In a new series on the people2people blog, we will be giving readers a chance to meet the people that make up people2people, who share their insights into the world of recruitment and job seeking. Today, we talk to Nicola Sparkes, Manager, Legal Support. Nicola has extensive legal recruitment experience gained both in Sydney and London. Establishing her career with a prominent legal recruiter in London for eight years, Nicola moved to Sydney to open their Sydney office in 2000. In September 2008, Nicola, as a mother of two, moved to people2people to take advantage of the family friendly policies and excellent reputation within the marketplace. Specialising in legal support staff, Nicola works with law firms ranging from top tier to boutique and in house. After nearly 14 years in the Sydney legal support market, not only has she established a strong business network but also many friendships that go beyond the office.
How did you get started in recruitment?
My father ran his own boutique recruitment firm in the UK. As a university student, I earned some cash by helping out with secretarial work. It gave me a taste of the recruitment world early on.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Juggling lots of competing priorities and generally not having enough hours in the day.
Conversely, what’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Still, after many years in recruitment, the satisfaction of meeting the needs of both a client and a candidate, who are both happy and excited about the outcome (and I am too!). Knowing that both sides have found a great match. I really enjoy the follow up visit to gain feedback from both sides – in most cases, the feedback is really positive, but sometimes a minor glitch can be ironed out.
Rugby league or rugby union?
Coffee or tea?
What’s your favourite spot in Sydney?
South Curl Curl Beach.
What’s your most valuable interview tip for job seekers?
Prepare well, and you will feel confident. Make sure research is done, be clear on your motivation for seeking a new role and what your expectations are, and prepare relevant questions.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to employers looking for staff?
Be transparent about the role. Candidates have access to a lot of information and usually research thoroughly. What are the selling points of the role, and are there any downsides?
If you are looking for a legal support job or would like to hire staff, get in touch with Nicola Sparkes by calling 02 8270 9711, following her on Twitter @p2pNicola, connecting with her on Linkedin or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.