Tom Haskell

Recruitment Advisor

Tom Haskell - Recruitment Advisor at HorizonOne Recruitment

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

I grew up in the Parkes in country NSW, where my family is still based, so I always had lots of space to play and explore as a child. I made the move to Sydney to study in 2013 where I completed my Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Science at The University of Sydney. My degree included work on International Relations and Social Science which is an area that really interests me and is actually what attracted me to a role in recruitment. While I was studying I was also working part-time at The Star where I worked as a Houseman setting up for all their events, some of them were quite big which meant I got to meet a lot of interesting well-known people including Ed Sheeran and The Wiggles.

In 2017 my partner was offered a position in Canberra and I decided to join her, this resulted in an unintentional gap year of sorts which I used to travel around Europe. This year I decided I wanted to focus more seriously on my career and a friend of mine who works in recruitment suggested I look into a career in the industry. I soon came across a vacancy with HorizonOne and was delighted to get the job!

What does your role involve?

I’m currently learning everything I can about recruitment from Recruitment Manager Sarah Tamasi in the Administration and Office Support space. At the moment I am focussing on screening candidates, organising interviews and shadowing Sarah at client meetings. I have also just started interviewing candidates on my own which has been a bit scary, but its great to be pushed and have the opportunity to learn those skills.

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

I would say our quality of service is the main difference, from the extra time we take to speak to candidates and really understand their motives and goals, down to the fact that we’ll actually hold off submitting candidates for a position until we know we have a really high quality of candidates to choose from. At HorizonOne I haven’t seen any of the ‘CV flicking’ I expected in recruitment, and there’s definitely no sales push here. Its really all about going the extra step to get to know candidates and clients more and provide them with a quality experience and outcome.

What do you like best about your role?

Definitely speaking to people and finding out what makes them tick. I think we get to have a different type of conversation with people working in recruitment, it’s less guarded compared to general conversations you might have with people you meet elsewhere. When they feel comfortable and like you are genuinely listening, people don’t need to hold back and we can discuss the realities of where they’re at and what they want out of their career.

There’s a real tangible feeling of reward as well. When we’ve submitted people for a role, the company loves them and I know we got it right, it’s a great feeling.

Outside of work I love to…

I’m a really big Rugby Union fan so I love catching a great Wallabies match or heading to a local Brumbies game. I’m actually heading to Japan later this year for a World Cup Game which I’m really looking forward to. I enjoy keeping active and meeting new people through a few social sports I play. I can also solve a Rubik’s cube in around a minute!

Who is the biggest stirrer in the office?

A lot of people have said David and I agree he’s a bit cheeky.  But also Andy, I’ve been able to see a bit of that banter between Andy and David when they’re together recently.

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