HR PROFESSIONAL, WESTRAC
Claire Pavey is a 23-year-old aspiring HR professional. After obtaining a Bachelor of Business in 2017 with a double major in Management and Human Resources, Claire started her career as an Agency Recruiter focusing on the IT space and later moving to the blue-collar sector. She has recently transitioned to an internal recruitment role with WesTrac and it has been an awesome adventure so far.
Claire has a passion for Human Resources and loves being able to utilise her knowledge of the markets and her ever-growing network to provide people with the opportunity to be successful in their dream career.
Claire loves Human Resources as a profession because it gives her the ability to connect with so many different individuals and have an influence on their employee experience. ‘Our careers take up such a large portion of our lives that I take a real sense of pride but also responsibility in the role I play day to day in the employee life cycle. I love meeting with so many new people who are talented and passionate about what they do and I am so honoured to be in a position to provide advice, support and opportunity to the people I meet.’
How do you manage your work/life balance?
This is something I have only recently implemented but so far it’s been beneficial in so many ways. I no longer check emails or take work calls after hours. Being in recruitment I used to be attached to my phone and I would have candidates and clients trying to contact me at all hours and I would feel so lazy if I didn’t respond but I realised it was just not sustainable. I felt tired constantly and I never really got solid down time to just switch off. So now, my work stays at work and I am living proof that it will still be there waiting for me in the morning! Aside from that, I am a serial list maker. Whether I am working or not I always have a list of the tasks I need to accomplish for that day so I know what I am working towards. It helps me prioritise not only work but also my family and social life. There is enough time to do everything if you plan it right!
What motivates and drives you?
In terms of my professional life, I find it hard to explain what drives me. I remember around the age of 16 deciding I wanted to pursue a career in Human Resources and ever since I have just felt this strong intrinsic desire to work towards gaining education and experience in this field. It is like a little light inside of me that never wavers. I love learning and I love using the knowledge I obtain to be able to inform and advise others and I have found a career that encompasses those two elements and brings me so much fulfilment.
What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession (or in general)?
In my personal opinion to be successful in recruitment you need to love meeting people and being able to analyse. Analysis in recruitment is so important. You need to analyse your candidates, find their strengths, areas for further development, analyse the role in its entirety, the organisational culture, the management, progression and succession, the list goes on. In addition to this, you need to care. You need to care enough to do your research, to be well informed, to meet deadlines and to deliver outcomes to stakeholders in a value adding way.
How do you define success?
I used to think of success as a destination, I would always have in my head if I keep working hard and keep furthering my education one day I will be successful but I have recently come to realise that life looks a little sad with that mindset. We as humans always want more so this idea that one day i will just wake up and feel like I have achieved success isn’t very realistic. I have since shifted my focus to seeing my success in my day to day life and taking time to reflect on how far I have come regularly. For me now, success is waking up with a purpose, having the chance to learn and experience new things everyday and going to bed feeling content. Success for me is not about having, it is about feeling.
Do you have a life motto/mantra that keeps you going?
My two favourites are ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ and ‘the grass is greener where you water it.’ To be happy you have to have your own sense of purpose and being and not pursue things in life that don’t serve you on a personal level. In a world that is so engrossed by social media I think it’s really important to ‘run your own race’ and go after things that you want, not things you want others to know you have.