We have both made a lot of money off each other, so you could say we’re friends with benefits.
Esther has mentored me over the years without my even realising.
Esther is my advertising mum. She takes good care of my thoughts, my fears and my pocket money.
I wouldn’t say I owe my career to Esther, damn it, I actually kinda do.
Never go anywhere without a pen and paper, or an Esther.
I implicitly trust her judgment. Whether it’s for great candidates or sage career advice.
She’s never motivated by the deal, the commission, the headline or the networking opportunity.
A good friend, who is incredibly good at what she does.
Esther knows what you need before you even know what you want.
She cares about the work. She cares about the industry. And even when she really doesn’t need to, she’ll care about you.
Like her martinis, a conversation with Esther about your career is chilled, straight up and always enjoyable.
Esther is what happens when you put a strategist inside a creative inside a recruiter.
She knows the value that diverse talent can bring to a creative department. And she knows where to find them.
When it comes to your career, Esther knows you better than you know yourself. It’s equal parts frightening and helpful.
A woman generous of her advice, time and spirit(s).
How do we clone Esther Clerehan?
I don’t just consider her my recruiter, I consider her my friend.
Before you make a call, call Esther.
Just being seen having lunch with Esther will get you a pay rise.
Step one of any cunning plan: Call Esther.
Esther’s so good she could probably get me a job in a creative department.
Often, Esther knows more about what’s happening in an agency’s creative department than the actual creative department.
When what you're looking for doesn't exist, Esther can somehow conjure it out of thin air.
She tells you exactly what you need to know, to get the job you are after. She’s brilliant.
Esther is an honesty box in a process that can be a dumpster fire dressed in a tuxedo.
Career counsellor and raconteur. Esther is simply the best.
Esther is a complete bitch. But she's my bitch.
Esther takes the bullshit out of advertising.
I’ve known Est for 25 years and she’s never even got me an interview. I conveniently ignore the freelance work.
As well as placing me three times, she has been one of my closest friends for 20 years.
If you're after great creative people or great football tips, Esther is your best bet.
Ordering me a martini and getting me a job – two things I’d trust with no one but Esther.
Apparently, on average Esther places Sydney Swans supporters on 30% higher salaries than supporters of other teams.
She's spectacularly good on all sorts of levels.
I am a Diamond. Esther is a rock.
Love and money. Esther genuinely does it for both.
Esther opens doors that other headhunters don’t know exist.
Esther finds people who are not only very talented, but who fit culturally.
One cannot excel on talent, charm and undeniable brilliance alone. One needs Esther.
Esther is not only passionate about advertising, she’s passionate about martinis. That’s a woman you can trust.
She got me my first job in healthcare. We celebrated it with a lunch that made my kidneys hurt.
I value her opinion and trust her judgment.
My name is Kate. But sometimes Esther calls me by my special nickname "Invoice".
She makes creatives feel a lot more important than we are.
She's better connected than Telstra.
Trust me, you could build a pretty good agency with Clerehan’s help. I did.
The world looks better after a coffee with Esther.
Mum look, I'm on Esthers website.
Behind many great Creative Directors is an even greater woman.
Having Esther in your corner gives you an unfair advantage...take it.
She has a knack for finding a diamond in the rough.
Advertising is the rock’n’roll of business and Esther is the band manager keeping us drunk, employed and happy.
You know you’ll be taken care of when you have Esther in your corner.
She is like a tubular animal bone through which I access a deeper understanding of my surroundings.
Mentor / Confidant / Friend/ Smart / Caring / Loyal / Passionate
Knowing talent is one thing. Matching talent with culture is the real challenge. And no-one does it better than Esther.
The only thing she matches better than creatives and agencies is eyewear and her face.
Esther is refreshingly honest and tells it like it is.
For some sobering advice a martini with Esther is the only way forward.
She will always turn a negative into a positive.
The people Esther doesn’t know aren’t worth knowing. Or they’re complete tools.
One of the few great champions of Australian advertising.
When I get fired I always cry into Esther’s martinis.
One of the many things I love about her is not only how sound her solutions are; it’s how quickly and confidently she produces them.
Ezzy Ezzy Ezzy Oi Oi Oi
A+++ Great seller. Speedy transaction. Would sell myself through her again.
I’ve recommended Esther to all of my friends. She recommends some of them.
If you’re a junior, I’d highly recommend seeing Esther. Unless, of course, you like being a junior.
Esther works miracles. I wouldn't be surprised if she can turn water into martinis.
No one in Australasia has more clout.
Esther treats candidates like brands. Each one with a unique selling proposition that must be discovered, developed and marketed accordingly.
Esther is truly one of a kind (the good kind).
She was the only headhunter at the birth of my daughter.
Est turns ugly duckling creatives into swans.
So well known amongst creatives, she’s mononymous; like Prince, Madonna and Voltaire.
No one has a better understanding of people who love the idea of being misunderstood.
Esther gives a shit. But she doesn’t take any.
The industry would be a scary place without Esther.
Esther was there for the signing of my employment contract and my marriage certificate.
If there were more Esthers, there’d be more women in advertising.
A riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a Sydney Swans scarf.
Like the martini in her hand, Esther is honest, refreshing and known by everyone.
She genuinely cares about people’s careers.
I have never met a recruiter who is more genuinely passionate about, and immersed in our industry, than Esther.
Esther only deals with people she likes, and a lot of people like Esther. To those in the know, it’s like a mark of quality.
A recruiter who doesn’t talk shit; how refreshing.
She provides great perspective on the industry, commits long-term and is a trusted ally and friend.
As a great friend, Esther is still kind enough to occasionally remind me to "get over myself".
I know my career is in good hands with Esther.
I couldn’t imagine this industry without her.
The Boss. Even though she works for you.
Esther does more than just find creatives jobs, she’s a career mentor who is always on hand with advice and guidance.
You can’t underestimate Esther’s nuance for creativity, personalities or martini selection.
A martini in hand is worth two months showing the book.
I feel very sorry for those people who don’t have an Esther to call.
This industry is as much about what you know as it is who you know. If you know Esther, you know everyone.
I’ve been waiting my whole career to have a quote published on Esther’s website.
When I arrived in Sydney, Esther made sure I had a job and a pair of winter boots. Talk about feeling looked after.
The original. The GOAT.
If I woke up in advertising prison I’d use my one phone call to dial Esther.
Esther helped me realise my worth as a creative and completely empowered me. My mum absolutely loves her.
There are very few people I implicitly trust in this business. Only one is an Australian recruiter.
Esther's like a fairy godmentor who magically appears bestowing wisdom, advice and martinis.
Fluff aside, she knows her shit.
Esther ‘MacGyver’ Clerehan. Somehow she fashioned my pencil, pad and hair into a career.
Get rich quick schemes aren’t to be trusted. Unless they’re in contract form from Esther.
Almost every great campaign you can think of was written by someone who either knows or was placed by Esther Clerehan.
Esther is so much more than a recruiter, she is a friend and an ally.
Rockstar headhunter. Friend. And it’s great to have both in this business.
It says something when as a junior I knew Esther’s name before that of any ECDs.
If advice was a D&AD category, Esther would have a black pencil.
You haven't really made it until you've been placed by Esther.
Before: nervous, stressed, unsure. After: encouraged, confident, slightly tipsy.
Behind every great advertising career is the great Esther Clerehan™.
Esther can get you any gig. But she is the best because she gets you the perfect gig.
She’s not in it for a quick buck.
She’s here to build your career.
She might be the only honest person in advertising.
This industry is better with a fab person like Esther in it.