This week we talk with Premium member Roxanne CalderBy Business Chicks | Jun 05, 11 09:20 AM
Director of office support recruitment company EST10, Roxanne Calder, tells us what inspires her to succeed
What is the most important lesson you’ve learnt during your career? To have self awareness and believe in yourself.
If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why? It would be either of my Great Grand Parents. How fabulous would it be to talk to them about their life in the late 1800's and early 1900’s and see what your own Grand Parents were like as children. I would find that fascinating, immensely satisfying and incredibly enjoyable.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to someone starting out in your industry/aspiring to your job, what would it be? If people would look to enter the industry as a Consultant, I would say the following:
- Know it can be a tough industry, it’s a sales job
- Do your research
- Don’t confuse it with HR
- Whichever company you join, ensure they have adequate training (although I do believe in people taking responsibility for their own learning as well) and a good Manager that you can relate to and trust
- Give it everything you can, its not a 9-5 style of position
If you mean people starting their own business:
- Know your industry/product
- Understand the financial side, ie drivers
- Employ good/the best people
- Believe in yourself
- Know it is not easy
- Believe in your product/service & have a differentiator
How do you define success? Success for me is achieving your goals, having a good reputation and gaining the respect of your peers.
What motivates you? I liked to be pushed, challenged; sometimes that challenge can be a bad (really bad) day. You find something within that makes you turn things around. People motivate me and in lots of different ways. Sometimes, this can be the stories I hear in meetings or interviews and sometimes it is simply the faith & trust people have in you to look after them. That is a pretty powerful thing!
What’s been the highlight of your career so far? The opportunity to establish EST10. I have always wanted my own recruitment business, using values as the modus operandi.