I had a few questions to ask Wendy Tay, senior consultant in Singapore and she shared some insight on what has kept her in the recruitment industry and what she is driven by.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
I got into recruitment by chance! Design and Marketing were my first and second interest in school but somehow, me sharing my thoughts and telling a convincing story in an interview got me this job with a recruitment firm who was then supposed to find me a job instead of recruiting me to be one of them.
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
Don’t be afraid to think out of the box! I know for new starters, we always worry about the probation period but I implore first timers to look further than that and aim for something that is far more than your basic salary. Experiment with the rules put in front of you. Never be afraid to challenge the things that don’t work for you. Always improvise and be open to learning new things.
Becoming resourceful is the best weapon in the recruitment industry.
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
I have always questioned myself; Am I the best person for this job, does it serve any purpose at all? Am I really using my time at its fullest potential and making the money I want?
Surprisingly, despite all these big question marks, I have been in recruitment for a good 8 years now and still going. I may not have an answer to all of the above but I can only say it’s definitely not difficult to make money in recruitment if you do it right. What really kept me going in this industry is that it doesn’t just teach us how to deal with people, it teaches us how to deal with ourselves.
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date?
My proudest moment were not the times when I got promoted or when I got a good month because I’ve calibrated myself that it’s the least I should be doing if I want to still be in this job.
I think my proudest moment is when I didn’t stop myself from being honest with my bosses. I’m a product driven consultant and I believe in single-minded clarity when we work together. So, a team is important to me, one that communicates transparently, open to feedback, doesn’t take things too personal and have a ready spirit to go through any good or bad circumstances together.
5. What is your number one secret to success?
My success comes in the form of consistency and accomplishment and being able to add value wherever they place you.
6. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
One of the best that I still remember vividly is “Always be uncomfortably accountable”
7. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
Driven by people I work with. Driven by people who trust my ability and give me the autonomy to perform my best. I stay motivated by calibrating my mindset every morning. What happened yesterday shouldn’t interfere with my plan today. What’s past is past and if it still bothers you, confront it.
8. What do you think you would have been had you not gone into recruitment?
I would be an entrepreneur.
9. How do you keep a work / life balance?
I don’t. I just do whatever I like in that moment – that’s balance enough for me.
10. People would be surprised if they knew...?
I’m super boring and spend more spare time in my thoughts than with people.