Balancing the Grind with Camille Chastan, Talent Acquisition Manager at Countingup

Camille Chastan is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Countingup, a company on a mission to make it easier to run a small business current account.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I have 7 years of experience in recruitment, the last 3 in-house. I started as an architecture and design specialised recruiter -being myself a qualified Architect in France- and have climbed the ladder from Recruitment Consultant in an agency to my current role, Talent Acquisition Manager for Countingup, a fintech startup.

My role at Countingup is to deliver talents across the whole business functions, partner with different stakeholders, create more efficient processes and collaborate with HR on diverse projects.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

My days are always very colourful and never the same! Mornings are early and happy before work, spent with my family. 

At Countingup, everyone does their best work, including me! Usually at pace, to ensure I can successfully juggle multiple tasks. The biggest part of my workday is communicating with different parties.

Screening potential candidates, organising interviews with Hiring Managers and giving them advice on the best way to deal with all sorts of recruitment situations, taking part in the talent acquisition strategy by creating for example the recruitment playbook, some guidance for interviews, learning how data can make my life easier. 

Then I enjoy the evening with family or friends, making sure I make the most of each moment, and I am recharged for the next day.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance means that I can enjoy my job, achieve my goals and complete what is expected from me by the business and that I can also feel fulfilled in my personal life. Being able to exercise at lunchtime, play with my daughter in the morning, pick her up from nursery and find time to see friends after work. But It is mainly being assured that if something happens during the day, I know that I can deal with it freely and stress free. 

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I have started to exercise again at lunchtime for a few months, because I have the time again since I have started this new job at Countingup. I am also eating healthier and I am going to bed earlier, which is a life changer! I have more energy and feel happier in general.

5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

I really enjoy podcasts because they are for me the easiest way to receive information at the moment, on the go. I would recommend Recruiting Future, with Matt Alder. In each episode, he interviews a new guest to get to the heart of the latest trends and the rapid digital transformation we’re seeing in HR and recruitment.

And The Recruiting Brainfood Podcast hosted by Hung Lee. He’s joined by a different industry expert every week to discuss the trends that are impacting recruiters and changing the industry as a whole.

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Maybe Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and mum of 5. As a new mum and an ambitious professional with a full-time job, I would love to hear about women leaders who manage to maintain a good work-life balance and family life. 

7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

I think work-life balance is often something that is offered to us but that we do not seize because we don’t think we can. 

I feel like since the pandemic, employees are more valued for the work they do and less by the time they spend at it. We can see it with all the new flexible benefits that companies have promoted in the last year. I truly believe that employees who are trusted at work and happy in their personal lives will be the best performers. 

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.