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Laura Machin │ Senior Consultant

Describe a typical day as a recruitment consultant.

In the world of recruitment no day is 'typical'. The life of a recruitment consultant is a rollercoaster of emotions – excitement, pride, success, disappointment - in this job you experience it all. Typical tasks could include making marketing calls to clients, profiling candidates, matching skill sets to requirements, taking job specifications, calculating rates and responding to applications. Every day as a recruitment consultant at Sellick Partnership is hard work and challenging, but thoroughly rewarding.

What training have you received so far?

I started at Sellick Partnership as a graduate in a resourcer role. I embarked on training relating to building candidate relationships, matching CVs to job specs and interviewing candidates. All the skills and tools required, for me to find, match, and short list candidates, were developed through a mixture of on the job training and dedicated training sessions. The team here at Sellick Partnership are very supportive, and you have access to a wealth of knowledge from your colleagues.

Following a successful nine months as a resourcer, I took a promotion to recruitment consultant. Supported by my knowledge and understanding of candidate sourcing and profiling, I have developed skills and techniques needed to carry out the full recruitment process including the client relationship.

How would you describe the culture of Sellick Partnership?

The culture of Sellick Partnership is a collaborative one. Our success stems from the combination of knowledge and experience across teams and offices. We work on vacancies as a team, providing support and guidance on the best candidates in the market. Jo Sellick and the other directors are instrumental in creating this atmosphere, investing time and training in the right type of people for Sellick Partnership.

Who inspires you to succeed in your job?

This is a question I struggle to answer as there are a number of people who have the ability to inspire you for very different reasons. You don't have to look far within Sellick to find a hard-working, dedicated person to really inspire you to achieve your best. Be that someone who does it all – managing a team, establishing a fresh patch and billing big; someone who bills their best ever year after year; or someone who has great candidate and client relationships with the reputation they deserve.

What is your most memorable experience at Sellick Partnership?

My most memorable experience so far occurred during team building 2011. One of our first challenges was to build a raft to row across Carsington waters. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be carrying dirty logs, tying goose-mess covered knots with my bare hands, and half-swimming, half-rowing across Carsington waters on a cold, wet day! You are pushed out of your comfort zone which makes you realise that you can achieve things you wouldn't have even attempted before.

More recently, I've taken charge of the annual Midlands football tournament which took place at the Stoke Powerleague on 27th September. It was a real challenge trying to organise a large number of teams and ensure everything ran smoothly on the day, but really rewarding, especially considering the entrance fees all went towards local charity Douglas Macmillan.

What has been your biggest achievement in your role?

This has got to be the thrill of officially placing my first temp!

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