Aveen Stewart joined the Dynamic Signal team in October of 2019. She’s part of our fast-growing Belfast team. In the latest post about the people at DySi, she outlines her role and work as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator.
Talk us through your role at Dynamic Signal?
I am a Recruiter for Dynamic Signal. I specifically recruit for the Belfast office and roles for all of our departments. So far, it has been mainly technical roles. But recently we have been recruiting to expand our Customer Success team. So, it’s great to get a variety in the skills that I look for and the chance to speak to lots of different types of people. A big part of my job is to source candidates and get chatting about Dynamic Signal, talk about the product, and engage with people who may not have otherwise applied.
Another aspect of my role is to increase the brand awareness of Dynamic Signal locally and really shout about who we are and why we are a great place to work! I do this by posting content and representing Dynamic Signal at industry events.
What drew you to Dynamic Signal?
The origins around why the product was created – to promote great employee engagement – really spoke to me. The way we work and communicate is changing in life. So, organisations should take note and adapt to that!
I also loved the idea of joining a company in the early stages of its growth in Belfast. I got this feeling that I could make a real impact on the next chapter of the story and play a part in making this a great company for Belfast! There has been so much to be proud of in the short time that I’ve been here so far – our brand-new offices, 4 Digital DNA nominations, and the growth of a great team!
Talk us through your working day?
Although my working day has changed a lot since lockdown, it still starts the same way – Coffee!! I like to get out for a walk before starting work. I find it helps me concentrate better in the day if I’ve been out for some fresh air before I sit down.
With two of us working from home, I had to make my office in the kitchen. So, I like to make sure it’s nice and tidy before I start – it certainly doesn’t finish that way! – and then I get started. I check through any emails that have come through from hiring managers the night before and address anything urgent. Then I begin reviewing applications and contact any great candidates to set up screening calls. I like to make a to-do list the night before, so I add to that throughout the morning.
At 10 a.m., I have a stand up with our HR Manager. We put this in place the day we found out we were going to be working from home, and it’s been so great to be able to have daily contact with someone from the office. I think it has helped us both not feel as lonely in our work, which is so important during this time!
Most days, I have a recruitment catch-up call in the morning with the Site Lead in Belfast, and then with the broader HR and Recruitment time in the evenings once they come online.
The rest of my day is spent on calls interviewing and chatting with candidates for our open role. In my job, I get to speak to a lot of different people across the IT sector. It’s also been great to connect with people in the community – especially when we are all isolated. It’s helped me keep on top of what’s going on locally and know we are all in this together.
I spend a lot of my days on LinkedIn between posting news about Dynamic Signal or finding great new talent for the team. I am always on there. So feel free to drop me a message anytime with questions or just to say hi!
Have you created a WFH routine?
Yes (and no). Have I always stuck to it religiously? Definitely not! I think the idea of a WFH routine is great, but it’s hard to do it every day!
I like to get out for a morning walk before work and having two dogs who are always itching to get out helps make sure that happens! I also like to try and get a home workout in after work. But sometimes the motivation is just not there. At the beginning of lockdown, I was doing a yoga class every morning. But now, I celebrate if I get can one done a week! We’ve all had to adapt during this time, and it’s important to realise that we can’t do it all – especially when you are still working full-time!
On the weekends, I try to get out in the fresh air and sun as much as possible. I’m lucky to live so close to Cavehill, and it has a beach. I have put a real effort into reading all the books and watching all the films I’d been putting off because I didn’t have the time. So, I’m well through those lists at this stage!
What advice do you have for anyone struggling with WFH?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Some days are full of motivation and productivity. Other days you have to dig a little bit deeper to find that – and that’s okay! It’s easy to get lost in an Instagram feed where people are baking amazing cakes (well, mostly banana bread), transforming their homes or bodies, or upskilling their CV. It can start to feel a little intimidating! But if you are still working hard at your job as well as running households and everything that comes with that, give yourself a break. We are all doing the best that we can, and you’re doing great!