How did you get here? Describe your career history and background that led you to your role at HorizonOne.
Growing up I moved all over the place and finally settled in Canberra, completing a degree in linguistics from the ANU. I graduated with Honours, and my thesis was on forensic linguistics. Following graduation, I worked a number of different contracting roles supporting impartial expert witness testimony for various clients including the Australian Federal Police. The work involved studying idiosyncrasies in language, both written and verbal. It was incredibly interesting work, there just wasn’t enough of it.
In order to supplement my contract work, I wound up in retail, which surprisingly suited me quite well. I do love academics, particularly studying and learning however I am also a real people person, so the people interaction side of retail was really great. I could meet new people every day, and I developed my ability to forge relationships and create opportunities.
When job hunting, HorizonOne caught my eye with the ad: Dreading another Christmas in retail? Well, yes I was actually!! While I was enjoying it, I wanted a change and to get out of the retail weekend and late-night grind.
Since applying with and joining the recruitment industry – I really haven’t looked back!
From your experience as a candidate with other recruitment agencies, what would you say is different about HorizonOne’s approach to recruitment?
I’ve used recruitment agencies before, and have had both positive and negative experiences, so I’ve experienced the polar opposites of the recruiting world.
Following speaking to Andy about a role at HorizonOne, I had a quick look through the website and it clear that they talked the talk, but for me, the real test would be whether they could also walk the walk.
I did what I do best, a lot of research (a.k.a. internet stalking). I scoured the website and watched every video they ever made. It became very clear that they put their people first. I particularly enjoyed the behind the scenes content, it was very engaging and personable. I chose to work for the company first, and for the industry second.
Now that I work here, I can see that actually both of my prior experiences as a candidate could have been improved on. HorizonOne really take the time to understand what a candidate is looking for. There’s a deep level of knowledge, experience and openness about the process and job expectations which our consultants share with applicants and candidates. It helps set realistic expectations and is a transparent and refreshing way to do business.
And HorizonOne really do walk the walk. My lived experience is one of a “sharing is caring” approach, there are no egos, and everyone is pretty chill. It’s not a highly strung sales environment, which I think most people expect of the recruitment world.
What kinds of things are involved in your role?
Working alongside Lucas, I’m learning all I can about the IT and data recruitment sector, this includes getting my head around all the acronyms and software so I can relate to both candidates and clients.
Day to day, I’m busy screening candidates, creating job ads, and getting exposure on the phones and talking to and focusing on the candidate side of things. It’s great because Lucas is supportive and helps me to understand the connections between candidates and opportunities. We feed off each other, with me focusing on incoming candidates and him focusing on the client side of work.
What is the single best thing about working with HorizonOne?
I would have to say that the people in the team make coming to work a breeze. There are so many different personalities in the office, and people are comfortable with being themselves. There are no desk robots here, we all interact and collaborate. There’s a mixture of a laid back and excited atmosphere because we celebrate each other’s successes. There’s a positive vibe that’s just so welcoming.
Who is the biggest stirrer in the office? Got a good example?
David has his jokes, but Simon is a dark horse. Simon will drop a joke and just disappear like a ninja into the night, which is quite surprising.
Outside of work I love to…
There are so many things I’m passionate about outside of work, and it’s a weird mix of things!
One of the things I love doing is being the co-host and producer of the pun slam, Capital Punishment. What’s that you ask? Let me break it down quickly for you; competition round 1 consists of a two-minute individual punologue on a theme, followed by a Whose Line Is It Anyway style round, finally comes a one for one pun slam competition. It’s so much fun and spectators always leave feeling pretty darn impressed! We have some serious comedy talent in Canberra!
I’m also a Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master and I play both online and in person in a number of different groups. I use a lot of my improv skills with this, as it takes a lot of managing personalities in order to keep storylines flowing.