a short timeframe, he has come across as a great relationship manager with planned and structured approach. His views on approaching interviews is strategic . These things are crucial when you are working with an agent especially when you are seeking a new opportunity in Testing because it’s a very contested market. He does not judge you on purely what’s written in your resume, he takes time to understand your capability and really does his best to demonstrate your fit against the employer skill requirements.

I enjoyed working with Barry through the recent contract engagement and would like to collaborate further.

ShivaSenior Test Engineer
March 2019

I have worked with Barry and his team at Imara Ltd over many years, where they have always taken the time to gain a full understanding of our business, our working environment, and the nuances of each of our roles.

I have always been impressed with their responsiveness, quality of candidates that they put forward for our consideration, and as a trusted recruiter Imara has helped take the pain out of the search and selection process.

JasonNZ General Manager
International Medical Sector

Barry has been phenomenally agile in placing me with his client. A client that is very close to what I have been looking for. Quick, and efficient, with very little time to waste, Barry has shown the keenness and alacrity in delivering quick results with no hassles. It has been a good experience Imara Limited and I would recommend others to use Barry’s services.

AnkitaBusiness Analyst
Finance & Banking
September 2019

Barry from Imara has provided immense support through consistent feedback based on my area of expertise, especially compared to other recruiters I have experienced in the past.

I would highly recommend Imara to all employers and job-seekers for a professional recruitment experience. I can guarantee that Imara will be your first choice of recruitment, after your first experience with their brilliant team. Thank you.

JaySenior Systems Administrator
September 2018

Barry made the recruitment process straight-forward. From originally applying through to getting the permanent offer, it took just 7 – 10 days. He explained to me the role and its responsibilities and explained their culture very well. It helped me prepare well for the interview.

I would recommend Barry and Imara to anyone prospective candidate or client, they are certainly a very professional agency to work with.

RockyFront End Developer
November 2018

I first engaged Barry when I was based in Johannesburg, South Africa through an advertisement I saw on his website. The advertised role described everything I needed and wanted in my first NZ position. – In short what Barry advertised and what the role demanded was in fact very much aligned.

Barry was focused on understanding what I was looking for in a role, evaluating my needs and ensuring they were in line with his client’s role. His interviewing technique was structured and thorough.

Barry’s process was proactive especially in terms of feedback and providing updates as I went through the client recruitment process. In conclusion, when finalising the offer, he ensured it was aligned to market rates.

Barry was always available and did his very best to help me from start to finish. I have no hesitation in recommending him. As I have done so multiple times.

AndreBusiness Development Manager
June 2018

It is not hard to put into words what Barry Hardy has done for me. Not only was I a candidate, but I was off-shore as well. Barry didn’t see this as too hard and invested time in me to identify if he can help. Barry worked proactively with his client and explored the client’s willingness to support me through a visa process. Rarely do you have the opportunity to work with such a professional recruiter as Barry but I’m glad our paths crossed.

He helped me from start to finish which resulted in a Permanent Role and a very attractive salary. Anyone who gets a chance to interact with Barry would be lucky to have such a professional on their side with such a good work ethic and vast knowledge on all levels when helping candidates secure the position they want.

FarazInformation Security Manager
March 2019

Exceptional. Simply put, it’s the most accurate word I can think of too explain my experience dealing with Barry Hardy and Imara Limited.

I received a call from Barry within an hour of applying for a role Imara had advertised and before the day was out I had an interview for the following morning and was offered a contract that same day. From application to contract in 24 hours, now that’s impressive.

Barry’s straight forward attitude and willingness to go that extra mile to get the deal done totally exceeded my expectations which is why Imara will, from now on, be my first port of call when looking for a new role and my first and only recommendation for a recruitment company.

NickIT Support Engineer
IT Managed Services
October 2019

I applied for a role through Barry from Imara Limited and was impressed by his honesty, openness and above all his professionalism. From the first phone call and introductions through to the final offering of the Job, Barry worked tirelessly for both me and the company he was recruiting the role for.

I would highly recommend Barry to any company looking to hire a new role or anyone seeking a new position.

MichaelLead WMS Consultant
IT Software Services Sector
24 Feb 2019

What is there to say about Imara except “WOW”. I admire Barry’s enthusiasm, approach & postive energy.

Barry’s passion, committment & thirst to succeed in finding me employment was refreshing & something I hadn’t encountered before from any other recruiter. I needed help getting a visa too & he found an employer willing to go on that journey.

Barry took the time to understand who I was as a person, what I was looking for in my career & what possible employers would be interested. Barry kept me fully updated through the recruitment process proactively & represented his client employer brands very well. He prepared me every step of the way & with his assistance, I secured a role totally aligned to my core skills.

Barry is open & transparent. I have no hesitations in recommending him to others.

SeanAccount Manager - Sales
Industrial sales
May 2019

The thing that stood out for me in using Barry from Imara Limited was the communication frequency. He really took the time to ensure the feedback loop was frequent and relevant. He kept the process flowing and kept me posted on where we at in the journey.

Barry’s approach was personalised while maintaining the professionalism all the way through. Barry represented the role and its functional responsibilities as if it was his business and you could see that he really cared. He was able to share the employer’s values and core business clearly and he was obviously aware of what he was looking for.

Barry did a supremely good job of representing me and his client beyond that of his competitors.

MiaoRegistered Nurse
March 2019

I recently arrived in NZ and had to look for work urgently.  I saw a role that really interested me and I immediately applied through Imara. Barry contacted me and set up an interview.

Everything was smooth sailing from there and I landed the position of my dreams.  Barry was on top of his game the whole time and even arranged a later start date for me to be able to sort out the kids school etc.  He was very accommodating and also kept in contact throughout the whole process.

Thank you Barry, I would strongly recommend Imara for anyone seeking a career opportunity.  You were extremely professional in your dealings./

Sincerely, Nicky

NickyRelations Support Co-ordinator
NGO / Charitable Organisation
October 2019

Imara Limited have shown themselves to be an excellent recruitment agency – the staff took the time to match my technical experience and project background to the right organisation, which resulted in a positive and rewarding long-term contract. Their dedication included excellent care and communication on a monthly basis, with efficient payment processes and swift resolution of any issues. Barry Hardy was a real pleasure to work with – I was consistently impressed with his supportive, motivating and highly professional demeanour.  I would not hesitate to work for Imara Limited, and Barry Hardy, in the future.

CassySenior BA & Project Manager

I recently had to put together an agile team in a very short space of time and Barry sourced three top quality candidates for us. Barry’s proactive approach was to quickly understand our needs, find out about our team, the organisation and the product. He then found people that others didn’t. As a talented recruiter Barry is professional, consultative and his style of engagement adds real value to the process… quite refreshing!

TimProgramme Manager
Commercial Legal Sector

This is my first experience working with an agency and I am glad it was with Barry. He’s very much professional and dedicated towards his work. A keen listener and an excellent communicator. He listened to my barriers and shortcomings and planned out a way to guide me to go in the right direction. This boosted up my confidence and helped me secure my dream job in New Zealand. With Barry, it’s just not another consultancy trying to place candidates, but he goes deeper to understand the candidate aspirations along with what the employer is looking for.

Barry was very specific about the whole interview process, ensuring comfort to both the intended parties. He pro-actively updated about the progress and never left me hanging without an update, which truly I appreciate. I cannot thank him enough for opening the doors for me and making it a pleasant experience.

I would recommend Imara Consultancy to people looking out for jobs because I know they will be in safe hands.

JincyBusiness Analyst
Finance & Banking
November 2019

I found Barry to be amazing to work with and he certainly believes in going the extra mile for you. Once you have met Barry, not only will you be inspired by him … but you will walk away feeling that you met someone who is truly authentic and that is so special.

I appreciate Barry’s energy, passion and heart for people.

CheriAccount Manager
Charitable Media Company
November 2018

I would like to start this testimonial off with a huge thank you for all the efforts you have put in for me Barry. This whole experience has been over and above anything that I have experienced before from ANY Recruitment Consultant or Agency.

The very first thing that stood out for me was your very personal and relevant approach to getting to know me and understanding my personality and character. You spoke to me as if we knew each other for years and it made me feel very much at ease.

Also, your genuine interest and empathy that you reflect towards me regarding my work experience and recent misfortune with my last employer meant so much to me and my family. You were the very first consultant to actually listen to what I had to say and then you framed the conversation with the client for maximum positive effect.

I can not thank you enough Barry. Because you were so invested in achieving the best outcome for both parties and your level of knowledge around the role and the company that you represent, ensured the fit was perfect!

My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for what you have done and we wish you every success that you truly deserve. You are a legend.

MartinSenior Account Manager - Sales
Heavy Industry Sales
March 2019

Many thanks to Barry from Imara for keeping up the great communication and in doing so, he helped me secure my new role. Professional and dedicated, Barry had ensured I was informed and prepared from the very start of the process.

A very happy result for all concerned.

Jacky.Net Developer
Financial Services
January 2019

Barry has made the word “service” in the recruitment game his own. He is truly a partner to us and consistently delivers high quality candidates through his thorough understanding of our business needs.

In a competitive supplier model, he always goes the extra mile and is more often than not the successful agency which is what brings us back again and again.

GeoffFormer CIO
A New Zealand State Owned Enterprise

Professional, Friendly and Fast…

My experience with Barry from Imara Limited was a total delight. I applied for a role Barry had advertised online and within days had completed a phone screen, skype interview and arranged an interview. He was fantastic. He kept me updated with the progress of my application. He gave real insight into the role I had applied for. He was a huge source of support and with his help, I was able to secure the role. His professional and friendly approach was very much appreciated and gave me confidence that I was in safe hands. I have no hesitation in recommending his services.


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BrendanContact Centre Team Leader
Not for Profit - Charity
November 2019

A very Big thank you  Barry  for your encouragement, efficiency and professionalism with recruiting me into the Media Sales Account Manager Role with your client. Barry you presented the company to me extremely well, so much that I felt a great desire to learn more about them.

You  followed through promptly and with excellent communication. The steps followed ensured a decision was made fast !!! Barry thankyou

I am so very happy in the role and just needed that little nudge in the beginning! But you read me well and found  the perfect fit for me! Thanks for you advocacy. A pleasure to work with you

Rgds – Jo

JoMedia Account Manager - Sales
Radio & Television Media
September 2019

When I first came to NZ 12 months ago, I had no knowledge that getting the right opportunity with my experience and profile will be so difficult. I was keen on getting a permanent job in my field which will match my experience and start my career in New Zealand. Then I met Barry Hardy who helped me with my very first opportunity in NZ with permanent employment in the field of IT. I was on a contractual assignment which was about to end in the same month when I received a call from Barry. He explained to me the profile and scheduled my interview with the employer even when he was travelling for work. My interview went well and within 10 days I got my offer letter which was above my expectations. He is very good in his follow-ups and highly professional in handling every step of the recruitment process. My experience with Barry and his organisation Imara Limited was extremely good, he is very well connected with his candidates and their experience.

TousifIT Support Engineer
Corporate NGO IT Services
September 2019

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