Meet Zenjob - Tabea Spiekermann

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Meet our People Support Specialist Tabea, who started her journey at Zenjob 2 years ago. Moving from Operations to the People & Culture department, Tabea tells us about her love for HR and how she has grown into her current role by driving her own professional development. 

When did you join Zenjob and in what role? Can you tell us a bit about the early days?

I joined Zenjob’s operations team (now Account Management) in April 2018 as a Project and Recruiting Manager. I was mainly responsible for hiring operations managers and setting up processes, shift plans, org charts etc. Looking back I am very happy I started my Zenjob journey there, because it gave me a lot of initial insights into the operational side of the company, that I would have missed otherwise. 

How has your career progressed and your role changed since you joined Zenjob? 

As my heart had always beaten for HR, I took the opportunity to switch to the People & Culture team in August 2018, which at that time was only one other person (now a team of 13). I learned so much from my teammate and was therefore well prepared when she left into maternity leave one year later. Back in 2018, we didn’t have many processes in place in our team and I am happy I could contribute to many processes we have set up in the meantime to streamline how we support our people. 

What has contributed to your growth? What sources do you use to develop yourself professionally? 

Thanks to Zenjob I was able to participate in a 10 month long HR training, where I learned a lot both professionally and personally. I really appreciate that Zenjob is an employer where you can actually make mistakes and learn from them. Besides the freedom my team had in setting up processes, there were also some books that have contributed to my growth and that I can totally recommend:

  • All books by John Strelecky (such as “The big 5” or “The Why cafe”
  • “Make Time” by Jake Knapp and John Zeratzky
  • “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie

When it comes to time management and being efficient in your work I recommend using Asana.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to progress in their career or change their career path?

I would always suggest speaking about your thoughts (or problems in general) to as many people as possible. You will get advice and ideas from people you wouldn’t have expected. With career changes, it helps to shadow colleagues in different departments or connect with people that already work in the field you are interested in. If you want to progress in your career, be proactive and don’t wait for your boss to come up with development topics. Instead, look for relevant training or meetups and educate yourself regularly (reading books helps massively).

What do you love about working in your position?

I love that no day equals another. As a team of two in People Support, we are quick in decision making and my position just perfectly combines working with people (supporting them both with HR topics & personal issues), as well as improving processes and tools to improve the employee experience.

What are your top 3 favourite things about working at Zenjob?

Flexibility, freedom and that new ideas are always welcome. Coming from a corporate I appreciate that you can actually have an impact at Zenjob and change processes for the better.

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