Ripesh Damania

General Manager

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  2. Ripesh@ashdownpeople.com.au
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Q. Why/ How did you end up in recruitment 

It is a funny story really, I graduated with a degree in Psychology and like all grads I had no clue what I wanted to do. I reached out to a company who did hospitality recruitment for some admin work (I use to work a number of shifts at different sporting venues during my time at University for them) and they offered me a role in recruitment. Through this role I met my wife. She was doing the typical Australian travelling/work stint and I knew at some point she would drag me to Australia kicking and screaming. At that point in 2010, I joined a large global recruitment firm in London with the hope of building up my CV and as chance would have it, they transferred me to Sydney back in 2012. Let’s just say since then I have never looked back…. 

Q. Hobby/ interest outside of work

I have a variety of hobbies. I enjoy playing sports like football, tennis and golf but my number one hobby would be wine colleting. There are dozens of wine producing countries, hundreds of grape varieties, thousands of vineyard regions, tens of thousands of producers … you get the picture! Wines are often intimately associated with the cuisine and culture of the region that they come from, and wine regions/vineyards are often steeped in historical significance with beautiful landscapes. The world of wine is constantly changing. New regions emerge; with each successive generation producers can improve or get worse; fashions come and go; and to top it all, each new vintage shakes things up once more. It is a self-renewing hobby. You get to consume and thus 'experience' the object of your hobby.

Q. Field in which you specialise

I started my career recruiting in Accounting & Finance, since then I have recruited and led businesses across Accounting & Finance, Office Support, Technology, Data Analytics, Sales and now Marcomms.

  • Testimonial 23
    Ripesh has shown what it takes to be a valuable recruiter for a job seeker. He responds quickly to your application by contacting you directly. He discusses your needs as well as sharing with you what you need to know to be able to meet the requirements for the job. You feel you have someone helping you in successfully securing it. If only all recruiters did this.
    Charles Candidate
  • Testimonial 21
    Ripesh was really exemplary in his professionalism and empathetic touch towards me as a candidate and as a person. A fine balance that is difficult to achieve let alone practice.
    Anne Candidate
  • Testimonial 22
    Ripesh was great, he answered the phone which is amazing for a recruiter! He explained the roles clearly to me and I felt he was genuinely interested in getting me a job. I am waiting to see what happens next but my first impression is that he is very professional and impressive.
    Karena Candidate