In this edition of Meet people2people, we're talking to Liz Jones, Senior Consultant, Western Sydney. Liz joined the recruitment industry in 2006, specialising in the temporary and contract markets in Western Sydney. Liz has partnered with organisations across multiple sectors from banking and finance to FMCG, successfully placing more than 1000 candidates into employment since 2006. With expertise in project & bulk recruitment drives and temp & contractor management, she continues to partner with local and multinational businesses to improve and streamline recruitment processes while placing quality candidates at all levels. Liz joined people2people in 2010 specialising in the Western Sydney market.
What's the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to reshape an industry with a tarnished reputation. We hear about the bad experiences people have had with recruiters, and it's left a pretty stale taste in the mouths of many. The industry has had a notorious reputation: recruiters who don’t listen, push decisions, have no understanding of the job spec or are just plain rude. Like every industry, we have had our bad apples, and, unfortunately, these apples have tarnished an industry that 95% of us are in because we just love helping people. It's something that we're definitely not blind to, and there's a conscious effort every day to turn this perception around.
What's your most valuable interview tip?
Ask questions! Recruiters are the matchmakers of the corporate world and have a wealth of market knowledge and insights to a number of different industries. Asking plenty of questions during your interview will not only help us get to know you and what you're looking for better, but it will also help you cement your decision when searching for a new role by making sure it ticks all your boxes. And it also shows you are serious about your job search because you've taken the time to really nut out what's important to you.
What's one piece of advice you would give to employers looking for staff?
Hire the attitude, train the skill. Unless you’re in the market for an astronaut, I think it's safe to say that it's okay to vary from the selection criteria slightly. Granted, we know the importance of hiring the person who will get the job done, but if the right attitude is lacking, it can become a painful and costly venture for your business. Studies show that 89% of employees who fail within the first twelve months do so because of their attitude, while the majority of employees who have been in it for the long haul have worked their way up, learning the skills required along the way. So next time you're hiring, look out for the ones with the great attitudes and a willingness to learn, as they could end up being your most valuable asset.
What do you think is the primary key to career success?
Build your network, grow your knowledge, and play nice! There are so many platforms to build your network now: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and so many intelligent people to learn from, so utilise them. But most importantly be nice to people; it doesn't go unnoticed.
Coffee or tea?
BOTH! – As a recruiter, I love coffee, but the Irish in me can't go past 4pm without a tea (and cake if it's on hand).
Share a picture of the most interesting item on your desk.
A gift from a candidate placed years ago.
Tell us something about yourself most people wouldn’t know.
I'm a massive adrenaline junkie, anything involving high speeds, shark dives or jumping out of planes (parachuted of course), and I'm in!