Sarah Fowler

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Meet the Team - Sarah Fowler - Senior Recruitment Consultant at HorizonOne Recruitment. My career began in Human Resources where I held various HR administration based roles. After approaching a recruitment agency to look for my next opportunity, they apparently liked me enough to want to hire me internally!

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

My career began in IT where for many years I worked as a Help Desk Operator. When it came time for me to look for my next opportunity, I approached a specialist IT Recruitment agency. The recruitment industry was something that I had not necessarily thought about but really interested me.  When I was offered a role with them internally, I decided it was time for a new challenge.

I worked up through various roles within the recruitment industry from Resourcer, to Consultant to finally Managing Principal, where I was managing more than 70 consultants. After more than 5 years in the industry, the highly transactional nature made the work less enjoyable, I wanted to be able to build stronger, more consultative relationships than what my role at the time allowed. When a friend approached me with a role as a Property Manager, I felt that the career change could offer me more of what I needed to feel fulfilled in my role.

A number of years later I again found myself at a crossroads. I enjoyed the personal side of both recruitment and property management and felt both industries gave me the potential to be able to help people. Whilst deliberating whether to continue within the property industry or return to recruitment, I was approached by HorizonOne about an opportunity with them. After speaking with David & Simon, I really liked their approach to recruitment and I loved the team culture. They invited me to the Telstra Business Awards night before I had started to meet the team, pretty cool introduction right?

What does your role involve?

As a Senior Consultant, I work on our HR, Marketing & Communications desk which means I specialise in the recruitment of professionals within those industry areas.

After my hiatus from recruitment, I can definitely say that there is so much more to recruitment than there was even 5 years ago. There are new programs & systems in place as well as new sourcing methodologies that make the recruitment experience for both clients and candidates much more personal, and much smoother. There is one thing that hasn’t changed however, and I am glad that it won’t – the most important thing about recruitment is people! I love being able to provide exceptional service to both our clients and candidates.

What do you like best about your role?

I have quite a competitive nature, so I absolutely love the “real wins” that you get in recruitment. What I mean by the ‘real wins’ is when I can really make a difference and add value to an organisation by securing them their next superstar. And on the flipside, I love being able to help my candidates secure a role that gets them closer towards achieving their career goals.

What would you say is different about HorizonOne’s approach to recruitment?

The strength of relationships and consulting element of HorizonOne’s approach to recruitment is what sets us apart from the rest. Having worked in the industry previously, the transactional nature and attitude of some recruiters had somewhat put me off the industry as a whole.

HorizonOne however really focuses on building long term and ongoing relationships. At the end of the day, this is a services industry and what we put first is providing exceptional service to our clients and candidates.

Who is the biggest stirrer in the office? Got a good example…..?

When I started, I was warned about David and they were right! He is very professional and is easy to get along with but has a real cheeky nature… You can be sure he always has a few zingers up his sleeve.

Outside of work I love to…..

I’ve always loved playing sport and being part of a team. I’ve played netball for as long as I can remember. These days I am very involved with Ginninderra Little Athletics as I am part of their committee. Plus it’s pretty awesome to watch my daughter demolish the track and field events!

My one true love though, and it’s something that I haven’t had a lot of time to do recently, is horse riding. I honestly don’t think there is any better way to clear your mind than going for a ride in the middle of nowhere where it’s just you and the horse. Also the horse doesn’t talk back to me haha!

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