Updated: May 24, 2020
We are surrounded by many extraordinary women whose stories need to be told and shared with the world. Women that make a positive impact in the lives of others with their kindness, wit and compassion. Women that show perseverance, patience and willpower, attributes that we all need in life to succeed. Let's meet Marie a young HR professional who will be soon relocating to Singapore where she will be working for Robert Half.
What I love the most about Marie is her open-mindedness, her big heart and positive attitude.
She's always happy to help. #InnaeWomen
What are you passionate about in life?
I'm inspired by the places I have seen, the places I'm visiting and the people I meet along the way. I've always had an international mindset, and it has been a passion for me to discover different cultures and countries; exchanging ideas with the people who live there.
This has also been my motivation in my choice to study multilingual communication. I try to feed this passion by travelling a lot and reading about cultural differences. Soon, I'll be relocating to Singapore where I'll be able to put my knowledge in practice.
What are your career aspirations?
I currently work in Human Resources, with a main focus on Recruitment and Development. It's a job I enjoy every day, since you learn to manage people both inside and outside your organization. This gives me a chance to positively impact the life of others. I find it very satisfying to see talent evolve within the organization, knowing that you contributed to this by hiring the candidate. My short-term goal is to get better at what I do and discover every single aspect of Talent Acquisition. My ultimate career aspiration in the long-run is to evolve towards a coaching position; I want to advise experienced professionals in their current job, career evolution or direction. I want to help individuals discover their talents, set their personal career goals, and work on their areas of improvement.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve encountered in your career so far?
One of the biggest struggles I experience, a classic one for millennial, is impatience. I tend to set the bar very high for myself, always wanting to use my full potential and trying to push myself to get better. Always wanting more and trying to do better is usually a good characteristic, but it can be challenging when it comes hand in hand with impatience. Expertise takes time and requires the necessary perseverance.
How important is it for you to dress for success?
As an HR person, you are usually the first person potential hires meet within the company. Therefore, I find it very important to "dress for success" and respect the formal dress code, with a fashionable touch to it. Not only does it boost your self-confidence and influences the way you behave and act, it also reveals a part of your identity. For me, knowing exactly how to dress on different occasions, makes you a fashion-conscious person.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as Business Casual, in line with the latest trends.
Where do you buy your clothes and what are your favorite brands?
I tend to be very attracted to Parisian fashion brands, such as the Kooples, Sandro and Maje, who have a very feminine and elegant, yet cool and tough style of clothing. I also like shopping in small multi-brand boutiques such as Damoy in Antwerp, Twiggy in Ghent and A Suivre in Roeselare. There, you can find fashion brands like Baum und Pferdgarten, Anine Bing, Iro, See by Chloé, etc.
JACKET: Black leather jacket from Maje (sold out) | TOP: Black t-shirt from IRO | SKIRT: Leopard print mid-long skirt from H&M (sold out)| SHOES: Black leather pumps from The Kooples (sold out). | BAG: See by Chloé Hana small crossbody bag in tan (similar color here)