8/8/2017 by Katherine Memery
In August’s edition of Meet the Team, we spoke to Kelly, one of our senior consultants. Topics of conversation included family life, Kelly’s travel aspirations and her career in legal recruitment.
Having joined Realm earlier this year, you’re a relative newbie - how are you finding things?
To be honest it’s strange to think of myself as the Newbie because I feel like I’ve worked here for a while now. I’ve settled in really quickly, and that’s because of everyone here I work with. They’ve really made me feel part of the team from my first day.
Having worked in legal recruitment previously the day-to-day job itself isn’t much different. I’ve always enjoyed the highs and lows of recruitment. However, I’m now working with a smaller number of clients and have more of a narrow focus, which enables me to have a stronger grasp of the roles I’m actively recruiting for and provide both candidates and clients with a more personalised experience.
How did you get into legal recruitment?
I’ve worked in the legal sector throughout my whole career. I began working with a private practice in Altrincham that specialises in Personal Injury. I then started working as a Costs Negotiator with a Costs Consultancy in Manchester.
An opportunity arose to become a Legal Recruitment Consultant and I felt this was the challenge I was looking for where I could still use the knowledge I’d gained over the years. I’ve been a Legal Recruitment Consultant for ten years now!
What do you think is the biggest misconception about recruiters?
That all recruiters are the same! Or that we attempt to shoehorn candidates into roles to make a quick bit of money! We work hard to introduce candidates to opportunities that we feel match their requirements based on detailed conversations we have getting to know them and we manage their expectations throughout the process.
We always speak to candidates about where we are intending to submit their CV to and gain their authority before making those approaches. It can be frustrating to hear of duplicate applications when a candidate has no idea about the vacancy they have been put forward to.
Do you prefer to dress up or dress down?
After working from home for the past couple of years it’s nice to dress up for work and when I’m going out, which is quite rare with having a two and a five-year-old. But most weekends we go to the park and for walks so I mostly dress down.
What was the last film you saw?
Despicable Me 3 was the last film I watched when I took my two to the cinema at the start of the school holidays. It was my daughter’s first time at the cinema and they both loved it!
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Ooh, there are too many places to mention as I’ve not done as much travelling as I’d like. I’d love to visit Australia and experience places such as Dubai. My husband and I plan to go back to Cuba when the kids are older. We went on our honeymoon and it was amazing; visiting Havana, jet skiing and deep sea fishing!
What would you do on your perfect day off?
A perfect day off for me would be a day at the beach in the sun with my family, finished off with some fish and chips and a glass of prosecco, or a few glasses!!!
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