SUCCESS TIPS FROM WOMEN TO WOMEN – PART 2
Our next guest is Jenni Scott, our Senior Business Manager, leading our Construction & Property team in Houston.
Jenni: I started my Hays career in 2006 recruiting in the Property sector throughout Queensland, Australia. A few years later, I had the opportunity to transfer with Hays to my hometown of Newcastle, Australia to take on a larger management role overseeing the Resources & Mining business. My biggest and most challenging move came in 2013 when I relocated to Houston to launch the Construction & Property specialism. I’ve had more than 10 years working for Hays and still find myself incredibly grateful to work with a company who truly empowers women in business and women in leadership roles.
Dan: What has your biggest challenge been and what did you learn from it?
Jenni: The decision-making process leading up to my relocation to America was challenging. The challenge wasn’t necessarily making the decision because I knew that this experience was exactly what I had aspired to find. The challenge was mentally overcoming some of the objections and influences from friends, family, and colleagues who were fearful that I would lose more than I would gain from the opportunity. What I learned from this, was to trust my own intuition and follow my heart. Don’t let anyone ever tell you can’t do something. You can never be faulted for having a go, and regardless of the outcome, you’ll learn important lessons from the experience.
Dan: What advice would you give women starting out their career?
Jenni: Have belief in yourself and value the contribution and unique perspective you can offer. I think it’s important to give yourself a voice and to speak up about what you want. Don’t sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you, rather go out and get them. Negotiate your compensation and know you’re worth it. Surround yourself with strong, successful women by building yourself a network of colleagues and friends both within your organization and independently who can support you as a career mentor. I am lucky to have some successful women in my life who offer advice and support to me as needed to help me navigate my own career. But that said, don’t underestimate the lessons you will learn from your male colleagues or leadership. Males & females often bring a slightly different approach and to get the best results, it’s important to consider all perspectives.
Dan: What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?
Jenni: My biggest achievement in my career has also been one of my most challenging at the same time. Leaving Australia and moving my life overseas to Houston was a risk and a big unknown entity. It was a city I’d never visited, a startup office in a market I was unfamiliar with, and a place that is far away from friends and family. But as it turned out, it was a risk that has paid off and in more ways than one. The whole experience pushed me outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow and develop both professionally and personally.
Jenni: Women are often their own worst enemies as we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves, both in our work and private lives. While it’s healthy to have some competition in the workplace, don’t let your competitiveness become personal. Be kind, compassionate, and support one another.
Jenni is an inspiration for many women in our business and she is key to our success in the Houston area. Thanks for your amazing work so far, and we’re looking forward to what you will achieve next.
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