We thought it was about time that we introduced one of our most recent recruits into the AccountAbility family, Zahraa Jaber, Associate Consultant. Zahraa joined us in March 2022 and since starting, she has been flying the flag for team Melbourne; supporting Senior Consultant Brendan Blewitt and jumping through hoops to ensure her successful future as a consultant.
Zahraa, how did you first learn about AccountAbility?
When I began searching for my next role after working as a recruiter for the blue-collar industry shortly after finishing my studies in HR, I knew I was looking for something that gave me an opportunity to connect with people on a deeper level. I was interested in the dynamics of the employer and employee relationships and saw that recruitment can have a large impact on workplace culture by challenging those relationships. I was pointed in the direction of Accountability to meet Adam Forster who had a mutual interest in the psychology of employees and shared some interesting ideas. Adams people-focused approach to the operation of the business as managing director was unlike any other. I could see how each member of the team were carefully selected to build a great workplace culture which made me excited to be a part of it.
You have only been with AccountAbility a few months, how has your journey been so far?
My journey has been filled with a lot of learning! I have the amazing Kylie, our director who has been a fantastic mentor. Sitting in on her interviews and hearing her on the phone in the office has been extremely valuable and our one-on-one sessions have enhanced my technical knowledge of accounts. I have also been very fortunate to have Brendan’s constant support and daily feedback while working on roles with him and learning how to source the best candidates. When the rest of my co-workers are in the office, I get the opportunity to shadow some really talented recruiters - some with years and years of experience in their fields.
What excites you about your future with AccountAbility?
I'm fortunate enough to have met some great people so far, all at different stages in their careers. One of the things I love about speaking to candidates is hearing their stories and watching how things change over time. I'm curious to see where their stories go in the future and excited about AccountAbility giving me the tools to help build these relationships.
Tell me about your career aspirations?
In the past I've loved training and developing the careers of others as a team leader. Even though I still have a lot of learning to do, I would like to one day share my knowledge with others by leading a team.
What matters to you in recruitment?
I remember sitting around a computer with my siblings editing my resume as a graduate in my field with no experience and applying for jobs every day with no luck. I know now that I would have benefited from some feedback about how I was interviewing and what I was putting in my resume. What matters to me most is being able to pass that feedback on to candidates now to help put their best foot forward for a role they are excited about. It’s important to me to dig deeper to identify a person’s characteristics beyond just their experience and help bring those out during an interview.
What principles do you value highly in people who work with you?
I think it’s important to love what you do. I value those who are passionate about the work that they do. The energy people put out when they enjoy their work inspires me.
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your Work?
I saw my parents from a very young age working hard in a new country to make sure we never went without. My dad would work in the taxi all day and night and we barely saw him. My mum decided to go to TAFE to get into banking and graduated top of her class. Since she was a mum of 3, she had to work night shifts at the bank and came home to us getting ready for school. They encouraged me and my siblings to finish school and work hard, and not to give up regardless of what comes our way.
What is your secret talent that no one knows about?
When I was little an older sister of one of my friends taught me to play the piano. I’m a little out of practice but I still remember a song or two!
If you are interested in joining our team and creating a new career like Zahraa, contact Yseult d'Estelle Roe, Associate Director of AccountAbility for a confidential discussion.