Senior Recruitment Consultant
Describe your career history and qualifications that led you to this role.
I grew up in Canberra but moved to Adelaide in 2009. I went through a recruitment process while I was there and thought “this could be a pretty cool job”. I returned to Canberra in 2011 because Canberra has always felt like home, and I have a close relationship with my family. It was great to move back and that’s when my career in recruitment began.
I was interviewing for an admin role, and when the recruiter asked if I had ever considered recruitment, I knew this was my opportunity to give it a go. I started off working in admin and contact centre recruitment which involved putting together bulk business support teams. I then moved to recruit in the early childhood sector.
Between 7am and 10am every day I would put up to 30 educators in urgent cover, temp or casual roles. To say it was fast-paced would be an understatement! I worked my way up to Manager of the education team and really enjoyed a specialised focus in one industry.
I was with the company for almost 9 years, and it came to a point where I wanted to grow and develop more as a recruiter. A former colleague and someone I very much respected had been with H1 for a number of years, so when he tapped me on the shoulder, I listened! Thanks, Andy 🙂
What would you say is different about HorizonOne’s approach to recruitment?
HorizonOne is definitely more thorough in the way we screen and interview candidates. The process ensures a stronger quality of candidate and a better fit for the client. I feel more confident putting candidates forward for jobs because I know they’ll not only do a good job but also be a good culture fit.
The team also has a mature and positive culture. With some recruitment businesses, you get stuck with a young and/or catty team. That ruins the everyday experience in the office. It’s definitely not like that here, I love coming to work every day!
What do you believe are the 3 key elements to being successful in recruitment?
- Building relationships. People are where you get your information from, and having strong relationships puts you into a position where both parties can talk openly. This means I can give feedback and have difficult conversations, and they will respect and listen to my advice. This is particularly important because candidates can become clients and vice versa.
- Being accountable. Following up and holding yourself accountable for your own work is important. Over promising and under-delivering is a sure-fire way of ruining your reputation.
- Having a strong presence. You need to understand the roles, clients and candidates you work with. You can’t just be there for transactions and quick wins; you really want to be the go-to person in your sector.
What are you enjoying about working with HorizonOne?
There’s a great range of skills and experiences within the broader team. They have a mature approach to working, problem solving, and sharing ideas which makes it a great office to work in.
We’re also a fun team with lots of laughing, but not at anyone’s expense. I like that we take lots of opportunities to be involved with local charity organisations and the community.
Who is the biggest stirrer in the office? Got a good example?
It’s probably Lucas. I’ve heard him crack the most jokes so far.
Outside of work I love to…
I have three boys, which keeps me very busy! Weekends are packed with swimming lessons, hikes, birthday parties, soccer, Oztag and football. So, in order to keep myself sane, I go to F45 and Bikram yoga. Also, at the moment my partner and I are spending a lot of time in the backyard building a retaining wall.
My favourite thing in summer is hanging out with friends and having a beer or two. But in winter, I much prefer to stay at home. I get very cold in winter, and you’ll often see me in the office with a blanket over my shoulders and the heater on under my desk.