Agency Owner Rollercoaster | Jemma Gajic – The importance of a niche, navigating through a pandemic and reflecting on learnings since starting an agency…

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On this episode, I’m joined by Jemma Gajic, Managing Director of Elysian Search.

Originally starting her journey at Harvey Nash, Jemma climbed the ranks as a successful contract recruiter before setting up her first recruitment business. 

Streamline Connections, 13 years later she then took the opportunity to start Elysian Search, which has been operating for just under three years. 

Her journey is an interesting one, as she didn’t take the conventional university route, and took the leap of faith to start her recruitment business at 24. 

For recruiters who are wanting to learn more about navigating through Covid-19, this one’s for you.

For the junior consultants out there, this is a great podcast to listen to if you have aspirations to set up your own recruitment company in the future, as Jemma talks about her key learnings from her experiences over the past 15 years.


How are you finding things during Covid-19? [3:57]

How did you enter recruitment? [5:22]

What was Harvey Nash like? [9:31]

Where did the confidence come from to start your own company? [11:02]

Have you always been a contract recruiter? [14:13]

How did you influence internally regarding your recruitment style? [15:15]

Confidence starting with your partner [20:11]

What happened during that journey that you didn’t expect? [25:00]

How did the business evolve? [27:28]

What did you learn from that period that applies to today? [29:00]

Starting Elysian [31:40]

How much has having a niche given you an impact [36:55]

Saying yes or no? [39:15]
What were your challenges in year one? [40:54]

Key responsibility from an operations manager that will help you [43:40]

How difficult is it doing it on your own this time? [46:00]

What have been your learnings? [48:00]

Screening processes to make hiring slick [50:00]

How have you been affected by Covid-19? [52:48]

How do you think the pandemic is going to affect the recruitment industry? [56:02]

What are you excited to do post-Covid [1:00:09]

What would you say to the people? [1:01:08]

You can connect with Jemma on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jemmagajic/

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