A few words from Julie:
I have enjoyed working in recruitment over the past 20 years. I started working as a Medical Receptionist during my university studies, and found it fascinating as the medical industry has always interested me. I pursued temping in Brisbane until being offered a Graduate role in recruitment in 1998. I was lucky to find my niche at the age of 23!
I started my own business as a result of the 2001 economic crisis after being made redundant. There were no job opportunities available for me at this time and it forced my hand. In fact, I still have the old door desk which was my first office desk! My work started off from the deck of a Queenslander house which I was renting in Alderley, and I still remember having to move the desk back when it rained because the windows leaked! Eventually, I realised that I needed to take a leap of faith and rent an office. Candidates still say, ‘I remember when you worked from your house at Kedron!’ This certainly had its pros and cons! I didn’t actually live there – it was just my office. It meant I had two houses to clean!
My work has always been driven by my love for helping people fulfil their goals. I am passionate about guiding careers, and still have candidates contacting me who I placed in roles 18 years ago! I am intensively motivated to ensure that people only take a role if it is exactly what they are seeking. I act with complete integrity and always place myself in the job seekers’ shoes. If it isn’t something I would do, I don’t expect someone else to do it.
Being in the recruitment industry, I have seen the highs and lows, having met many people and employed many staff myself. Over the years, I have seen how the generations have changed! Medical has changed! Work life balance is the new norm.
I am immensely proud to have owned and operated a successful business in the tough market that is recruitment for 18 years. One of the smartest things I have done (and out of necessity) was starting with nothing and keeping my expenses in check. This has allowed me to offer a service to clients that is based on quality, price and trust! I don’t have expensive offices in the city, but rather, I work from serviced offices. I don’t feel pressured to make placements and this makes my work life more pleasurable.
I am married to a GP in Private Practice in Newmarket (Dr Eddie Lee) and we have two primary school aged children. They are our greatest achievement. In my spare time, I enjoy playing netball (actually slightly addicted to it) and also going to the gym. My weekends are spent with my family and recovering from our busy working weeks.
I hope to meet and help many more people in this growing industry. It is my passion to see people fulfil their career goals, and I absolutely love what I do!