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 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 of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Sydney. I majored in 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, so 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 working closely with Recruitment Manager Sarah Tamasi in the administration and office support space, learning everything I can about the end to end recruitment process. I have recently started taking on my own roles and it’s been great to see those roles through from beginning to end, from that very first call through to a candidate’s first day in their new role. I’ve really enjoyed being pushed and having the opportunity to learn these skills in such a hands-on way.

My role includes a lot of client communications; talking to them and understanding their needs. I’m also looking to expand into other areas like property related roles.

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. We take the time to find candidates roles that they will really shine in and in that sense, we only put forward high quality candidates for our clients. At HorizonOne I haven’t seen any of the ‘CV flicking’ I expected in recruitment, and there’s definitely no sales push here. It’s 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, it’s less guarded compared to general conversations you might have elsewhere. When they feel comfortable and feel 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 and the company loves them, I know we got it right and 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 went to Japan in 2019 for a World Cup Game which was awesome, despite not winning. The atmosphere with so many people from different cultures was electric. I’m also a cricket fan – watching, not playing. I go to the Sydney Test Match every year. I enjoy keeping active and meeting new people through the 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.

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