Hello, I am Nicole E. Lellek, your executive search consultant and creator of NEL Career Services. Welcome to the space where it gets a bit more personal than “just business” and where I share a bit more about myself.
“Nobody Wakes Up To Be An Executive Search Consultant “
Many years ago, somebody told me that nobody wakes up and decides to be an Executive Search Consultant. Or, as people prefer to say – a “headhunter.” (A term I prefer not to use myself.) Back then, it rang true for me. Growing up, I had no idea that this profession even existed. I grew up in a family that vividly discussed politics over the dinner table. Nobody ever got approached by an executive search consultant. Some of my family members would have loved to see me join a political party. But it never was any of my interests. Instead, I observed styles of communication and consequently started to study linguistics. More precisely, communication and communication models. In hindsight, a great asset for my later career.
From Business Consulting To HR
And then there was the day when I noticed that studying languages wasn’t enough. Sure, it was great, and I loved it. But I knew I had to learn about business, too. So I saved some money and spent it on education besides my regular curriculum. I started my first job at a business consulting company a short time later. Here my knowledge about communication came in handy. The company specialized in consulting and training sales teams. And sales conversations are very much about communication. And knowing people. Something which has always come to me naturally.
I stayed in business consulting for five years before realizing that I was at the end of what I wanted to learn in that field. It was time to move on. Looking for a new job, I came across an HR Manager role. In hindsight, another stepping stone to what I am doing today. I learned everything about HR administration in this role until I realized that I wanted to specialize. A short time later, I found my first job in executive search.
From HR To Executive Search
I was so fortunate to work for more than one industry from day one. Over the years, I must have served six or seven different ones. However, I quickly discovered my favorites I still work for today. Another point that differentiates me from other consultants is that I work across the European Union as long as I am in the business. Over the years, I established connections in Western and Eastern Europe, and I developed a good feel of where to fit good candidates for which industry and how they can make a great fit personally and culturally.
What Else Inspires Me?
I started my career as a consultant, and today, I am still am a consultant. I don’t want to do any other job. And, it is not that I haven’t had a look at what else I could do. I realized I was already creating my “career dream.” So I keep it evolving.
My job allows me to get to know many different people from different industries. And I love meeting new people! I love learning and witnessing more about how other people create their life and career. And, there are so many different ways available now. And what I love even more is bringing the right people together so that they can create something greater. It’s great to see when “people click.” When there is this spark when people realize, “Yes, we can do something together.” I love progress. I want to see people and organizations thrive. I want to see YOU and YOUR organization thrive! And If I can support you – great!
Qualifications & Interests:
For the full CV, please refer to LinkedIn.
- Master of Arts (M.A.) in German Studies, focused on corporate and political communication)
- Five years of experience as a Business Consultant
- 15+ years of experience as Executive Search Consultant
- Certified Burnout Prevention Consultant (additional knowledge in building resilience, overcoming limitations, and more.)
- German/English bi-lingual, additional knowledge in French, Spanish & some Italian
- Interests: Nature & Sustainability, Modern Architecture, occasional stone carving
- Get in touch via mail.