Interview with a Recruitment Agency Owner

Today I am pleased to bring you another interview in my “Women at Work” series. The aim of this series is to introduce women to a variety of interesting careers. This is in order to inspire women of all ages to aspire to a career (either full or part time) which they LOVE, especially teens, university leavers and moms who have been raising kids and have been out of the job world for a while!!

Today I have an Interview with a Recruitment Agency Owner. Tamlyn-Jane Trefz is the owner of One Recruitment. Here she shares some insights into her work life…

What is your current job?
I am the owner of One Recruitment, a recruitment agency in the Cape Town Area. One Recruitment is part of a national, fractal network of specialist recruiters whose objectives include building trusted business relationships, delivering recruitment solutions with integrity and providing professional services such as recruitment, office support and training.

How did you end up in your current position?
I was at a point in my life where I was not happy in my position and as a Christian wanted to be where God wanted me to be. Newly married at 21 years of age I took the leap of faith and resigned with no job to go to. I was interviewed for a position which I was offered and realised it was not where I was meant to be and decided to decline. The person that had interviewed me called me a month later and offered me a position at his company to “job shadow” him and work with him for three months with the option to go out on my own and become associates. After the three months I decided to give it a try and nearly 7 years later God has been good and One Recruitment has been truly blessed with assisting other people to find places where they are meant to be.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
When I was not happy in my previous position – I decided that my passion was in recruitment or property

What did you study – was it in this field or something different?
I studied a years course at Montrose Business College

What’s the best part of your job? And the worst/ most challenging part?
The best is definitely phoning a candidate to tell them they have been offered the position! And the joy you hear in their voices.
The most challenging is when candidates don’t rock up to their interviews with your clients – even when you phone them and they say they are on the way and they still don’t go through.

Who would be your “dream” job, or are you doing it?
I love what I do with all the challenges that it brings – it also brings me freedom to work around my children which at this stage is the most important thing to me.

What is your typical day?
My days vary, some are spent interviewing candidates at a local coffee shop – to spending a day behind the computer searching my data base, to working late at night because during the day I wasn’t able to because of a sick child etc. My day defiantly varies from day to day and week to week.

Thanks so much Tamlyn-Jane for taking part in this series and sharing a little bit of insight into your life and the choices you have made as a mom trying to find balance. It is really great to read about how other women juggle all the responsibilities they have! May One Recruitment continue to grow! You can contact Tamlyn via her LinkedIn profile.


If you, or a woman you know, has an interesting job and would be happy to be an interviewee please do contact me.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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