Possessing an entrepreneurial edge from the beginning of her career, Melissa knew the Melbourne real estate market would benefit from a specialist recruitment service focusing solely on its specific needs.  With 12 years of experience in sales and management locally and internationally under her belt, she established Real Estate Career Developers (RECD) with the major objectives of bringing together candidate and client, building companies and shaping teams.

Being one of the original and most successful recruiters in the real estate industry, she now boasts 14 years of experience giving her a keen eye for matching people to organisations. She possesses a strong knowledge of the industry and its stakeholders, and is an active supporter of the REIV – something that sets her apart from competitors.

Her focus on strong relationship building is the back bone of her business and reputation.  Her service goes beyond simply candidate resourcing – she provides HR support to both her clients and candidates, and is an active mentor and leader, constantly looking for new ways to set herself apart. Recently she has spent time at an international real estate conference in Hawaii working closely with clients building lifelong relationships.

Guided by her strong moral and ethical focus, Melissa is the recruiter of choice for the real estate industry, working hard to stand out from the ‘cowboys’. She enjoys nothing more than having her past candidates come back to her as clients after reaching the ranks of department managers and partners years down the track, never forgetting how they started.

In her personal time, Melissa is an active fund raiser for HeartKids and the Royal Children’s Hospital aiming to raise awareness and encourage research into congenital heart disease and its causes in children, a cause close to her heart.  She loves to travel and spend time with husband and two girls, Mia and Chloe.


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