It’s true that when one door closes, another opens. Rebecca fell into the recruitment industry over 15 years ago after her retail learning and development role was disestablished. The recruitment sector has continued to open doors for Rebecca, and she’s passionate about sharing its good news stories with the world!

Her recruitment career began as a hybrid recruiter, recruiting for both permanent and temporary roles across a broad range of sectors including human resources, professional services, sales & marketing, business support, and insurance. Her experience includes 9 years with Drake International where she recently led the internal talent function, and managed their suite of Talent Management Solutions. Marketing has been an important thread running throughout her career. She has facilitated various webinars and seminars, as well as initiated a number of strategic business and community partnerships.

Rebecca is a serial volunteer who likes to surround herself with great people, who are passionate about what they do, and why they do it. Others may say she’s inherently curious and likes to be where the action is! Her volunteer experience includes four years on the HRINZ Auckland Branch Committee, her last two years as Auckland Branch President (HRINZ Branch of the Year 2015). Her portfolios included leadership, marketing and sponsorships, social media and recruitment. She was co-opted onto the NZ Council of the RCSA to manage the social media portfolio and champion youth employability initiatives. She’s also served on the Unitec Business Advisory Board. Rebecca loves to bridge the worlds of recruitment and HR, and thrives on helping to lift workplace capability to drive business progress. She has a few new volunteer industry collaboration projects on the go which include jobseeker meetups and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

These days Rebecca works within marketing, supporting recruitment agencies and internal recruitment teams to tell their employment brand stories in a way that resonates with their target audience. She feels especially privileged to be back at Rhub this year as MC after taking up the challenge to MC the Sourcing Summit earlier in the year. A self-confessed RHUB fan-girl, Rebecca hasn’t missed a RHUB yet!

When Rebecca isn’t at industry events or meetups, you’re likely to cross paths at local restaurants, at the ballet, or a rock concert, or across social media platforms! She thinks fashion retail prepared her for the recruitment industry…whether looking for a pair of jeans or your next position, ultimately it’s the fit that matters most.

Twitter @rebeccaclarkenz

Rebecca is devoted and tireless in regards to elevating the HR profession, always challenging the status quo and looking for new and better ways of doing things.

Lauren Parr // CSR Limited