Sydney to Silicon Valley (Gareth is on the move with MitchelLake) Posted at 0:00, Thu, 4 August 2016 in Industry Insights

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Prior to joining MitchelLake, my recruitment days were effectively over. Disillusioned, bored and frustrated with an industry blighted with negative experiences and low-quality transactional relationships, I was on the market and looking for more. That’s when I was introduced to MitchelLake and told they were different. “Here we go again” I thought, expecting another ‘Digital’ recruitment business to tell me how they were different.

Needless to say, it was all true. They were different, in a very good way, and despite using a picture of Spongebob Squarepants in my presentation to the Founder and GM during interview (a story for another time), I was offered the job. My reasons for accepting the offer were many and varied, however the attraction was mostly around the WHY. Any fans of Simon Sinek and his Golden Circle  will know what I mean. It was clear during interview (and continues to be clear) that a passion for helping the Australian startup ecosystem and Corporate Innovation sectors is key to what makes MitchelLake tick. This was inspiring and energising from day one.

Starting my recruitment career within Health and Social Care in outer London (yes it was terrible!), then moving to Sydney and focusing on IT Infrastructure, the opportunity to focus on emerging tech and innovation at MitchelLake was perfect! Over the last two years, I’ve been lucky enough to have genuine impact and work strategically with clients from early stage founder teams, through high growth businesses to innovative product teams in enterprise. Along the way, being promoted to managing a small (but awesome) team in Sydney. My time here has given me unique exposure to what it means and takes to partner with tech companies both here and in Silicon Valley.

Given the challenging, rewarding, awesome time I’ve had in this role in Sydney over the past two years, it’s difficult to say goodbye…but say goodbye I must. I’m not going far though. MitchelLake’s global presence and footprint in Silicon Valley is allowing me to spread my wings and fly to the global tech capital of the world to ply my trade. I’ll be leaving behind a great team, excellent and loyal clients and a great network of technology leaders, partners and candidates. I’m confident this won’t all go to waste as we continue to grow in all regions and especially in Sydney where MitchelLake was born.

So the reigns must be handed over to the current and new Lakers as we continue to live our core values of Curiosity, Mindfulness and Partnership in all we do and in all our locations.

After more than 6 years, it’s with a heavy heart I say…goodbye Sydney, thanks for the memories!
USA and San Francisco…here I come!!

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Established now for 15 years, The MitchelLake Group continues to scale up our capabilities to drive global executive search, consulting and talent solutions to the world’s leading technology ventures, major corporate brands and advisory firms. MitchelLake operations now span seven cities, over four continents, and we’re looking for high performing people to join our team to continue our extraordinary growth whilst having some great fun along the way.

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