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Q&A with Managing Director, Jo Sellick

Q. What was your main motivator for setting up your own recruitment business?

A. I wanted to create a recruitment business that had a unique culture. Prior to setting up Sellick Partnership I had worked for a number of other recruiters and had never really felt that I had been valued as an employee or that my manager had ever really cared about me as an individual.

The success of Sellick Partnership is based on the people that we employ, so for me it is about creating an environment that individuals thrive in and are able to work to the best of their ability. I take the time to get to know all of our employers across the business, assist with their training if required, join in on the various team nights out and offer advice whenever it is required. I love going into the office in the morning, and I want to ensure that all of my employees feel the same.

The success of Sellick Partnership is based on the people that we employ, so it's about creating an environment that individuals thrive in and are able to work to the best of their ability."


Q. What has been a key milestone in the history of the business?


A. Since 2002 the business has enjoyed an exciting journey, with a number of milestones along the way. However I believe that it is the accreditations that we have been awarded that have really stood out for me, and made a difference to our business. We have been extremely selective in choosing the awards and accreditations that we have gone for as I believe that it is about quality and not quantity.  I want the business to be recognised for our commitment to creating an outstanding working culture, staff development and the empowerment of individuals.

Most recently we were honoured to have been recognised as one of the top 100 Best Work Places in the UK by The Great Places to Work ® UK Institute, as well as this, we were listed in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘Hot 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’, achieved Investors in People Silver, and attained ISO 9001 certification – of which I feel demonstrate our reputation for quality and continuous improvement.

I want the business to be recognised for our commitment to creating an outstanding working culture, staff development and the empowerment of individuals."

Q. What one piece of advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in recruitment?

A. Quite simply – pick up the phone. If you don’t you won’t be able to do the job!

Q. What do you think are three most important attributes to be a successful recruiter?

A. For me I would say sense of humour, tenacity and resilience. Recruitment is not an easy career choice, and your success is not guaranteed to happen immediately, it takes time to build relationships with candidates and clients, to create trust and to build your reputation as a credible recruiter – so you need to be patient but persistent along the way.

We promote a natural sales environment which enable individuals to be accountable for their own business areas – and I believe that this has created a really strong team culture that is fun yet hard working.

Q. Why would you say that Sellick Partnership is different to any other recruitment business?
                                                                                                                                     
A. As a business we work hard to be constantly differentiating ourselves in the market both as an employer of choice and as a recruiter. We know that we will never be the biggest recruitment business, but we can be the best – so for me it is about staying ahead of the game, being willing to invest resources and to listen to the feedback that we get from our stakeholders.

I believe in having the ability to constantly evolve, and to not be scared of change – specifically when it comes to technology it is important to adopt the advances that are constantly taking place. It is also key to listen to the feedback from our employees, we do this through a variety of platforms including a quarterly staff form, our annual engagement survey and through their 1:1 reviews – through these channels we are able to implement new initiatives, introduce policies and provide a working environment that generates success and a sense of achievement for everyone.

We know that we will never be the biggest recruitment business, but we can be the best – so for me it is about staying ahead of the game, being willing to invest resources and to listen to the feedback that we get from our stakeholders."


Q. What are you most proud of in your career?


A. For me I think that I am most proud of the longevity of the business. We started back in 2002, and have grown from me working on my own to a team of 75 across the country. My focus has very much been on the retention of our employees, as I know the challenges associated with attracting the very best talent. My Board have been with me pretty much since the first year, and the remainder of the senior management team have all been her for over eight years – which is really quite unique.

The length of service that both our sales teams and central services team have given to the business is really something that I am proud of – our turnover is low for our sector at 14%. It also ensure that are clients and candidates know that they are going to get a consistent service from someone that they can trust, which makes all the difference when it comes to recruitment.


The length of service that both our sales teams and central services team have given to the business is really something that I am proud of – our turnover is low for our sector at 14%."



Q. If you could try another profession for the day what would it be?


A. A politician. If any of you have read any of my blogs you will know that I am passionate about politics and the running of this country.

Q. If the story of Sellick Partnership was made into a film who would play you?

A. Difficult one – and not something that I have really thought about! I think Sean Penn maybe. He is charismatic, durable and levelheaded.
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