Today, we're chatting with Shannon Barlow, manager of people2people's Chatswood team. Shannon graduated from Otago University, NZ with a BA (Hons) in Psychology in 2002 and joined people2people in 2007, establishing her career in the Australian recruitment industry. Gaining excellent insights and knowledge of the Sydney accounting recruitment market, Shannon then diversified her experience in 2010, managing people2people’s RPO division, onsiite. In December 2014, Shannon commenced the new phase of her career, managing and developing people2people’s Chatswood division, providing recruitment services for organisations and job seekers in Sydney's Northern Suburbs.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Running a recruitment desk is like running a mini business, so one of the key challenges is making sure you are leading by example through individual performance, as well as giving enough time to the team to help ensure the branch as a whole is prospering.
Conversely, what's the most rewarding part of your job?
I think it's important to celebrate success – whether that's a placement, finding the ideal candidate hidden in the database or getting a new client after being turned down the first three times. Recruitment can be a grind, especially when the market is down and businesses would rather take a visit with their dentist than meet with a recruiter! Thankfully, the market is picking up, so the everyday successes are picking up as well. One of the most rewarding things is to see a new consultant make a breakthrough and celebrate with a fist pump, placement dance or the classic 'YES!
What’s your most valuable interview tip?
Practice concisely summarising your role so you can give a good level of detail without going overboard. But most importantly, remember this is your chance to sell yourself (even if you hate doing it) – talk about specific achievements and what you can bring to the new role or organisation.
Rugby league or rugby union?
I'm Kiwi so you can probably guess that one!
Coffee or tea?
I’m one of those weird people who doesn't really drink tea or coffee, so my 'coffee catch-ups' with my manager are actually usually a milkshake or a wine!