#ProudConnector Unveiled: Sylvie Gerlo | Legal Recruitment Consultant
What is your role at YouConnect?
I started in October 2021 as a Legal Recruitment Consultant.
What was your previous job?
I worked in the insurance industry and analysed the financial risks of large companies in the Benelux, insuring their director's liability, cyber liability, professional liability, etc. My previous job was sometimes very technical. In my new role, I am looking forward to focus on the human aspect.
What do you think are the most important skills a recruitment consultant should have?
Listening very attentively. I appreciate it when my conversation partner really listens to what I have to say and shows genuine interest.
What makes YouConnect as a company so unique?
The excellent service YouConnect offers to candidates. I experienced this myself during my application and was really impressed.
What is your vision of the future of recruitment?
I think that offering a high-quality service will become even more of a distinguishing factor and also how you deal with digitalisation as an office.
How do you bring efficiency into your working day?
I make a lot of to-do lists.
Are you an early bird or evening person?
An early bird. I have 10 times more energy in the morning than in the evening. Which is very convenient now with a baby at home! On a cold and rainy winter day, I can really enjoy crawling into bed early.
What would you like to do one day that you have never done before?
In 2017, Aleix and I took a long 3-month trip through New Zealand and Australia. That was really nice. We went back to basics and discovered new things every day. I would like to do a trip like that again one day, but then in South America.
What is your dream for the world in general?
Very simple: More kindness and respect. It is very easy, it costs nothing and everyone benefits!
Do you believe in coincidence?
I certainly do! I have experienced many things thanks to coincidences.
Can you give an example?
I always have to think back to our trip to Sri Lanka. On the first day, the photo camera fell off the table and was broken. I was heartbroken but there was nothing I could do. During the second week of the trip, we were having lunch and a man approached us. Apparently, he had, earlier that day and for practice, taken a photo of us sitting on Lion Rock. It was a beautiful photo and the man sent it to us. His photo is now still hanging in our house. I liked this so much because we had not been able to take any nice photos ourselves during that trip (as our camera was broken) and also because it was such an incredible coincidence that this man had taken a photo of us, that we ran into him later during lunch (quite far from the place where the photo was taken) and that he still recognised us.
What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Very traditional: Stracciatella.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Moving to Barcelona. It was a rather impulsive decision under circumstances that were not ideal, but I am so glad I did it. It was one of the best decisions I've made so far.
Do you like to cook or order food?
Order food. Although I love to cook, I somehow never find the time (or I don’t feel like it). My friends in Barcelona often joked about it, according to them I always knew the best take-away restaurants.
What profession did you want to do when you were a child?
Teaching! I used to play school all the time with my imaginary pupils.
What day in your life would you like to do over again?
The birth of our son Marcel and the three days in hospital with just the three of us.
What was your last holiday destination?
In June we went to the Costa Brava in Spain. After a long time, we were able to see our friends and family again who live there. It was great! Because we went in June, we could enjoy empty beaches, quiet terraces, and a pleasant temperature.
What 3 words describe you best?
Go-getter, curious and honest.
What is your favourite spot and what can you find there?
A terrace with sea view, in the sun with a cappuccino or a glass of white wine. I have different favourites at the Costa Brava!
Are you a city person or a country person?
I used to be a city person. I enjoyed having everything nearby: nice restaurants and cafes. But now I can also very much enjoy nature and going for a walk in a quiet and green environment.
What is your favourite city and why?
Barcelona! I have lived there for 8 years and it is a city with so many possibilities: sea, green, culture, mountains, ...