Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a strong call to #PressforProgress, motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. This International Women's Day, we interviewed some of our female team asking them how they are pressing forward for progress and what being a woman in recruitment means today.
Meet Jojo, our Operations Manager in Hong Kong.
Do you have any secrets to having a successful recruitment career?
My secrets to a successful recruitment career are to be a good team player and offer to help out team members within your desk and across the wider business. Having a positive attitude even during the tough times and being honest to your colleague, client and candidates.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you in the workplace?
Female workers will often be considered as a support system and not necessarily leaders within their industry. Because of this is may prevent women from speaking out and they lack experience or fear rejection.
What advice would you give aspiring women in the recruitment industry?
Stay strong and do not hide away from sharing your thoughts and feelings with other people around you.
How do you achieve work life balance?
By concentrating on one thing at a time and not bring work related things home and vice versa. If I am at work then this is my sole focus and then when I am with friends and family I ensure I enjoy the time with them. Being able to manage your own time and workload is also key to achieving a work life balance.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by many people and I read a lot of quote from Napoleon Hill as they remind me that if we put the effort and hard work in we can be who we want to be.
One of my favourite quotes from him is: “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Unfortunately in society and especially in Asia there is a general consensus that people believe women are sensitive and will not be able to handle situations as well as men. The more we celebrate women and move forward I feel that there will not be any barriers stopping women become leaders.