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The role of a Recruitment Consultant is one that requires great communication skills, the ability to build and manage strong relationships, as well as an abundance of resilience.

Taking on a career in this ever-changing industry means being challenged every day, adapting to situations efficiently and helping people to make some of the most important decisions of their lives.

With that in mind, could this be the career for you?

Here, we have spoken to some of the newest recruits at Sellick Partnership to find out what encouraged them join, as well as some of the most rewarding and challenging parts of their recruitment roles.

Ella Mason

Role: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

Specialism: Legal Private Practice

Office: Leeds

Prior experience: 14 months

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How did you become interested in recruitment?

After being made redundant from my job during the pandemic I took a step back and tried to think about my skills/the things I enjoyed and how I could apply these to a career. I consider myself a people person, and so recruitment naturally seemed like the next step for someone who enjoys meeting new people and building relationships.

What was it about Sellick Partnership that convinced you to take a role here?
After doing some research on the company and coming into the office for my interview I could tell it was a company that really cared about employee wellbeing. I felt that they wanted their employees to succeed, not just for the company’s benefit, but for the individual’s benefit. Lots of companies sell you the dream, but I felt Sellick Partnership really meant it - and they’ve definitely proven that in the time I’ve been here.

What are the best things about your role?

My team for sure! Since starting everyone has been so lovely and really helped to advise me on becoming a better recruiter. I’m always asking questions so I can learn as much as possible!

What is the most challenging part of working in recruitment?
I think starting out can be hard, it takes time to find your feet in any new role, but in locum legal recruitment it is so important to build a good network of candidates and clients. The most important thing is to keep up a positive attitude and not let set-backs affect you.

Outside of your job, what else do you enjoy about Sellick Partnership?
I think everyone in the company looks forward to the companywide events. I also really enjoy our team nights out and making plans with my colleagues – a few of us have even booked a holiday together. I also love that Sellick Partnership gives everyone the opportunity to attend external events like awards.


Jake Winship

Role: Recruitment Consultant

Specialism: ICT & Digital Technology

Office: Newcastle

Prior experience: Two and a half years

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How did you become interested in recruitment?
After coming home from the States, I was guiding other young athletes through the process of getting a scholarship and talking to different universities and it had similarities to recruitment. I realised that I could do something similar and make more money.  

What was it about Sellick Partnership that convinced you to take a role here?
After speaking with the team during the interview process it seemed like a no brainer. I got a real understanding of how much they were all invested in the business and the amount of opportunity that is available here is massive. Everyone wants you to do well and progress as much as possible.

Do you remember placing your first candidate and how did that feel?
I remember my first permanent placement. It is a great feeling when they say yes because of the amount of time you spend going through the process with each candidate. The first thing I did after was double check the fee, knowing I would be taking home a portion of the fee as commission was a real morale boost.

What’s your biggest achievement to date in your role as a Recruitment Consultant?
Receiving the award for Newcomer of the year at our End of Financial Year Awards. This is an annual opportunity for Sellick Partnership to celebrate all the successes from the previous year.  


Chinyere Clarke

Role: Resourcing Consultant

Specialism: Legal Private Practice

Office: Leeds

Prior experience: Six months

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How did you become interested in recruitment?

Honestly, it was suggested to me as a possible career by a friend of mine when I finished my masters and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had no previous knowledge about recruitment as a job or even what it truly entailed, but after researching it sounded really interesting and I felt I had some good transferable skills to potentially be successful.

What are the best things about your role?

The team I work with in Leeds 100%. I felt settled in as part of the group almost immediately, which is usually difficult for me as I can take some time to open up. They’re all so lovely and really want us to succeed as a team, not every man for themselves.

What is the most challenging part of working in recruitment?

For me it has been accepting the fact that even if you try your absolute hardest, sometimes things just don’t work out…and that is ok! As long as you have done your absolute best, and you don’t let it get you down and affect your performance. You have to pick yourself up and power on!

Do you remember placing your first candidate and how did that feel?

This was really recently actually, the first candidate I placed all on my own. It was such a lovely feeling knowing I had gotten her such a fantastic role on a salary that she never expected, with benefits perfectly suited to her. She even sent me a card and a gift which was really touching. The whole thing motivated me to push myself harder to be able to achieve more placements in the future.


Jack Williams

Role: Recruitment Consultant

Specialism: Actuarial

Office: Liverpool

Prior experience: 11 months

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What was it about Sellick Partnership that convinced you to take a role here? What attracted you to Sellick Partnership?

The team, the people and the work-life balance on offer. I met my Manager Austin Brislen and the other people in the team and was sold by the culture and the friendliness of everyone.

What are the best things about your role?

Probably the feeling of placing a great candidate in a role they are really happy with.

What is the most challenging part of working in recruitment?

Management of a number of recruitment processes at the same time – you could potentially have over five candidates interviewing at the same time for different roles. 

Outside of your job, what else do you enjoy about Sellick Partnership?

Sellick Partnership have a great social space outside of work, including team nights out and various events through the year including an annual teambuilding trip.


Brogan Connolly

Role: Recruitment Consultant

Specialism: Legal Public Sector

Office: Manchester

Prior experience: 10 months

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How did you become interested in recruitment?
Whilst travelling/living in Australia, I started working in a recruitment company assisting with recruitment projects for their public sector clients. This role was a basic administration role, but it gave me a really good insight into the 360 cycle of recruitment.

What was it about Sellick Partnership that convinced you to take a role here?
Whilst interviewing for a number of recruitment companies in Manchester, Sellick Partnership definitely stood out as somewhere that I could progress in my career. I met with other companies and a lot of the interview conversation revolved around hitting targets, social benefits of the role, i.e. trips to Ibiza/drinks in the office.

Although Sellick Partnership does set targets and offer great social events throughout the year, it was clear that the development of their employees is at the heart of what they do. This made the business stand out compared to the other companies and I could see myself building a career here.

What are the best things about your role?
The people. Everyone is always happy to help if you need something, whether they are in your team or in a separate department. It’s a really friendly atmosphere and I always enjoy coming into the office and catching up with everyone. 

Do you remember placing your first candidate and how did that feel?
I remember feeling really nervous as I wasn’t sure if she would accept. She did, and I remember being so excited. I instantly tried to calculate how much commission I would make and it really motivated me to start building up my billings. 

What’s your biggest achievement to date in your role as a Recruitment Consultant?
My biggest achievement would be my promotion from Resourcing Consultant to Recruitment Consultant within my first three months at Sellick, aided by the support from the wider team. The majority of our roles are within local government on our team, however in 2021/22 we have expanded into other public sector organisations, and we have almost hit our yearly target for non-local government placements in the first quarter of 2022.  


Jessi Pabla

Role: Recruitment Consultant

Specialism: Finance & Accountancy & Procurement 

Office: Derby

Prior experience: None before working at Sellick Partnership

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​What was it about Sellick Partnership that convinced you to take a role here?
I was attracted to Sellick Partnership because of the culture. I’ve been part of companies before where you are merely just a number and not cared about. Here, from the initial conversation, I could sense that the company was more than making money, it was caring about employee wellbeing.

What are the best things about your role?
I love the fact that it is so versatile – your desk is like your own little business! The success is down to you. I love being able to build relationships with both candidates and clients and make the process refreshing.

Do you remember placing your first candidate and how did that feel?
Absolutely! I was thrilled. I am someone who lacks confidence until I start seeing results/achieving so it felt very reassuring and gave me the boost I needed. It showed me that, for someone who hasn’t done recruitment before, I can do this!

Outside of your job, what else do you enjoy about Sellick Partnership?
I feel strongly about the values Sellick Partnership has. I am grateful for the fact that I can get involved with helping and raising money for charities, that there is support and understanding for mental health and that you are supported within your career progression. 

Very importantly, I love the culture and social aspect – I don’t see my colleagues as people I work with – but as my friends and I feel lucky that I get to work with them. Everyone seems to share similar values, mindsets and goals and it feels great to be part of a passionate and motivated team. Whenever we have a team night out, you’re always guaranteed the best time because everyone is super fun and makes the effort.


If you are considering a career move, or would like to take advantage of the ever-changing world of recruitment, get in touch today on 0161 834 1642 or visit our Work for us page which provides details of all our available roles. 

Alternatively, you can contact our internal recruiters on the details below: 

Simon Briffa - 07715 416009 - LinkedIn profile

Emma Phillips - 07435 810270 - LinkedIn profile