How did you get into the recruitment industry?
I completed a degree in Retail Marketing where I embarked on a year placement at Marks & Spencer’s, after that I joined the graduate scheme. I decided that I wanted a change, so a friend recommended recruitment so I joined a company as part of their consumer team. It still wasn’t the right fit for me so I left and founded ‘Seven Search and Selection’ 20 years ago and haven’t looked back since!
How has the industry changed while you’ve been working in it?
What I do on a day-to day has not changed – I am finding jobs for people and people for jobs but the technology change has been massive. When I started advertising in newspapers it was a key tool, but today it is all done online mainly through LinkedIn.
Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman? If so, how did you overcome them?
Yes, unfortunately when I started in recruitment the first company I joined, I was the first female consultant – this was 22 years ago and the culture was very male – orientated. I just focused on getting my head down and doing a good job.
Why do you think diversity in the workplace is important?
It is so important as it provides a diverse range of views, skills and ideas which ultimately creates a wider community which creates a culture where people want to progress with a business and people want to join the organisation.
Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day?
Unfortunately women in some circumstances are not on a level playing field, this day ensures there is a focus on parity and equality. It is also extremely important to celebrate women’s achievements.
What has been your career highlight so far?
The transfer of ownership of Seven from myself to and my business owners to an employee owned trust. This has given our employees a fantastic opportunity