While Su Lee can’t ride a bike (yet), she has plenty to pass on to the younger generation. Since her start as an intern in DY&R, she’s spent time at agencies like Batey and JWT, building valuable experience, and invaluable empathy. Empathy that helps her go beyond putting butts in seats, creating human alchemy by matching candidates to companies with values that will maximise their potential, and vice versa.
Su Lee won’t ask you where you’ll see yourself in 5 years. She’ll tell you where you’re best suited to be now. Once she gets to know you, she gets to work finding out where your skills will be best appreciated, and most importantly, where you’ll be happy.
Su Lee’s start in recruitment (surprise, surprise) was through James at Aquent in 2007, where she found her true passion: opening doors for people. And as is our policy at JKK, she leaves the door slightly ajar, checking constantly to see that her clients and candidates have not only made a match, but that they have also settled in well. The journey doesn’t end there. Su Lee savours seeing placements she’s made thrive in their organisations, toughing it out through the ups and downs, and eventually even leading in senior roles.
When Su Lee isn’t opening doors, you’ll probably find her busy opening bottles of red for happy hour. And, as they say, it’s always happy hour somewhere in the world…
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“If you are looking for Su to place you for a job, don't. She's not interested in just securing a job for you. She sets her heart to planning for your career instead.”
“JKK has been amazing. We're rapidly growing in APAC and briefs are coming in fast, so looking for the right candidates has been tough.”
“You seldom meet someone as resourceful and resilient as Su Lee.”
“Su Lee will deliver you what you need, and then some.”
“Su was very approachable and professional when handling my recruitment process.”
If you are looking for Su to place you for a job, don't. She's not interested in just securing a job for you. She sets her heart to planning for your career instead. In a world of numbers, Su doesn't treat you as yet another candidate primed to be milked. She cares for you as a human being and looks out for your interests, not hers.
JKK has been amazing. We're rapidly growing in APAC and briefs are coming in fast, so looking for the right candidates has been tough. Su really dug deep, found out about our style and matched the right candidates for us. They were perfect. She didn’t just push any other candidates, just those that were tailored for us. We love working with the team at JKK as they really know what's right. Our work philosophy in VM is about finding the right people, and Su and the team at JKK found us the right candidates. We love them.
You seldom meet someone as resourceful and resilient as Su Lee. I've known her for more than a decade, and – when we're not laughing uncontrollably or exchanging memorable anecdotes – she remains a dependable career confidante and ally to the creative cause.
Su Lee will deliver you what you need, and then some. In my years of interacting with her, she has always had a deep, empathetic understanding of what an agency needs, and is always able to deliver on that. And on top of that, she's a joy to work (and drink) with too.
Su was very approachable and professional when handling my recruitment process. She was lovely, and was there to help me every step of the way. She always has my best interests at heart too! I would highly recommend her to friends searching for a new job!
People know me for my cheerfulness.
A job I’ve had that nobody knows about is decorating Christmas trees at Living Quarters.
When I was 12, I wanted to be a palaeontologist.
In 10 years, I see myself living on a farm, surrounded by Golden Retrievers.
My favourite time of day is happy hour (which is essentially any time I see fit!).
To keep up with the industry, and stay current, I read, read, read – anything and everything design, tech, and industry-relevant.
My personal hero is my mother.
My favourite song is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.
The last person I spoke to on the phone was the Food Panda delivery guy.
My personal theme song is “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips.
My drink of choice is wine.
The best career advice I’ve ever received is you’re not indispensable.
I’m currently reading “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell.
My favourite book is “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.
The worst interview question is where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The one talent I wish I had is singing.
My pet peeve is people who can’t distinguish between “you’re” & “your” and “it’s” & “its”.
Cat or dog? Cat AND dog!
If I wasn’t a headhunter, I would be a writer!
The top 3 things on my bucket list are meeting Barack Obama, learning to ride a bicycle and doing the Sound of Music tour!
My biggest fear is anything with scales (e.g. fish, snakes, armadillos etc).