To mark 2020’s International Women’s Day (IWD), Oasis HR is showcasing four influential women in our network that we feel have shown resistance, passion, and determination in their fields.
We are excited to introduce our first ‘International Woman Of The Year’… Margaret Buj. Margaret is an influential recruitment leader pushing to hire more women in the technology space…
International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. A focal point in the movement for women’s rights. This year’s IWD 2020 campaign theme is centred about #EachforEqual. As the celebration of IWD strives to achieve gender equality in all businesses, our campaign aims to highlight the successes of four amazing women in Human Resources and Recruitment.
Margaret Buj has been described as a trailblazer for hiring women in tech. Her passion for Diversity & Inclusion has been apparent throughout her career, as she’s coached hundreds of UK & international professionals to help them get hired. Her interview advice has been featured in various publications. This includes Management Today, Financial Times and Cosmopolitan (amongst others). After letting Margaret know she had been chosen as one of Oasis HR’s ‘International Women of the Year‘ – we caught up with her to discuss her journey to becoming the successful Talent Acquisition professional she is today.
We asked Margaret Buj to summarise her current experience, before asking her some more personal questions…
1. Tell us about your career so far…
“I am a Talent Acquisition Manager with 14 years of international recruitment experience within global technology and e-commerce brands. (This includes Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, Expedia), tech start-ups (including Yieldify, King) and now consulting (Avanade). I’ve gained experience of recruiting entire commercial/tech functions as well as levels across EMEA & the US region. In my current contract role at Avanade, I am the first hire in Europe focusing almost exclusively on hiring women for consulting, engineering and delivery roles across Europe. As an interview coach, I’ve also helped hundreds of people worldwide to get the jobs and promotions they wanted.”
2. What piece of advice would you give your 16-year old self?
“There are a few: Good things in life take a long time. Life isn’t a race and we all progress at a different pace. Every time you’re faced with a challenge what you’re actually facing is a lesson. You can learn from almost anything even though you don’t see it at the time. And finally, be curious. Try new things as this is usually how you figure out what you’re most passionate about.”
3. Who has been the most influential person in your life?
“There isn’t just one person. There have been a lot of people who’ve had a big influence in my life. From my parents who taught me values to live by, to amazing coaches/mentors I’ve worked with who showed me different ways of being or doing things to colleagues or friends who inspire me with various things whether it’s their resilience. Actually, some of the people who have been influential in my life, I’ve never actually met in real life but they have inspired me by what they teach.”
4. What significant obstacle have you overcome?
“I remember one-time several years ago where within a space of a week I had to move out of my flat quite unexpectedly; then I lost my job and also got robbed of all my savings on the same day… that was a pretty tough several weeks that followed afterwards!”
5. What is your most precious achievement?
“I was honoured to have been included on the list of Top Career Influencers to Follow in Jan this year, alongside a list of people whose work I really admire, including other women in tech.”
If you enjoyed this interview and want to get inspired by more successful women in HR and recruitment, have a look at the nuggets of wisdom our other nominees have shared for IWD 2020. Additionally, you can have a look at Oasis HR’s ‘Women of the Year 2019‘.