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People behind the brand: Melica Lashley

Jan 26, 2022

In todays edition of People Behind the Brand, the series where you get to know the Orbis team, we sit down with Associate consultant… and musician, Melica Lashley, to talk all things creativity, going beyond the one-dimensional, and her philosophies for life and work.

People behind the brand: Melica Lashley
Tell us about your journey to recruitment:

I fell into recruitment by accident. It wasn’t an industry I’d ever known that much about, hence why I never imagined myself in it. When the opportunity presented itself and I did my research, I remember thinking ‘why did I not think about this before??’.  So far, my recruitment journey has been going well so far, being in tech recruitment I find myself learning new things every day. No day is ever the same


What’s the best part of the job?

The best part of the job so far for me is the feeling of satisfaction of headhunting a candidate and then placing them in the role. I had one candidate who was so grateful and happy, he couldn’t wait to tell his family the great news. That was a good feeling.


What’s the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge so far is time; Recruitment can be unpredictable. You can often feel like there’s not enough time to get everything done in one workday.


What’s something you wish you’d known at the start of your career?

Something I wish I’d known at the start of my career is that your job can be whatever you make it and that we don’t have to be one dimensional. You can be amazing at your job, but it doesn’t have to end there. Who’s to say you can’t be an amazing recruiter, or an amazing chef, or an amazing teacher, but one day wake up and decide you also want to start a fashion blog on the side and be amazing at that too?


In another life… If you weren’t a recruiter, what would you be doing?

This one’s interesting especially as I previously said we don’t have to be one dimensional. In another life if I wasn’t a recruiter then I’d probably be in a field that allows me to help or heal others. In recruitment we help people elevate their careers. In the creative world I believe art can also be a form of healing for those who receive it. So maybe in another life I’d be a teacher or a doctor. I’m a great listener, and quite nurturing.                         


You have such a varied and interesting background – What are some of your memorable roles and the lessons you learned along the way?

One piece of advice I would say that’s stuck with me for years is, “don’t worry about something twice”. I’m quite the overthinker, I’ll often start worrying about something before the outcome has been revealed, then I’ll continue worrying about the outcome. This advice reminds me not to worry about things that I can’t control and not to jump to conclusions. Wait for the outcome, and deal with the results after.


Since joining us in summer 2021, can you describe what life at Orbis has been like?

So far life at Orbis has been great, the team is so supportive and friendly. Orbis really invest in making sure you have the right tools and resources to help you learn and become a better recruiter.


Part of your life outside recruitment is music and you describe yourself as an ‘all round creative’ – Do you think these creative skills transfer into your approach to work?

Definitely, part of being a creative is about networking, maintaining, and building relationships, that’s the only way you’ll really progress in the creative industry. This is such a key part of recruitment; I think having those skills has helped me a lot.

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