I had a few questions to ask Kun Liang, technology & change management consultant in Singapore and he shared the challenges he has faced, what has kept him in the recruitment industry and why he chose to work at Eames.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
It all started from a chat with Sarah Tan (who is also at Eames Consulting) about my previous career, and how I have plans to move to a totally different field. It was then that she shared with me about recruitment which got me excited and decided to interview with Eames Consulting.
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
Define the purpose. Set SMART goals. Work really hard.
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
It is the interactions with people that has kept me going, knowing that every single day would be different. It is also very fulfilling for me to know that the work I do, has the potential to make huge impacts on others’ lives.
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date?
The proudest moment of my career to date is to have been promoted to Consultant in a span of 5 months. This was achieved despite me having no background in recruitment or technology (the patch that I cover), and it is a self-affirmation of my potential in this industry.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
The biggest challenge that I have faced thus far was having to balance between varying work arrangements due to the pandemic. This had resulted in the lack of face to face training which I felt was critical, given that I had no recruitment background. Thankfully, training was well planned and ensured that we used whatever office time remaining effectively, while covering others over virtual training sessions.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because the trust is not on the branch, but on its on wings. Always believe in yourself.”
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
“Count the small wins and keep going.”
8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
I believe success breeds success, and this mentality would drive most exponentially. Hence, with reference to my previous quote, it is important to keep track of the small wins, and it keeps me motivated.
9. How do you keep a work-life balance?
I focus on the quality of time spent over the weekends. I try to avoid doing anything work related during the weekends and take the time to rejuvenate myself for the upcoming week.
10. Why Eames?
The work culture in Eames is really fantastic. The people here are very supportive of each other and it is very comfortable to be working with such colleagues. I love it!