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As part of our International Women’s Day Celebrations, we caught up with Julie Calisir, Managing Director at Search Business Support and Call & Contact Centre and one of our very own recruitment role models.

Read her story.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

 My name is Julie Calisir. I'm the Managing Director at Search Consultancy’s Call & Contact Centre and Business Support teams across the UK.

When I'm not at work and at home which often feels like my second full-time job, I'm a wife , and I'm also a mum to a 17 and a 19 year old.

What do you choose to challenge in 2021? 

I choose to challenge in 2021 to seek out and celebrate women's successes, no matter how big or how small. That would be in the workplace or in the personal life. I think it's really important that we all support and celebrate each other and be each other's cheerleaders, through the good and the challenging times. That's my pledge in 2021.

What are you most proud of personally? 

What am I most proud of personally? Gosh, I don't even need to think about it, it’s my family and being able to achieve the work-life balance. As a working mum who travels a lot, it’s really important to balance my family and work life.I feel I’ve succeeded in achieving that balance. My two children who are on their own journey are happy and healthy and making their own good career and life choices. That’s what gets me up out of bed and that's what makes me really really proud.

What are you most proud of professionally?

I’m really proud of my career to date. As a young woman entering the working world, I had great ambitions and lots of drive and determination to be successful. I feel that I've really achieved that but I've achieved that through hard work and effort. 

I’m also really proud of the company that I work for. I love the business, and I love being part of Search Consultancy and feel that I’m part of something great. I’m proud of my contribution to the success of the business and that really inspires me to me to grow and develop further in my career.

I'm also really proud of the people that I work with. I work with many talented individuals who on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis, push themselves professionally to be the best that they can be. Hopefully I've played a part in that and contributed as a mentor and a coach. I would also love to think that as a female leader, I've also inspired others to do what I do and to further develop their career in recruitment.

What needs to change to achieve gender equality in your industry?

I can honestly say that I don't feel that there's any bias in my industry. I would like to think and certainly at Search Consultancy that this is the case from top down. For us, it’s about making sure we bring the right individuals into the company regardless of who or what they are. We're always looking out for those people who display the right behaviours and traits and who we feel would fit into our organisation 

We have just as many successful women in the business as we have men. It's just about the individual and the individual's ability, talent and desire to be successful.

What 3 tips or advice would you give to someone starting a career in your industry?

My top tips for women resonate across most industries and not just the sector that I work in. It's about believing in yourself, working hard, making sure that you challenge yourself, but above all you love what you do. I would also say has been really important to me throughout my career. Also, make sure you surround yourself with positive and also talented individuals who can help and support you, and who you can learn from. They will keep you inspired and motivated to push yourself even further.

Whether you're just starting out in your career or you're an experienced leader, we're always looking for ambitious and inspiring people to join our team. Discover more about life at Searchand let us help you find a career you'll love. Get in touchwith our team today.

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