For Volume 3 of #MeetTheFetchies, we’re heading to the top of the tree to introduce you to one of our Directors (and Fetch’s Top Biller!), Dwayne Kelly! Dwayne (or D-Cash as he is affectionately known!) runs one of the most profitable divisions at Fetch – our Temp & Contract team – as well as continuing to be an individual top biller, hands-on manager, and recently appointed Director. If you’re not exhausted just hearing that and need a nap to recover, read on to get to know Dwayne a bit more!
Name: Dwayne Kelly
Time in role: 4 years
Tell us a bit about your career to date and how you got into recruitment.
As is often the case, I fell into Recruitment nearly 10 years ago. I started the Temp/Contract desk with another boutique firm in 2009, having come from a sales background, but with no recruitment experience.
It was a very hard slog back then, with the Melbourne construction industry not really utilising the advantages of White Collar Temp back then, and it’s something that took a good 24 months to really start producing any results.
After spending nearly 6 years at that agency and growing a desk that started from literally zero to being the highest billing desk for 3 years straight, I decided it was time for a new challenge.
I met up with John who had started Fetch 2 years earlier and had 3 other guys working for him at the time, out of what seemed to be a tiny broom closet on Queens Rd. He talked me through his vision for growth, so I decided to come over and start the Contract Desk for Fetch Recruitment, and really the rest is history.
4 years later I am still running a temp and contract desk as well as being fortunate to lead a team, and more recently becoming a Director.
We’re no longer working out of a broom closet, have grown to a team of nearly 35, and have recently opened our 2nd office in Sydney.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Fetch?
It’s actually a really simple answer for me working here. As a Director, when we are hiring potential new staff we place a massive importance on ‘culture’ to everyone we consider for a role here. And it shows. We have a great team of diverse, passionate and like-minded people and they make it so easy coming in day to day.
Recruitment can be a tough and emotional job. It makes it easier when you are going through those emotions with people who you consider as family.
What’s one thing you wish people knew about recruitment / your industry?
NO – we don’t just put up a job ad, wait for all these AMAZING candidate’s to apply and simply hit a send button with there CV attached to clients followed shortly by a 5 figure invoice!
Recruitment is a tough profession. It takes resilience, persistence, determination and a hell of a lot of skill to do what we do. There is a reason why a good majority of people don’t last their first 12 months in a recruitment position. But for the people that do make it past the 12 month mark, there’s little doubt they have all of the qualities listed above.
Number 1 career highlight to date:
Becoming a Director at Fetch Recruitment.
Your life mantra is:
If you’re not first, you’re last.
Which celebrity would play you in the movie of your life?
If you were on death row, what would be your last meal?
One of my mother in law’s amazing Cheese & Charcuterie boards she is always knocking up on the weekend, accompanied by a bottle of Grange.