“My role is to understand candidates innately.”
Abby Chambers, a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Monash University, joined the Frazer Tremble Executive team 3-months ago, reinforcing her passion for people and networking. During that time, she has fully emersed herself in all things Projects, Process Improvement and Service Design.
Recruitment professionals come from all walks of life. Having graduated with a degree in commerce and marketing, what was the attraction towards a career in recruitment?
I worked for an executive recruitment firm in an admin support capability throughout my studies. However, I didn’t consider working in a 360 recruitment role until the end of my studies.
With my major in Marketing, I initially started applying for marketing roles. Then, one day I came across Frazer Tremble Executive advert for a recruitment consultant and well as they say, “the rest is history”.
What attracted you to join Frazer Tremble Executive?
The driving factor for me to join Frazer Tremble Executive was the opportunity to work alongside Laura and Brendan. Their passion for setting their employees up for success and bringing them a part of the journey was also appealing. The values and culture also really resonated with me. It’s also rare to get an opportunity as a graduate to partner, learn and report directly to a Managing Director.
What are your areas of specialisation within Frazer Tremble Executive?
It’s all about innately understanding candidates and giving them a great experience along the way. I’m focusing on connecting with fantastic talent across Projects, Process Improvement and Service Design.
The rookie training program is designed for those who are relatively new to recruitment – what do you think has been a key part of the program that has made you feel more comfortable when starting in the industry?
The rookie training program provided me with an environment to learn, succeed and laugh about all the triumphs and pitfalls of recruitment. It’s a challenging game and process to learn, but it provided me with two additional industry mentors to lean on. In addition, it was refreshing to be surrounded by other rookie recruiters who could relate to the struggles of starting in recruitment.
You won the Rookie Rockstar award last month. What does that award mean to you?
Embarking on any new career is daunting, and whilst I’ve got the passion, curiosity and work ethic, receiving The Rookie Rockstar award gave me the comfort I was on the right track and doing a good job.
What have you found the most challenging in recruitment? But, on the other hand, what’s been the most rewarding?
The most rewarding thing is that I help individuals get a job. Here at Frazer Tremble Executive, we are “high touch” and have a lot of empathy for our candidates and how stressful finding a new role can be, though when you are finally able to give them the good news, I find that so rewarding.
It’s quite the journey you go through with them, from sourcing to interviewing to references check and then giving them the offer (hopefully).
The most challenging part is that even when you follow the process, feel you genuinely understand your candidates, and consult with them about what they are seeking, they can change their mind about a role or company at the last minute. So I think the unpredictable nature of what we do is the most challenging.
What is the most helpful advice that you get from Laura?
The biggest thing is that it’s okay to make mistakes; sometimes, you need to breathe, relax, and take a step back. As Laura says, “It’s not life or death”, and all we can do is reflect, learn from it and move forward.
What are your goals moving forward with Frazer Tremble Executive, and where do you hope to take your recruitment career?
My goals are to have more confidence in myself in what I’m doing and find my way of doing things, though I still have the mentorship of Laura.
I’m currently a Candidate Experience Coordinator so perhaps move up to Senior or Manager level or maybe even try to master the client-side of recruitment.
For those looking to start a career in recruitment, what advice would you give them?
My suggestion would be to select who to work for in recruitment carefully. I initially thought a large recruitment company was the way to go, though I think I would have got lost in a large company. There’s so much opportunity here at Frazer Tremble Executive to learn and develop internally and externally, and having a mentor such as Laura is invaluable to that learning.
I would also say find a company that will set you up for success and support you along the way to help you achieve the goals you want to achieve.
You are passion and competitive netball player. Can you compare the game on the field, the relationship between teammates and the coach with the job in recruiting?
In my opinion, both are team sports. People say that recruitment is every man for themselves. But we’re all working together, and that’s the relationship I like to build at its core.
I love to be friends with my teammates and help support each other to get the outcome we want.
I’ve had many coaches over my long netball career, and some of them were great, some not so great. But I think the best ones are very similar to what I said about the mentorship I have at Frazer Tremble Executive. They were candid with feedback about where you are and how to get to where you want to be. But they are also empowering you to be your best.
One piece of advice that the coach gave me was, “every ball is yours”. If you have the right attitude and have a crack, you’re more likely to pull something off. I think that can be very transferable into work or life in treating every opportunity as it comes.
Candidate Experience Coordinator
Phone: +61 436 811 619