Seldon Rosser welcomes Nick Kabiotis to the team.
Nick joins Seldon Rosser as a consultant and is recruiting assistant, coordinator, executive and manager level roles in marketing, business development and communications. Based in Sydney, Nick will recruit for Seldon Rosser’s clients across Australia and Asia.
Having previously worked at Herbert Smith Freehills in Tokyo, Nick brings a first-hand understanding of business development in professional services, as well as a network of contacts in Asia. Nick has broader experience in sales as well as coaching from his time as a personal trainer.
Here’s our Q&A with Nick to help you get to know him.
Tell us something people might not know about you.
There are a few things.
- I’m originally from the US, although after hearing me talk it shouldn’t come as a surprise. My dad is Australian, and we moved to Australia when I was 14 years old.
- One interesting fact that tends to surprise people is that I used to be a lot heavier than I am now. I weighed nearly 110kgs after I finished high school, but then decided I wanted to make healthier lifestyle choices, joined a gym and lost over 30kgs over the next couple years.
- I’ve cycled from Brisbane to Canberra (1600km), and also from Gold Coast to Sydney (1100km) as part of a charity event, raising money to help children living in extreme poverty.
- I also have a small Tibetan spaniel named Teebo, who I am always happy to share photos of.
What is your career background?
- Not long after high school, I studied health and fitness to become a personal trainer. After going on my own fitness journey, I decided that it would be nice to help other people with reaching their own health and fitness goals.
- From there I moved into sales, spending a couple years at Vodafone.
- After doing some international travel, I decided I wanted a change of scenery and went to Japan on a working holiday. I was given a very good opportunity to join Herbert Smith Freehills’ BD team in Tokyo, working there for just over three and a half years.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
My dream as a kid in the US was to be a professional ice hockey player. As I got older, I remember wanting to be a chef, then a teacher, a fitness trainer, then a physio / chiropractor. In more recent years I came to the conclusion that I want to do something that positively impacts the lives of others.
How did you get into recruiting?
Seldon Rosser was assisting me in searching for opportunities in Australia as a BD professional. I really enjoyed my experience with them. I found everyone in the team to be very genuine and committed to helping me find a role that would suit me best. It turned out that joining the team at Seldon Rosser was the best fit, and I’m very pleased with that result.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I love sports, whether it’s playing, watching or reading about it. I play ice hockey, touch rugby, squash and like to snow ski but I will always give other sports a go.
I’m also quite social and enjoy opportunities to meet friends or go places where I can network and meet new people.
What are your tips for candidates looking at moving overseas?
- Look for opportunities to make friends. Whether it’s joining a sports team or other interest groups. For me personally, the hard part about moving is not knowing anyone. In Tokyo, I made friends through joining the local ice hockey community and continued to grow my circle from there.
- Explore in your free time and try new things. There are many exciting things to see and do in a new country and helps you familiarise yourself with your surroundings. You might not like everything you try. For example, I tried raw chicken sashimi in Japan! But you’re bound to come across many amazing things you never would have tried otherwise.
- Immerse yourself in the culture and learn the local language. It will make your experience much more enjoyable if you embrace the local culture, and learning the language – as time consuming as it is – makes everything so much easier. Respecting and learning about how people live their day-to-day lives, their values and business culture will take you far in your career.
Talk to Nick about job opportunities or recruiting your next business development, marketing or communications professional.