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RCSA Award winner, Janice McNab named finalist for "Women of Influence"

September 11, 2017

Managing Director of Tradestaff and RCSA Member, Janice McNab was recently named a finalist in the Fairfax and Westpac 2017 Women of Influence in the Board and Leadership Category. A huge honour and recognition of Janice's hard work as a respected leader in one of the most successful recruitment companies in New Zealand. 


Pictured below: Janice and her team at Tradestaff NZ win at the RCSA Awards


We had a chat with Janice about her nomination. 


Firstly, congratulations on being named in the final list of the coveted Fairfax and Westpac 2017 Women of Influence. 


How does this kind of recognition make you feel?


At first, I was somewhat overwhelmed  that my senior leadership team put me forward for the award. When I heard I had made the final cut, there is initially that feeling of “imposter syndrome” that I think most of us experience from time to time, particularly when I was reading through the bios of the other talented and accomplished women in the category. 


Now I’ve had time to contemplate it, I feel both proud and privileged, along with a sense of responsibility; responsibility to represent and showcase both Tradestaff and the recruitment industry positively to a different audience, and responsibility to do justice to all women out there doing such a great job often without the recognition they deserve.  I want to ensure I do justice to those who nominated me and continue to meet their expectations of what I deliver to them.




Tell us a little bit about yourself – how did you get started in recruitment?


I started in recruitment 20 years ago now by applying for a consulting role.  At that time I was looking for a new career that would allow me to use what I saw were my strengths in terms of being a sales-driven role, along with lots of people interaction.  The advert I applied for was headed up “Needle in a Haystack”.  That caught my attention as it was certainly not the kind of heading job ads were using 20 years ago! Back then recruitment was still a relatively immature industry in NZ, and the opportunity to get in at the ground floor level of something was really exciting.