Q&A with our newest Recruitment Consultant – Technology, Zak Hadfield
Zak Hadfield has recently joined Hunt & Co. as our Recruitment Consultant – Technology! With an impressive background in technology, business development and recruitment, we are stoked to have Zak join the Technology Desk and hit the ground running connecting amazing tech talent with fantastic companies. We sat down with Zak for a quick Q&A so you can get to know him a little better!
So here it is, our Q&A with Zak….
What were you doing before you joined us at Hunt & Co.?
My background is predominantly in tech! I started at Apple about nine years ago, where I worked in general tech support. I moved into tech administration, then over to a medical software company in their tech support division. In this role, I worked alongside our development team around our customer’s experience and helped guide our development from our customer’s perspective.
From there, I worked as a Business Development Manager for a medical practice and helped to change internal procedures. I guided tech change and automated our processes up until the point that they didn’t need me to be there anymore (which is ironically the end goal!)
Using my tech and business development background, I moved into recruitment, where I worked with sourcing for various tech roles in government and not-for-profit organisations. Now I find myself here at Hunt & Co.!
How did you end up working at Hunt & Co.?
It started with a message from Holly Hunt on LinkedIn, asking whether I’d be open to catching up for a coffee. Recruiters get messages like this all the time, and I generally politely decline but I’d been following Women in Digital (Hunt & Co.’s sister company) for some time and had an interest in Hunt & Co. so I thought “why not?”
Two coffee meet-ups later, I was asked if I’d like to meet the team, who were all lovely. Shortly after, I was offered a role here as a Recruitment Consultant, which of course I accepted!
What are you most excited about now that you are part of the Hunt & Co. team?
I’m most excited about the potential for growth, both personally and for the Hunt & Co. team! In this role, I am predominantly working with Cybersecurity, DevSecOps and Solutions Architecture, which are all areas I have an interest in. Cybersecurity in particular is something that people are now realising to be a necessity, so it’s cool to be involved in the industry at a time when big changes are occurring!
Additionally, it’ll be great to be involved in working with Women in Digital, Hunt & Co.’s sister company!
In your own words… who is Zak Hadfield?
I’m a people person. I like to find out about what others are passionate about, and encourage them to immerse themselves in it. I’m a lover of the arts. Comedy and music which are particular passions of mine. In my younger years, I avoided this label, but I’m a bit of a nerd at heart! I like talking about technology, the world and the people in it, and I love a good fun fact.
What are you currently watching/reading/listening to?
I don’t often get much of a chance to watch TV, but recently I’ve enjoyed Peaky Blinders. UK Panel Shows are also a go-to when I have a bit of time to watch something.
I’ve recently been reading Discipline is Destiny by Ryan Holiday. Essentially, it’s about applying the core virtues of Stoicism to everyday life.
I’ve been listening to a pretty broad spread of genres recently! Three artists that come to mind are Golden Features, Stormzy and David Gray.
Do you have a go-to recommendation for a great technology resource?
For anyone looking at getting into Cybersecurity, I’d recommend checking out Cameron Corporation. They offer advice on career strategy (recommended courses/certificates to complete), explain the processes involved in obtaining various clearances in Australia, and they provide ongoing threat intelligence updates!
What is something that not many people know about you?
I could probably quote a majority of Friends episodes word-for-word.
What made you want to pursue a career in recruitment? What do you enjoy about it?
I love problem-solving and people. I feel that recruitment is a nice mix of the two! It’s all about connecting the right people with each other. I enjoy the networking side of it, and I love seeing new relationships blossom. I love seeing people work towards reaching their full potential and having conversations with candidates where they didn’t quite realise what was possible in their future.
The best part of recruitment is of course telling someone that they got the job!
What steered you towards technology recruitment?
My background and interest in technology!
Do you have a life-changing #LifeHack to share?
If you’re using your iPhone calculator and type the wrong number in, you don’t need to cancel and start again. You can swipe your finger left on the numbers, and the most recent one will disappear!
What trends are you expecting to see in your space next year?
There will be a huge shift towards utilising cybersecurity. Data is a commodity at this point, and companies need to ensure that their customer’s personal data doesn’t get into the wrong hands. I think that a Cybersecurity Analyst or team will become a ‘need’ rather than a ‘nice to have’ for a majority of companies. I imagine for this reason that there’ll also be an uptake in consultancies and contractors within the space.
What advice do you have for job hunters seeking a new role in the new year?
Make sure your resume reflects the work you’ve done! I often see people put their basic job descriptions on their CVs but then when we speak, they mention a lot of additional tasks they do that would look great on their CV, but aren’t there!
For example, if in your ‘Technical Support’ role, you’re also doing User Acceptance Testing or Quality Analysis, put it in your CV. You’d be surprised how good of a fit you’d be for roles that you haven’t even considered!
What are some of your favourite things to do around Brisbane when not at work?
Outside of this job, I’m also a stand-up comedian. So in my spare time, I’m often performing or attending local comedy shows. I also run shows where I book other comedians (which on reflection is basically comedy recruitment). Otherwise, spending time with my girlfriend and two dachshunds, or having beers with friends is how I’d choose to spend my time!
Any last words?
If anything, I feel I’ve already said too much!
If you are looking to grow your team, are ready for a new role, or just want to chat more about technology and what it’s like working at Hunt & Co., then connect with Zak on LinkedIn, give him a call on 0452 208 416 or shoot him an email at email@example.com.