30 Apr 15 Staff corner

William Ullyott



Welcome to our brand new “staff corner”, where we will be introducing you to the Burns Sheehan team.



It’s a very exciting time here at Burns Sheehan as we are currently experiencing a period of immense growth in the team and are always looking for great people to join us. If you are looking for a new opportunity to join a fast growing recruitment team, then get in touch! 



Will Ullyott joined us 18 months ago.




William Ullyott





As one of the first guys to join the Infrastructure team, Will is a solid member of the Burns Sheehan team and is used to wearing a lot of different hats within infrastructure technology recruitment. He recruits Technology Consultants, Business Change Managers, Programme Managers, Solutions Architects… pretty much any role in infrastructure that is focused on strategy and business change. As the infrastructure team is growing, he’ll find a more niche specialism.



Will is quite an aloof character and probably the most chilled out guy in the room, but there’s another peculiar side to this chap. He eats roast chicken and spinach almost every day, and he has a thing for destroying toys. Any cute little knick-knack left unguarded on your desk has a 86.7% chance of being torn into pieces by Will. He just doesn't know his own strength.





Don’t believe me? Look at this…



Bullhorn bull remains

The remains of a Bullhorn 'bull' after William's attack





I decided it was time to sit down with the man himself...




So Will, how did you come to work for Burns Sheehan?

Well, to be honest I wasn’t keen on recruitment when I was looking for my first job. It wasn’t an area I wanted to go into and I’d heard plenty of horror stories that had put me off. So I was interviewing for a number of sales positions, but then a rec-to-rec convinced me to come down here to meet JT, Burnsie and Fleur and it seemed good. It felt like the right company and culture for me and had a completely different feel to other recruitment or sales companies, so I decided to go for it. I’m glad I did!




Who would play you in a film and why?

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Because he’s an awesome actor (laughs). That’s not the real answer, it’s just because he’s ginormous.




What is your biggest pet hate?

Either arrogance or stupidity, which is strange because most people say I’m arrogant and they’re probably right.




Can you tell me about something that has recently inspired you?

I saw a guy in the gym who only had one leg and was an absolute unit. He’s inspiring for me. He really shows that no matter what happens in life you can choose what to make of it. You can either get into a victim mentality or you can overcome whatever was thrown your way.



What is the best thing about recruitment?

You are the master of your own destiny. There’s always an element of luck but you can be as successful as you want to be and can approach recruitment in your own way.




What’s the worst thing?

I honestly don’t see any negatives about it. Sure, you can have bad days and there’s the stigma against recruitment, but I actually don’t think there are any massively negative things about being a recruiter.




What’s your success song and why did you pick it?

My success song is "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder. It was my walk-out song when I played in cricket competitions. I’m not sure where it came from, I’ve just always liked the song...maybe it's because you'll always walk with swagger when it's playing in the background. 




Can you tell me something that nobody knows about you..?

I played cricket on Sky a couple of times. That was pretty cool. 




What do you do when you’re not working?

I go to the gym. I don’t go as much as I’d like to…I used to go twice a day – before and after work – and I was a unit. Now I’m a bit of a disgrace. I also play football with my brother and friends.


I’m lucky in that I’m still friends with a lot of people that I knew when I was really young and growing up in Nottingham. We still meet up fairly often and have been on some pretty epic holidays. We’ve been to Portugal, South Africa a couple of times and last year we went to Tomorrowland.




If you had to go to a desert island what would you take with you?

A squat rack, so my legs will look awesome in the sun.




What is your guilty pleasure?

Food in general. I definitely have a sweet tooth... I can go through 3 milkshakes in one go quite easily. There’s a Red Dog by my flat and I swear they make the best oreo milkshakes in London. I’m a regular there.




What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Maybe…”People buy from people”. If you want to be successful in sales you need to build rapport and relationships with the people you’re working with.




If you were speaking to a student or recent grad who was thinking about getting into recruitment, what would you say to them?

I would say that it’s a really good first job and a good job in general because there’s no set career path; it’s what you make of it. It is like starting your own business, without the huge outlay and risk of setting up your own business. If you have the right qualities and attitude towards the job, you’ll love working in recruitment and can become massively successful.




Finally, can you describe yourself in one picture?



will ullyott


If you’d like to have a chat with Will about your career and what’s on the market, you can connect with him on LinkedIn or email





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