HeyU Issue 54 - 24 April - Page 18

What career accomplishment are you most proud of? Before I can say what I am proud of, I have to acknowledge what I am grateful for. My mother was a single mum who often worked three jobs to provide for her children. She afforded me the privilege of a first- class high school education that paved the way to my acceptance at USQ. I was the only one of my siblings who studied at university — not because I was the smartest, far from it. I was the youngest, and this meant I had privileges that my elder siblings did not. I am forever grateful to my mother and my siblings for the support and care I was surrounded with growing up. My mother taught me the value of hard work and to respect the value of money. From these humble beginnings, the fact that I am now working in New York, and responsible for the team who find the best people on the planet to make the world more open and connected for the 1.8 billion people who use Facebook every month, blows my mind. Landing the job as Head of Global Recruitment for Facebook was absolutely the proudest moment of my career. Where do you see yourself five years from now? Each year, I write a vision for the year ahead. (I don’t tend to plan too far in advance of a year!) I write this vision in January as if it's the 31st of December that year and I'm looking back, describing what I've achieved. I write about my contribution to family, my physical, emotional and mental health, community and work. Across each of these dimensions of my life I would hope that I am doing better than the year before, and that I am more focused, more balanced and more grateful. What’s it like working for Facebook? • We are a committed group of people working together to connect the world. The people at Facebook are smart, ambitious, and driven by the belief that a connected world is a better world. • We work differently. We’re applying the same level of innovation that we use to create products to build a culture and a company that can redefine the way work gets done. • We solve problems with global scale and complexity. The scale and complexity of Facebook’s system is unprecedented. People can work on problems at Facebook that they can’t work on anywhere else. Our work touches the lives of more than 1.8 billion people. Quick 5 with Miranda: 1. What are you most impressed by in a job interview? Candor, confidence and preparation. 2. What are you least impressed by in a job interview? Name-dropping and arrogance. 3. What can students be doing now to help their careers later? Valuing the relationships that they’ve developed as students. These relationships will form their future networks and can be lifelong if they are treasured as a student. 4. What stops people from progressing to the interview process? Do you have any advice for these people? Your strengths are the things you do that when you are doing them you lose track of time, because you are fully absorbed and ‘in your zone’. Knowing your strengths, validating them with the people closest to you, and being able to articulate them will be a distinct advantage in any interview. 5. What stands out to you on a résumé? Someone whose activities demonstrate a need to juggle competing priorities and effectively manage their time — a slice of real life rather than a manufactured one, for example, part-time work, study, extracurricular activities or community work.