Kayleigh Little is the Talent Acquisition Manager at tails.com, a dog food subscription company with a big difference.
To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I started my career in recruitment back in 2014, working agency side, specifically recruiting nurses and health care assistants. I then made a few moves to other agencies and worked across different sectors such as .net development, warehouse operatives and PA/EA’s.
Back in February 2021 I started working with tails.com on a contract basis as their Talent Acquisition Partner, my role went permanent in October of the same year, and I moved into a Talent Acquisition Manager position.
My role has evolved tremendously, not only am I supporting the hiring needs of the business but working on a range of meaty projects. The variety is something I love.
What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
No day looks the same for me. I start everyday checking my emails and slacks to ensure I am fully up to date. I am a huge note taker and list writer, so my to-do list for the day is checked in the morning too.
A recent workday for me consisted of checking emails and slack, jumping on a team Google Meets call to have talk through our priorities of the week, followed by sourcing a brand new role on LinkedIn, scheduling interviews and working on potential hiring needs for 2023.
What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
Work-life balance for me is being able to switch off when the end of the day comes, going on holiday and not working, as the team and business promote this.
In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I have made a conscious effort to push myself out of my comfort zone by presenting to a number of team members, producing some training slides for our hiring managers/interviewers and learning more about employment law as a whole.
Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
I love a good book! One of my favourite reads has to be Shoe Dog. I found the book to be an honest representation of a business trying to grow, showing the struggles and successes. I also enjoyed hearing about Phil Knight’s personal life.
If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Either Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, the founders of Netflix. I would be interested to hear how they grew the largest streaming companies in the world and what work-life balance meant for them then, and now.
Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Work-life balance means different things for different people – it is important for you to establish what this means for you and understand if your business is able to facilitate those needs. If they are not, I would always recommend speaking to them first to see if they can match those needs before making any hasty decision.
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