Q&A with our Account Manager (UX/UI Design), Sarah Coates
Sarah Coates has recently joined as Hunt & Co. Account Manager for UX/UI Design. After a long career in travel, music and event sales as well as HR, we are so excited to have Sarah join the UX/UI Design Desk in 2022. We sat down with Sarah on her very first day for a fun Q&A so you too can get to know her a little better!
So here it is, our Q&A with Sarah…
Welcome to the team Sarah! We are so thrilled to have you on board. So tell us, what were you doing before you joined us at Hunt & Co.?
My previous career saw me living it up in sales and customer service in the music and travel industry. Chasing some security during these uncertain times, (thanks Covid) I moved into rostering and HR at the Endeavour Foundation, which sparked my interest in recruitment.
How did you end up working at Hunt & Co.?
The stars aligned! After voicing my plans on breaking into the talent/recruitment industry, my bestie flicked me a link for the job advert at Hunt & Co. – the rest is history.
What are you most excited about now that you are part of the Hunt & Co. team?
From my first time reading the ad, I just had a great gut feeling. I think I can do great things for Hunt & Co. and I know Hunt & Co. will do great things for me.
We have obviously done a little introduction before this to say who you are, but in your own words… who is Sarah?
Sarah is hungry… Hungry for knowledge, hungry for new experiences, and hungry for food… always.
Sarah is chipper, even when the chips are down.
Sarah is a people person and will talk the legs off a table at any given chance.
Sarah will go out of her way to help anyone, especially if it involves what to order on the menu.
What are you currently watching/reading/listening to?
Watching The Witcher on Netflix.
Listening to The APT Project’s Podcast.
What’s your most recommended business resource?
In this busy busy world, I’m all about audiobooks and podcasts. Some of my favourites include From Startup to Exit: An Insider’s Guide to Launching and Scaling Your Tech Business and a podcast called TWISTA – This Week in Startups Australia.
In the design space, Web Designer News is an excellent resource for keeping one’s finger on the pulse. It’s a curated collection of the best news for designers each day. The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman is also an essential read for those interested in UI/UX. It is a powerful primer on how, and why, some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.
What are some things that not many people know about you?
I’m part mermaid and in my spare time, I’m scuba, snorkel and beach obsessed.
I spent the first lockdown converting a green Renault Trafic car into a camper… I’m officially a ‘green nomad’!
I’m also a live music enthusiast. I’ve seen more than my share of artists live (some of those from backstage).
What made you decide to pursue a career in recruitment and what do you think you’ll be able to transfer from your previous roles into your new role?
I’m a born matchmaker, from dream holidays to locating tickets to a sold-out show. With a number of transferable skills, this feels like a natural move, one that excites me!
Prior to starting with Hunt & Co., I worked closely with a talent team onboarding new starters and I knew this is where I wanted to focus my skills.
I love getting people excited and helping them visualise their next move. I’m all about turning dreams into a reality.
What steered you towards joining a recruitment agency like Hunt & Co.?
Being a specialised talent acquisition agency rather than a drive-through recruitment company, you can be assured that you are talking to subject matter experts which I believe is important when bringing in a third party.
What do you think are the biggest learnings/takeaways from your career so far?
I’ve learned that listening is key: ask questions, find out everything there is to know, then shoot!
My biggest personal learning of late is that busy is better. I thrive off a good challenge or puzzle.
Coming into the new year, what trends are you expecting to see in your space?
UX/UI is an ever-changing field. I look forward to seeing designers continue to learn, adapt and create the rapidly changing technologies emerging today to produce amazing products.
What advice do you have for job hunters seeking a new role right now?
Go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, maybe it isn’t?
Finally, what are some of your favourite things to do around Brisbane when you aren’t working?
Eating, hiking, waterfall hunting, brewery hopping, being a doting dog mum, stalking menus and extending my never-ending restaurant and cafe list.
(Anyone else noticed a really strong food theme in this Q&A?) 😋
Any last words?
Bring on 2022 and my new journey with Hunt & Co. Let’s make dreams happen!
I’d love to link up with anyone looking for their next journey, their next superstar or if you just want to catch and help me tick off my restaurant and cafe list.
If you are looking to grow your team in 2022 or ready for a new role in your career, give Sarah a call on 0438 154 481 or shoot across an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to also connect with Sarah Coates on LinkedIn to stay up to date with job opportunities and insights into the Brisbane Product & Design market!