Meet the Team | Senior Talent Manager Nicola Stewart

06 September 2021

Tell us a bit about yourself outside of recruitment…

I’m originally from Scotland and have been in NZ for 11 years. I’ve always been interested in what makes people tick, which is probably why I got into recruitment in the first place, so I have a degree in psychology and a graduate diploma in psychotherapy - I find people endlessly fascinating! I love to knit – scarves, shawls, hats you name it! I’m also a huge animal lover and have a cat and a wee puppy.

How long have you been in recruitment, and how did you get into it?

I lived in Leeds for a while with a friend who was interviewing for recruitment jobs so thought I’d give it a go too, and the rest is history. I’ve been in recruitment for over 15 years, with the vast majority being in IT recruitment, although my first recruitment job was sourcing people like range wardens and gas fitters for the Ministry of Defence in the UK, which was super interesting!

Why did you join BrightSpark?

Lisa and I worked together for many years at another agency so I was excited to get the opportunity to work for her in her own venture. BrightSpark is all about the people and it’s great to get the opportunity to work with smaller companies and start-ups, which you don’t always get in bigger agencies.

What do you love most about recruitment?

I love getting to speak to a huge range of people on a daily basis and helping them navigate the twists and turns that come with changing roles. I especially love the pace of recruiting for contract roles and the ongoing relationships you develop with your contractors.

What do you love most about technology?

 I love that it’s always changing and evolving – my bread and butter at the start of my career was recruiting mainframe developers and now it’s all about Flutter and React – you never have the chance to get bored.

What roles do you enjoy recruiting for the most?

 Traditionally I’ve recruited mainly in the project space – BAs, PMs, project coordinators etc but more recently I’ve recruited in the robotics space and done more of the technical development roles, and I love them all!

What is a random fact about you people might not know?

 I was a competitive disco dancer as a kid, so spent a lot of my childhood covered in fake tan and rhinestones!

What makes you a good recruiter?

 I’d say I’m a bit of an extroverted introvert, which means that I’m good at listening (an underrated skill in recruitment!) and enjoy connecting with people and working out their motivations, which is important when you’re matching people to opportunities.