Q&A with our new Account Manager (Technology), Emily Conaghan
Emily Conaghan has joined the team here at Hunt & Co. as an Account Manager (Technology) and we couldn’t be more excited to have her on board! With a wealth of in-house recruitment experience under her belt, specialising in technology, we can’t wait to see her thrive in an agency environment with the Hunt & Co. team. We sat down with Emily on her first day for a fun Q&A so you too can get to know her a little better.
Okay, let’s start the Q&A!
Welcome to the team! We are so thrilled to have you here. So tell us, what were you doing before you joined us at Hunt & Co.?
Hello! Since graduating from uni, I’ve been on a winding journey through human resources and recruitment. I started my career in a HR consulting role where I would work with different businesses across Brisbane helping with any and all of their HR needs. I then jumped across to an internal recruitment role where I was responsible for recruiting anything and everything from developers to digital marketing specialists to data analysts and everything in between!
How did you end up working at Hunt & Co.?
During my time in internal recruitment, I had worked with Holly and Carly on a couple of tricky roles. They were always so lovely to work with and genuine experts in the field. So, when I saw that Hunt & Co. were looking to expand their team at the same time as I was toying with the idea of moving across to agency side, it was a no brainer! I was super excited when they wanted me to be a part of their team too!
What are you most excited about now that you are part of the Hunt & Co. team?
I’m just excited to get started! The most exciting part of this role for me is the opportunity to work with different businesses across a variety of industries and to be able to contribute to solving business problems. On top of that, I’ve always loved working with candidates to help find their next career move – it’s such an exciting and life-changing time.
Emily, we have obviously done a little introduction before this to say who you are, but in your own words… who is Emily?
A great question! Emily is a sponge, trying to soak up whatever I can from whoever or wherever I can! I’m creative, genuine and caring and constantly trying to stay organised with varying degrees of success.
What are you currently watching/reading/listening to?
Reading – I recently finished reading Not Just Lucky by Jamila Rizvi which takes a look at women in the workplace and how there’s a tendency to substantiate your success as luck. Spoiler alert – it’s not just luck! You worked hard for that promotion / new job / opportunity! In a similar vein, I really enjoyed the first episode of the Assistercast* podcast where they spoke to Jamila about her book as well as her career! Amazing!
Listening – I pretty much constantly have a podcast in my ears, and have a recommendation for every reason or season (send me a message and I’ll send you a recommendation!). Most recently I listened to The Sure Thing hosted by Angus Grigg from The Australian Financial Review. It’s an exploration inside Australia’s biggest insider trading case – sounds boring, but it was super interesting!
Watching – I’m in between shows at the moment – send me your recommendations!
*Watch Mo’ Money Less Problems: Your Guide to Salary Negotiations – Brought to you by Hunt & Co. and Assisterhood
What’s your most recommended technology resource?
I think any star players in technology are those who approach problems from a broader business perspective rather than just as a tech problem. That’s why for me, tech resources are all about upskilling on your business know-how to give you that extra edge! I can recommend:
- The How I Built This podcast with Guy Raz
- This Working Life podcast
- Lady-brains podcast
- Re:work with Google which is a collection of practices, research and ideas from Google around how they do what they do
- The Atlassian Team Playbook which is a super cool collection of team building exercises to create high performing technology teams
What is something that not many people know about you?
I’m known by some as a human-Shazam. If you give me the first 3-5 seconds of most popular songs from most decades, I can give you the title and artist. It works most of the time… but don’t get mad if I get it wrong…
What made you want to pursue a career in recruitment?
After studying HR, I always found recruitment to be the ‘nice part’ of HR. You are in essence, changing someone’s life when you’re able to help them find a new job and that’s a really cool thing to do! The further into recruitment I get, the more I love it. No two days are the same and there’s no better feeling than when you’re able to get a contract out to an excited candidate!
After owning several HR and internal roles throughout your career, what steered you towards joining a recruitment agency like Hunt & Co.?
After working with the Hunt & Co. team as a client, I knew that they would be great people to work with. I was drawn to the values of Hunt & Co. as well as the people! Ultimately, I know this is a team who are genuine in their purpose to make meaningful life-long impacts.
Now that you’re on the other side of the table, what excites you about external recruitment?
My top three talent takeaways so far have been:
Be relationship driven:
It doesn’t matter whether you’re working in an internal or agency recruitment environment, you’ll get the best outcomes when you focus on building relationships. Whether it’s with clients or candidates being able to make real connections, it will always pay off ten-fold!
Know your stuff:
Making sure that you’ve got all the information you need up front, if you can make sure you get a really clear role brief from the start, you’ll avoid common pitfalls down the track.
The Brisbane tech market is notorious for moving quickly and often. If you can be a bit flexible with your non-negotiables, you’ll find your candidate pool will open up and you’ll be thankful for it!
Go with your gut:
If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not right! Sometimes you can get caught up in trying to find someone to fill a role yesterday, but it often pays to slow down and follow your instinct to avoid making the wrong call and having to recruit for the same role two months down the line.
What do you think you’ll be able to transfer from your previous roles into your new role as an Account Manager (Technology) at Hunt & Co.?
I think my understanding of how an internal talent function works will be a huge plus and hopefully I’ll be able to adapt my style of recruitment to be able to suit all of the time-poor hiring managers that I know are out there!
Coming into the new year (and a post-COVID world), what trends are you expecting to see in your space?
We’ve already seen that businesses who hibernated their recruitment efforts during the peak of COVID are now back and raring to go, creating a very busy market at the moment! On top of that, I think we’ll see some of the side projects and innovations that got a bit more attention during COVID coming to fruition in a big way throughout the rest of the year.
What advice do you have for job hunters seeking a new role in the new financial year?
It’s important to focus on the things you can control. If you can make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and provides recruiters and talent acquisition teams enough detail to be able to find you on the platform. Plus, making sure your resume is in shape is crucial. You want to make sure that you’re giving yourself the best chance to get through to an interview so that you can show everyone how brilliant you are!
What technology development is most exciting to you at the moment? Why?
Brisbane’s start up and scale up scene is thriving at the moment which is great to see. Super excited to see what happens next!
Finally, what are some of your favourite things to do around Brisbane when not at work?
I’m really getting into Brisbane school excursion nostalgia at the moment having recently been back to the Queensland museum. Next stop is the botanic gardens and planetarium and I’m secretly hoping for a revival of Tops, the theme park that used to be in the top of the Myer Centre.
Any last words?
I’m very excited to finally be at Hunt & Co. and I’m looking forward to marrying up great talent with amazing teams! I’d love to connect with anyone looking for their next role, looking to grow their team or if you just want to catch up for a coffee, tea or business milkshake (my personal preference) to chat about all things Brisbane tech!
If you are looking to grow your team in 2021 or ready for a new role in your career, give Emily a call on 0403 726 487 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you’re here, be sure to also connect with Emily on LinkedIn to stay up to date with job opportunities and insights into the Brisbane marketing market!