Whether it’s planning, developing and implementing a new and productive Talent Acquisition strategy for Manning Global or supplying quality candidates for her clients, our newest TAM Natasha Mess never tires for that perfect hire! Here’s her thoughts on quad biking, quarantines and remote recruiting during the Covid-19 pandemic, plus her top tips for achieving the perfect work/life balance!
Firstly, how are you feeling? What’s it like to be working remotely – how has your routine / work changed?
I am great thank you. Embracing the new normal! I think we all know working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. For the majority of us, working from home requires a lot of willpower and developing loads of healthy habits to stay on top of work and home life. Gone are the days of commuting to the office; in are the days where you roll out of bed and hop onto the computer, right?!
Indeed. Any advice for people working remotely?
Yes, here’s my top three tips…
Firstly, develop a morning routine: experiment and find a routine that works for your unique situation.
Secondly, the key in any role is communication and it is such an important asset when working remotely, therefore arrange 1-2-1 calls and clearly state the progress you make daily or weekly.
Last but not least, get rid of distractions, to do this create a comfortable working space, avoid social media and don’t have Netflix on in the background or in my case, ignore the dishes until after work!
How long have you worked for Manning Global?
I joined the team in July 2020.
What made you choose recruitment as a career?
I didn’t choose recruitment – it chose me! I left school with no career plans and had no idea what I wanted to do. A friend recommended that I apply for a job [my first recruitment agency role] and I loved it! I thrive in this industry. What other job allows you to be a marketeer, business development manager, problem solver and negotiator all rolled into one? I love that no two days are the same and honestly couldn’t see myself ever working in any other industry.
What does your role at Manning Global mostly entail?
I am a Talent Acquisition Manager, I am mainly responsible for filling positions for my clients and ensuring that the current employees are satisfied with the company. I am also in charge of planning, developing and implementing a new and productive Talent Acquisition strategy for Manning Global.
What is the best thing about your job at Manning Global?
The team. Different cultures, languages and beliefs. Although we are located across the world, you get the sense of family: #MGfamily!
What qualities do you need to succeed at Manning Global?
To be successful you must have excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for working with others. You must be incredibly organised and be able to multitask.
What is your advice to someone considering a career with Manning Global?
Make the jump, it is a great team and we would love to have you on board!
What was your dream job as a child?
I wanted to be a pilot and travel the world!
What was your first job?
I was a paper girl. I will never forget, my paper round was so large that I had to have two bags on each shoulder to balance out the weight of the papers or I would fall off my bike!
What’s your most hated industry buzzword?
‘Sourcer’ – for some reason it makes me think of a phrase used in the Harry Potter films!
What’s your biggest professional goal this year?
To make my team proud, build strong accounts and create new opportunities for us.
Who do you look up to the most?
I’d say my family, boyfriend and close friends. They have all played a huge role in helping me become the person I am today. They may never admit it, but they are incredibly humble, generous and kind – which are all the things I strive to be.
What’s your proudest professional accomplishment?
Becoming a Talent Acquisition Manager for Manning Global at the age of 25.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like to workout and go for long walks with my dog, Cooper. Travelling is also a huge hobby of mine. Oh, and I used to be a motocross quad biker, as you can see from the picture above!
What are you binge-watching right now?
Grey’s Anatomy – if recruitment fails, I’m sure I can become a doctor after a few seasons, right?
If you had one super power, what would it be?
Mind-reading. How fun would it be to know what other people are thinking!?
If you could listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader.
Finally, what is your life motto?
‘Live whimsically, love extravagantly, dream boldly, create daily.’