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Q & A with Kathryn Heeler

18 Nov 2014
Kathryn Heeler, 21, recently joined Sellick Partnership as a resourcing consultant in our Newcastle office. She has relocated from Durham to join us, fresh from Carlisle University where she studied Film and TV production. She secured her role at Sellick Partnership following her first and only interview since graduating.

A resourcing consultant is a junior role well suited to graduates looking for a career in recruitment. We use it as a stepping stone to becoming a consultant. We aim to fast track resourcing consultants to consultants within six months, with the aim of giving them a solid grounding of the job. The main responsibilities include interviewing and registering job seekers, searching job boards for potential recruits, arranging interviews for candidates and working towards the team's key performance indicators to ensure they meet their sales targets each month.

We sat down with her to find out how her first month has been with Sellick Partnership.

What made you decide on a career in recruitment?


My sister works in recruitment, she noticed my strong organisational skills and excellent telephone manner and thought it could be the career for me. I enjoy working with people, I am a good listener and a problem solver. I am always thinking  one step ahead which I was told is vital for the role of a recruitment consultant.

The recruitment industry is a highly competitive market, why choose Sellick Partnership?


Sellick Partnership provide a supportive work environment for their employees, which was great for me coming here straight from university. I am a very ambitious person and they offer fantastic training and career progression opportunities. The company also sets high standards - it felt like a real achievement to join the team. After having joined the team, everything has started to fall into place - the company culture and values all align with mine.

Why do you believe you were a right fit for the role?


I strive to achieve the best results in all aspects of life, which is a similar mind-set to that of a recruitment consultant and I work best when I have set targets to aim for. I am a people person, and I find it easy to talk to anyone, but I can also be firm and direct when I need to be.

You're new to the team, how has your journey with us been so far?


There has been so much information to take in, but the team are lovely and help me every step of the way - even when I'm asking questions all the time! They have offered me so much support as part of my training -  I have spoken to candidates, had one on one training, jobs meetings, a chance to take part in training webinars. They have also supported me on a personal level, I attended first Friday drinks after work at the beginning of the month, which was a great opportunity to network and get to know everyone without the pressures of the office environment.

How did you find the interview process?


It definitely challenged me, but this just made me want to try harder. I had to really prove myself, but in a way I was glad because I wanted to be sure that recruitment was the right career for me, and that I have what it takes to be successful in the industry. I was very proud when I was offered the job.  Having joined the business I now understand how important it is for any employer to hire a candidate who is the right 'fit' for the business.

What have you found hard about the role?

As I have started from scratch, there is a lot to learn.  There is a lot of pressure involved, as making sure your hitting your targets is very important, and this can be stressful at times, but it is very rewarding when you do. It's such a buzz as well! There is so much job satisfaction that comes with a recruiting role. There are monetary rewards, a great work/life balance with this organisation and of course, once you hit those targets, an increase in your self esteem and the pride of a job well done.

What are you most enjoying about your new job?


The variety in the role - every day there's a new challenge, also meeting the lovely team who've made me feel so welcome.  Sellick Partnership have six offices nationwide so getting the chance to meet other teams in the business has been great. Having Jo Sellick as my direct manager has inspired me, it's great being able to work so closely with someone who has so much experience in the industry and has done so well.

What have you learnt so far? And is there anything you're keen to learn more about.

How to prioritise my work load. There is always so much to do when you work in recruitment and some days your plan for the day can go completely out of the window if a job is called in or you find a new lead which needs working on.

I have learnt a lot about the finance sector and am keen to learn more and gain as much knowledge as I can so I can improve my work. Knowing what's going on in the sector you're recruiting for is vital! The focus in the North East is to concentrate on transforming  the region into a knowledge driven, high skilled  economy.

What are future plans for a career at Sellick Partnership?

I hope to become a consultant within the Newcastle team sooner rather than later.  On a more personal level, I want to learn more about social media and developing my own personal brand, so that I can be the best I can be in my field. I am also looking forward to attending all of the accounting and finance events we have lined up, in order to network and search out the next big talent.

Does Kathryn's role sound like it could be for you? We're recruiting for resourcing consultants in Leeds and Manchester. Visit our Work for Us site
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