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International Women's Day: Building a team you're proud of

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

Canada Blog - Megan SimpsonFor International Women's Day, we are featuring some of the great team leaders we have in Hays here in Canada. Sharing their story with Hays and expertise, these two women give their career insights and advice. 

From Vancouver, here is what Megan Simpson, Team Lead for Accounting & Finance, has to share about the career she built with Hays. 

Hays: Can you describe your career with Hays so far?
Megan: I started with Hays 4 years ago as an Associate Recruitment Consultant in Non-Designated Accounting & Finance. Since then, I have moved within the company to Recruitment Consultant, then Senior Consultant, and now Team lead, managing the Accounting & Finance team in Vancouver.

Hays: What has your biggest challenge been and what did you learn from it?
Megan: The biggest challenges always come during a time of change. Whether it’s taking on new types of roles or growing into a more senior level position, or changes within the team. I’ve gone through a lot of these “periods of change” at Hays, and I think the biggest thing I’ve learned from it is that you just have to keep your head down and truck on. Don’t focus on how overwhelming the situation is, but focus on the task at hand and just do the best you can. Ask for help when you need it, and set realistic expectations for yourself to you and your managers.

Hays: What advice would you give a woman starting out their career?

Megan: I would tell them to be confident in themselves and their abilities, but also to allow themselves to make mistakes and to be forgiving of themselves. At a Women In Business event we hosted recently, the consistent theme among the speakers was to “just say yes, and learn how to do it later”. We tend to over-think things, but I would say just take the plunge, and you’ll likely surprise yourself with your ability to handle the situation. And if not, it was a learning experience!

Hays: What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

Megan: I think my biggest achievement within the business remains to be seen as I build up the team here in Vancouver. But things I’ve been proud of thus far have been keeping a one man team afloat, and improving our relationship with industry groups and the community.

Hays: How women can help women in the workforce?

Megan: I think generally we need to be more supportive of each other, and welcome people that can balance out our weaknesses with their strengths.

Hear more from our Team Lead for Construction & Property in Ottawa, Lisa West. 

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