Meet Sarah – Consultant for Technology at Nakama Sydney

Sarah Clayton Sydney


Sarah Clayton

Title: Consultant – Technology

Which Nakama Global office do you work within? Sydney

What sector do you specialise in? Technology covering Contract and Freelance

What are you known for professionally? Being honest with how I work, I’m always upfront and approachable to clients and candidates.

What do you love about recruitment? The fast pace of a contract desk, the downs and then the ups! When something pulls through, when you thought it wasn’t going to, creates a real buzz.

What intrigues you most about your sector? At the moment EVERYTHING! I’m amazed by all the things the candidates are showing me in interviews, cool apps and games they have developed!

What’s the next big development in your sector? IoT –  We’re seeing a lot more roles in developing apps which are focused on Technologies that speak to each other – essentially giving users the ability to control their homes from their mobile.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in your city? Jet boating around the harbour on my first day in Sydney!

What would be impossible for you to give up? Chocolate! (of course!)

What is your social media channel of choice? Facebook

Any hidden talents/hobbies you want to let us know about? I did an art degree back in the UK and still like to have a dabble now!

If you’d like to speak to Sarah at Nakama Sydney about a role in Technology or you have a vacancy and looking for specialist talent  – get in touch by emailing

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Meet Ash Budden – Nakama Sydney’s Senior Consultant – Client Services & Digital Marketing

Ash Budden Sydney

Name:  Ash Budden    

Title: Senior Consultant

Which Nakama Global office do you work within? Sydney

What sector do you specialise in? Client Services, Digital Marketing, Social, Online Acquisition and Strategy

What are you known for professionally? Larrikin, Loud, Approachable

What do you love about recruitment? PEOPLE, the fast-paced ever changing environment

What intrigues you most about your sector? The emergence and continued evolution of digital, innovation and tech. In addition, it’s always interesting to notice trends in the market around how businesses are slowly, but surely, moving in to digital.

What’s the next big development in your sector? Even though ‘disruption’ is a very commonly used term in the industry, the reality is that digital will eventually be the ‘only’ way to move forward. With the ever-changing market, and the evolution of digital, there is bound to be innovation on a scale that we haven’t yet witnessed, or envisaged! 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in your city? Track days on my Ducati and Skydiving

What would be impossible for you to give up? Football!! The one youonly use your feet to play!

What is your social media channel of choice? Facebook, however, over the last few years, LinkedIn has definitely come in at a very close second.

Any hidden talents/hobbies you want to let us know about? Massive football fan, motorcycle enthusiast, travelling, movie and beach buff. Also able to consume copious amounts of coffee!

If you’d like to speak to Ash Budden – Consultant – Client Services & Digital Marketing about a role E: or P: +61 (2) 9221 0060

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Our Sydney team is growing: Meet Dan – Consultant for Social Media & Digital Client Services


What were you doing before joining Nakama in Sydney? 

I spent five years in end-to-end retail recruitment. Previous to that I was in the hospitality industry for 12 years!

Why did you choose to move to Sydney?

I chose Sydney because I wanted a lifestyle change. The people are really friendly, there’s so much to do and I get to live by the beach with year round great weather. What else do you need in life?

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done since being in Australia?

I dived the Great Barrier Reef and climbed the Harbour Bridge, two things I’ve wanted to do for a really long time. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so I really want to go bungie jump and maybe even a parachute jump might be on the cards sometime soon!  Also you can’t come to Australia and not try surfing. I’ve also bumped into many kangaroos, which never gets old but still yet to catch a Koala.

What was the hardest part about leaving England? 

Leaving my friends and family behind was pretty hard but I think leaving Casper my Labrador was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Oh and the cat but I don’t think she really misses me all that much.

Why did you decide to enter Recruitment & what do you love about it now? 

It was a complete accident a Resourcer job I took turned into a career in Recruitment.  Once I started Recruitment I loved meeting so many new people every day. Plus you’re always learning regardless of how long you’ve been recruiting and generally every day is different.

What are you known for professionally? 

The person who is really loud & keeps people entertained in the office. Aside from this I like to keep candidates on side and have their best interests at the forefront. I had a great desk in retail and it was always nice to have a lot of them come back to see me or recommend me to others.

What are you doing when you’re not working? 

I’m usually out socialising, at the gym or at the beach seeing as it is at the end of my road. I love my films as well and although the music scene in Sydney is not as good as the UK theres nothing better than live music. 

What would be impossible for you to give up? 

My friends!! What else do you have if you don’t have friends?? Besides them ice cream is probably a very close second.

If you’d like to speak with Dan about a role in Social Media or Digital Client services – email:

Introducing your Social Media Team, Where to Start…

I can’t count the amount of times I am asked “where do I start with introducing a Social Media team to my business?” and

“What’s everyone else doing and how do I get started with this?”

I understand the world of Social Media is scary enough – let alone the thought of employing a team to run it for you. But let’s face it, we’re in 2015! We are reaching a point where social media isn’t a nice to have; it’s a need to have. In today’s digital space, if you don’t have a social media team or at least outsource your social media then you don’t actually exist in the virtual world.

Once you’ve justified your need for a social media team, you need to know where to begin to introduce the right team to your business. As a recruiter in this area, I meet different shaped and sized companies every week, large, small, quirky and straight. I understand a one step process for creating your dream team does not exist, however the insights below should fit most teams and help you find the best people to run this space for you.

The most important thing to remember when starting your team is to find the right people who are truly head over heels passionate about Social Media and your company! Once the passion is there, things become a lot easier. These individuals will be your largest advocates as the voice of your brand and products, they need to have the ability to understand and learn a lot of information. A successful Social Media specialist needs to embrace the high level of customer service that this role encompasses and showcase their willingness to go above and beyond their normal call of duty. Their main role at the end of the day is to make sure your followers and customers are happy and captivated.

A very good place to start your team is by initially hiring one person who is able to fulfill more than one social task. This person can create the social tone, voice and the direction of the business, and your team can grow from here. When considering this approach you need to keep in mind that this person would be taking on a rather large, full load and a smart way to work around this would be to limit or restrict the number of platforms you initially cover ensuring your Social Media Manager is always on top of posts and responds promptly. When deciding which platforms to start your Social Media journey with, your target audience and desired tone of voice should highly influence your decision.

A crucial point to keep in mind when building your social team is to find team members who are flexible and well versed in more than one social platform. Even though many people claim to be Social Media experts and enthusiasts, just because they use Facebook and post selfies on Instagram does not instantly make them capable of creating a business Social Media presence. You can easily test potential candidates on current trends and their ideas to quickly find out if their passion and knowledge is credible.

Care, coupled with creativity and positivity will create a fantastic social team, who will guide your business in creating its online voice and getting the right message across to your targeted audience.

Michaela Kennedy is our Nakama Sydney Social Media & Digital Client Services Consultant.

 If you’re looking for a new role, or help setting up your social team, Michaela can be reached +61 (0) 432 220 289 or