"Working in healthcare means purpose, accountability and making a difference. I love that I get to learn new things each day and work with clients and candidates who's main focus is on the best outcome for the patient. It's an innovative and fascinating industry."
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"I soon learnt that being a good listener, understanding people's needs first and building strong relationships was key to be successful in recruitment..."
Why did you decide to enter in the recruitment industry?
Recruitment was suggested to me as I have always been passionate about helping others. Initially, I thought recruitment was all about being a great salesperson, which was something I lacked confidence in at the start of my career. However, I quickly learned that being an attentive listener, understanding people's needs, and building strong relationships were crucial to succeed in recruitment. These are skills that come naturally to me and have made me thrive in this industry for the past 15 years.
"We all want to be a part of something where we can make a contribution to our communities."
What was it about healthcare that appealed to you?
The healthcare industry initially caught my attention due to its innovative nature and focus on saving and enhancing patients' lives. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about this industry and help create a healthier and better way of living. However, over time, I have developed a personal investment in this industry and find great purpose in my role. It's rewarding to be a part of something that contributes to our communities and makes a positive impact on people's lives.
"Within the first 2 weeks of the candidate being placed in the role, the Head of HR reached out to congratulate me on a fantastic placement following feedback they had received from multiple stakeholders internally."
Tell us about your most memorable role placement. What were the challenges and achievements?
One of my most memorable placements was for a Warehouse Manager role with a large global healthcare company that had operations in Darwin. We had just secured a spot on their PSA and were tasked with finding a suitable candidate for their most challenging role, which had remained vacant for the past year.
Darwin posed a challenge due to its location, with limited qualified candidates in the area. We had to screen through numerous applicants and be very selective in our search for a suitable manager. This led to daily challenges, where I had to face agitation and rudeness from candidates who did not meet our expectations.
However, our persistence paid off, and we successfully sourced a candidate who not only met their high regulatory requirements but also fit their culture perfectly. Within two weeks of being placed in the role, we received feedback from multiple stakeholders internally, congratulating us on an excellent placement.
What education background do you have that helps you with your current job?
While my education has undoubtedly helped me in my career, it is my years of experience and my constant desire to learn that have been most beneficial. I continuously take courses and training to equip myself with relevant skills and knowledge, which has helped me stay ahead in this industry.
"I work best in partnership where there is transparent communication."
Why a client or candidate should work with you?
If you're looking to partner with someone who understands your objectives and goals, then I am the right person for you. I thrive in a transparent communication partnership and am very persistent and patient, even in challenging environments. I am driven by outcomes and people-oriented, and my greatest satisfaction comes from helping both my clients and candidates achieve success.
Your personal Advice for Candidates
Remember that first impressions matter, especially when it comes to your resume. Take the time to review and update your resume, correcting spelling errors, grammar, and punctuation. Ensure that your dates are accurate, and your most recent employment is highlighted. Keep your duties clear and concise, and tailor your resume to align with the job you are applying for. Investing time upfront in your resume can make all the difference and help you stand out from the crowd.
Manufacturing and Production
Warehousing and Logistics
Michelle is a highly efficient, competent and responsive recruiter. The role I was hired for was exactly as advertised. The contract terms and rate negotiation was highly transparent and I was extremely pleased with the overall outcome and role. Michelle was in constant contact with regular updates on the progress of the role and contract being negotiated. The contract signing, and conditions in the contract, exactly as agreed/discussed during the negotiation phase. I'd recommend Michelle as a recruiter for anyone looking for a role in her area of specialisation.
Data Migration Lead , Biotechnology Company
Michelle is highly dedicated and passionate about reaching the best outcomes for her client. During my dealings with Michelle she continually endeavoured to go above and beyond with efficiently and utmost professionalism. Michelle provided sound knowledge and understanding across the requirements to a very high calibre.
Head of IT , Media Company
Michelle at HPG has been our recruitment partner for over 4 years now and helped with both permanent and contract recruitment. In fact, our nearly our entire Warehouse Team has been fulfilled by Michelle! I believe this is in large part because she really understands our culture. The candidates provided by Michelle and HPG are always of a high standard, adding value from their initial days and are always reliable.
Warehouse Supervisor , Medical Devices Company
Michelle and I have worked together on multiple placements over the past 5 years. We continue to work together because Michelle is a true professional and provides a very high level of customer centric care. In my experience Michelle is efficient and effective every time. She listens and understands how to support busy hiring managers
Human Resource Manager , Medical Devices Company
Jobs by Michelle Vermaak.
5 days ago
Warehousing and Logistics
Junior Inventory Controller
$32.00 per hour + super
Benefits: 6 month assignment working full time hours Monday to Friday. Located in Inner Suburbs of Brisbane. Great team and company culture. About...