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Quick Fire 10 with Jamaica Oliva

  • Publish Date: Posted 7 months ago
  • Author:by Sheridan Muir

​​I had a few questions to ask Jamaica Oliva, senior technology consultant in Singapore and she shared her advice for someone just getting into the industry, the best advice she's ever been given and what's kept her in the industry.

1. How did you get into recruitment?

It all started seven years ago when one of my friends in sports introduced me to my first boss in recruitment. I knew nothing about the industry then, but I was very keen to be mentored. Through my interactions with them, I knew then that it was the environment I would thrive well in.

2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?

Focus on getting the basics right – in order to get them right, it is inevitable that you won't be perfect at first. The nice thing about it all is that we can always adapt to our environment. So just keep putting yourself out there and enjoy the journey of your development. 😊

3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?

The work itself. The psychology behind human needs. Just because a candidate fits your requirement does not automatically mean it will result in a great match and vice versa. I am fascinated about crafting a unique candidate and client experience that would lead to a successful placement. Also, being exposed to different industries and functions keep me curious and engaged. And the environment. It is amazing how much we can evolve as a person just by absorbing and operating within the recruitment industry. I know I have grown so much through my constant exposure to others.

4. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?

I had a sports-related physical injury during the 2nd year of my recruitment career. I was stressed and pressured that I could not function or work properly at that time. It would never have been possible to overcome this big hurdle without having a supportive employer and colleagues. I bounced back higher after this dip. Know that any big challenge shall pass; just keep showing up with whatever you can do each day and be gracious to let others help you out.

5. What is your number 1 secret to success?

Don’t start from scratch. Capitalize on what the business has made available for you to be successful (ask away, read, research, follow others, listen to calls etc.).

6. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Start with having the right discipline in place (in your planning, actions, reviewing, or whatever you decided you will commit to). Success, progress and failure leave clues.

7. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?

I find myself driven by the pursuit of constant growth. Recruitment is a craft, and it is constantly evolving. I noticed that the more I invest in working on my craft, the more that it pays dividends over time.

8. How do you keep a work-life balance?

Planning the week/month ahead which includes having time for work, sports/fitness, leisure, personal time to do chores, read up or explore new places within Singapore since I just moved this year; also travelling to see friends or family.

9. People would be surprised if they knew...?

I taught the fundamentals of basketball to kids aged 4- 12 as a side hustle when I was still studying an the University back in the Philippines. Then when I got my first paycheck, I bought myself my first ever bicycle at the age of 22 I think! One of the best times of my life!

10. Why Eames?

My first encounter with Eames took almost an entire year of interviewing. True to their words – they invested time in getting to know me and allowed time and space for me to explore the right decision. It was genuine how they interacted with me that attracted me to learn more from them.