Bio: I’m Jody Smith, I’m 30 years old and a natural redhead (or ranga as I like to say). Much to my mum’s dismay, I bleach my hair, but I’m still covered in freckles so … feel free to check out my freckly arms next time you see me.
I’ve been in recruitment for over 7 years, both internal and agency. I’ve worked my way up the work food chain, and am now managing an entire branch for the company I currently work for! I’m a big believer in being yourself at work, and I’ve always done that – with clients and work buddies. I’m a terrible liar, so there’s no use me pretending to be someone that I’m not. Even though I’m in management positions now, I am still the biggest goof in the office and I love to have fun! I have a life outside of work too. I’m big a festival/live music nut, I love a wine at the pub (The Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy is my local), and I’m a self-confessed gym junkie. I’m addicted to those sweet endorphins.
What do I enjoy most about my job: Well, I’m only new to Symmetry HR but what I’m loving so far is the freedom to be myself and try different ways of doing things! I’m an ‘outside the box’ creative thinker, and although I do love structure I struggle in environments that are too rigid in the way they do things. Symmetry HR encourage a family-friendly and fun office environment, which is definitely my jam.
Skills I have refined that could help people if they are needing advice: Career mentoring/coaching. I recently went through training with Fitted For Work to be a mentor to women who are long term unemployed or having difficulty securing and holding down work. I can provide advice on anything and everything to do with recruitment processes!
What are my goals for joining DWN? To grow my network, and gain new skills in networking and event planning. I’ve been to a couple of DWN events now, and every time I’ve come away with 1 or 2 new friends to connect with. I imagine being on the board I could potentially leave each event with 3 or MORE new friends, which is the dream. The more friends, the merrier I become.
I also believe I have a lot to give to the group in the way of ideas, creativity, being hands on. If I commit to something I give it 110% effort.
What do I enjoy about networking? I think it’s super important to be well networked, especially in the recruitment industry. Not just to be connected to potential clients or candidates, but to know what is happening in the market and what trends are coming and going. I’m not just a recruiter – I am a broker, a career and life coach, a sounding board for ideas, a problem solver. If I can’t help someone out, I always have someone in my network that I can refer to for advice.