PXP Spotlight: Getting to know Claire Venter, Principal Consultant

PXP Spotlight: Getting to know Claire Venter, Principal Consultant


2018 has been a huge year at Peopleconnexion ? we?re pinching ourselves that it’s already May.

This year has seen our agency expand our teams in Australia and Papua New Guinea, open a new office on Queensland’s Gold Coast and undertake a range of incredibly exciting Training & Development programs for some of Papua New Guinea’s largest organisations.

As Peopleconnexion continues to grow and welcome talented new staff, we are starting a new series introducing our newest team members to our clients, candidates and contractors.

Many of our clients and candidates have already had the pleasure of meeting Claire Venter, our newest Principal Consultant at Peopleconnexion PNG.

Known around the Peopleconnexion offices for her charisma and incredible speed to market, Claire specialises in finance positions in Papua New Guinea, and has also recruited various expatriate roles in the mining and aviation industries.

PXP: Can you tell us about your experience in recruitment & HR?

I have 12 years? experience in recruitment and have had the opportunity to work with organisations allowing me to explore different sectors.  This has given me the ability to be able multi-task by switching between different roles.   I have learnt a lot about different industry types and have worked on all different levels right up to CEO.   

I thoroughly enjoy recruiting all types of positions and have worked in many different sectors during my career.  I have mainly worked in Legal, Mining, Engineering, HR and Finance roles in Dubai, South Africa, Australia and Papua New Guinea.  

PXP: How did you first start out in recruitment?

I started my career in Legal Recruitment and then moved into a generalist agency and worked with different clients and on a range of positions. 

After being in recruitment for 7 years, I decided to venture out and start my own recruitment company.  This was based in South Africa and I specialised mainly in engineering positions within Solar Energy as well as Mining.  

Further to this, I was lucky enough to be sponsored from South Africa to move to Australia to work at a large recruitment agency. I spent a year working on permanent roles and then moved into the temporary / high volume recruitment space which I worked for 2 years.  Working in high volume gave me the opportunity to put a lot more focus on the work health safety and compliance of HR as well as work on my speed to market.   

I have good all-round experience of the recruitment cycle.  I absolutely love the challenges that I am faced with on a daily basis.  No day is the same in and it really is a career that builds character.  You certainly have your up and downs, but the ups have far outweighed the downs.   I can honestly say I am passionate and confident about what I do.

PXP: How would you sum up your approach to recruitment? What’s your ‘secret sauce??

Honesty is the best policy and delivering what is expected of i.e. quality candidates and a quality service.  I listen to my clients and candidates and make sure I understand their needs in order to provide the best service I possibly can. 

PXP: Outside of recruitment, what are you passionate about?

Of course my husband and my two gorgeous boys!  I absolutely love the beach.  Cannot live without it. I am also passionate about animals and our environment and life in general.

PXP: When you?re not in the office, where can we find you?

On the beach spending time with my family and friends. 

PXP: In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of recruitment?

I love it when I offer a candidate a job that improves their lifestyle and helps them grow their career and on the flipside I love it when my clients have been happy with my service and enjoy to continue working with me. 

PXP: Your top piece of advice for candidates?

Money is important but it’s not always about the money.   Put job satisfaction and career goals first and the money will follow.   

To get in touch with Claire and discuss your organisation’s finance recruitment requirements, please email claire@peopleconnexion.com or connect with Claire on LinkedIn

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