Sandra Karamitelios

Meet our Founder & Director

Sandra Karamitelios is the Founder & Director of Recruitment Central.

With over two decades of experience in recruitment, she is Brisbane’s go-to recruiter when you want a personalised and responsive recruitment process. When businesses need the perfect addition to their team, they trust her expertise and market knowledge.

Sandra possesses this knack of fostering honest relationships with her candidates and clients. She develops her team and ensures they are consistently engaged. She is really the livewire that has everyone at Recruitment Central charged!

We asked Sandra a few questions. Get to know her a little more – her life as a recruiter, personal passions and what fuels her drive for excellence in her profession.

Over two decades as a recruiter. What motivates you to keep going?

I started recruiting in 1998, a little bit by accident, landing an Administration Manager’s role in a recruitment agency. I was hooked when a client first told me that the team member I recruited for their organisation was the best investment ever. That made it all worthwhile. 

This industry is forever changing. Nothing stays the same in recruitment – jobs change, roles change, generations change and ideas change. I love the challenge of adopting the change, learning new industries and continuing to make an impact on our client teams and candidate careers.

I also really love working and I like people so it’s a bit of a no-brainer to be in this industry. Being busy and having challenging projects still motivates me.

What is the best thing about being a recruiter?

Apart from the satisfaction of finding the right job for someone’s career and supporting clients to find the right person for their team, I love the flexibility and variety that recruitment offers.

I have worked with so many different clients and have had the opportunity to discover niche and specialised fields. When it comes to my work, I look at myself as an internal extension of my clients – I make their niche my niche.

You seem to embrace change. Why is that?

“If you choose to look at change in a positive light, it changes you for the better.”

When I started recruiting, technology was much slower. Now, it allows us to respond and act very quickly. Technology allows me to access international job markets. I am a proud member of NPA Worldwide which means I can access niche recruitment markets and candidates from my desk across Australia and internationally.

Personally, embracing technology in our process has enabled me to literally work from anywhere – trackside at a MotoGP, a café in the Greek Islands, as long as there is an internet connection I’m able to work!

Tell us uniquely Sandra stories

I absolutely love motorcycle riding. Riding with my friends and husband, Steve, we are a bit obsessed with collecting motorcycles.

A funny story? While riding the Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina, USA – I met a lovely police officer who believed my story about confusing kilometres with miles when it came to ‘supposedly’ exceeding the speed limit!

I also really love travelling, and always make travel part of my yearly plan. Even though I love to travel I am also a bit of a homebody and really enjoy time out to relax.

What are your plans for the future both personally and professionally?

Growth – In 2020 Recruitment Central had a brand refresh and we expanded our consulting services. Our next five year plan is to continue our expansion into further niche industry sectors. Being able to offer our clients a range of industries to grow their careers and a having a diverse portfolio of services for our clients means we can meet changing business needs. 

Technology Updates – as a self confessed software geek, new tech will always be at the forefront, we were one of the first to offer pre-recorded video interviewing in Brisbane. Online resumes are an area we are exploring along with expanding our support across HR to our clients.

New Markets – As a member of NPA Worldwide, we can now have an established and trusted network of partners across Australia; this membership gives us access to niche recruiters with very deep candidate resources. Our clients have been taking full advantage of our project management offering in this marketplace.

Personally – I’m not overly ambitious in my personal life, enjoying family and friends, reading a good mystery by the pool and riding my motorbike are top of my list. I do love to travel and enjoy a trip most years to visit family in NZ, Greece and Europe. Spending more time exploring the NT and Northern Queensland along with seeing more of Canada and NZ are also big ticks I’d like to cross off my bucket list.


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