5 Minutes With Senior Consultant Suzie Gates
Suzie specialises in recruiting mid to senior permanent marketing roles primarily across services industries. She has over 13 years’ experience in leading Advertising Agencies in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
How did you get into recruitment?
Prior to recruitment I suited for some fabulous clients and brands in advertising agencies. After 13 years I was looking for a new challenge - I felt like I needed a role with a different pace while still being a people oriented position with variety. I fell into recruitment when I was looking for marketing roles and Gaulter Russell suggested I come work with them.
What do you enjoy most about recruitment?
I really like the people part, building relationships with candidates and clients. I enjoy delving into people’s careers and finding out more about them and what they are looking for, plus I really enjoy talking to hiring managers and finding out more about their businesses, their plans and challenges in the marketing space.
What types of experience is in hot demand right now?
A few things, firstly as you’d expect, customer experience is big as is business transformation/change management. Secondly I often get asked by clients how advanced people’s strategic and digital skill sets are for marketing roles. Lastly in terms of work processes agile and scrum are becoming more day to day.
What advice would you give to a job seeker?
Ensure your CV is something that people want to read. Ensure your job history, roles, responsibilities and accomplishments are really clear, keep it simple.
Apply for roles that suit your skill set and what you are looking for fit wise. These days cultural fit is as critical as ensuring the candidate has the right skill set.
If you’re going through to the interview stage make sure you know the company’s business and be armed with insightful questions relative to the company and the role. Own it, be confident talking about your successes, but also understand how to read the room in an interview, know when to ask questions and when to listen. Most importantly be yourself.
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the role first time, the right role is out there for you, it’s just a matter of timing.
What do you think is unique about the NZ job market compared to overseas?
I’ve spent a good chunk of my career in London as well as Sydney and Dublin. The biggest difference is obviously the size of the NZ market is small which has both its’ opportunities and draw backs in terms of roles, company size and what stage they are at in terms of innovation. It’s also important you keep up good relationships with people as you never know where they will pop up!
Kiwis are naturally friendly which is great and the office working style has become more day to day life - an extension of you including flexibility and family etc.
What do you look for in a candidate?
I look for a solid CV with a really good skill set and proof of rising the ranks. It’s important that candidates are confident and present themselves well.
Interview by Alisa Moore, Research & Community Manager at Gaulter Russell Numero.