Bonnie Ashley

Consultant - People Solutions

Bonnie Ashley

How did you get here? Describe your career history and background that led you to this role

I grew up in Canberra but moved to Melbourne to study graphic design because I was interested in pursuing a creative career once I finished my degree. I started an internship with a group that ran social media and copywriting for clients in Melbourne.

From there, I moved into the beauty industry working within social media, and on the side, I worked freelance as a graphic designer.

When COVID hit, everything kind of went pear-shaped and I found myself wanting to be closer to my family, and I decided to move back to Canberra.

My aunt, Melissa Frazer, actually offered me a contract role within the Scribing and Campaigns team at HorizonOne to support them through a particularly busy period last year. Initially, I was working on the ACT Emergency Services College of Firefighters campaign and scribing processes, however, I enjoyed the role and team so much, I decided to join the team permanently.

What does your role involve?

I do general admin and back of house processes to support the campaigns team. This involves things like coordinating work sample tests, reference checks, scheduling candidate interviews, coordinating processes and uploading reports to client portals.

I’m often the point of contact for projects, so I keep track of how everything is running throughout the process. Organising is kind of my thing! I really enjoy the administration and project coordination side of my role.

What do you like best about your role and working in the H1 office?

It’s great to be part of a team with industry leaders. I feel supported to work at my best and that’s something that’s important to me. I get to work on a diverse range of projects, and I work on multiple projects at once so it keeps me very busy.

One of the things I like best is calling a candidate to let them know they’re successful in moving to the next stage of a recruitment process. Even better are the ones where I tell a candidate they’ve got the job! Most of them are pretty chuffed.

My team also has a great social aspect which makes work fun. The culture is great to be part of.

What has surprised you about working in the recruitment industry?

Most people have accidentally fallen into the industry, and then they make a career out of it. Having come from a different background to recruitment, and falling into the industry myself, I totally get why people stay. It’s really rewarding.

Who is the biggest stirrer in the office? Give us a good example?

David Harrington. I feel like anything he says he’s generally always stirring the pot, especially when we’re all at boot camp.

Outside of work I love to…

I love to do anything creative. I enjoy doing pottery and making ceramics. I’ve only just started though so don’t ask to see any of my work! I’m trying to get a more permanent class so I can really keep at it.

I love live music, so will go out to a pub or a festival whenever I can.

I enjoy going out to brunch with the girls too, I can definitely recommend Intra in Campbell or Arc on Constitution Ave.

I also love a good winery, at the moment Brindabella Hills Winery is my favourite, it’s so beautiful.