When the manager can’t do the job without you, you’re doing something right!
At Asset Recruitment, Aysha Townsend is the team’s right-hand woman… and their left hand for that matter. As Administration & Recruitment Coordinator, she’s the voice on the end of the phone, the first face clients and candidates see as they walk through the door, and the person responsible for ensuring the business runs smoothly.
“I don’t think I could do my job without her,” says Carmel Strange, Asset Recruitment Manager. “Our success is down to having Aysha at the helm. She knows our business well, is an exceptional judge of character, works extremely hard, and is very loyal.”
Up at the crack of dawn
Aysha’s day starts before many of us are out of bed with an ascent of the 1349 Hakarimata Stairs. Once she’s swapped running shoes for high heels, the mum of two is responsible for Asset Recruitment’s busy reception desk, profiling candidates, sourcing references, and liaising with clients.
“I walked into Asset Recruitment 13 years ago looking for a temp job and Carmel employed me on reception instead,” recalls Aysha. “I came from the media industry so the role was very different but I’ve been here ever since. Our team hasn’t changed all that much so I’ve been able to work with the same women for much of that time. That in itself is pretty remarkable.”
Aysha’s administrative role is deceptively diverse. With multiple touchpoints across the business, both internally and externally, it’s an integral position within the organisation – as it is for so many Waikato companies.
“Our clients often tell us they want an Aysha in their business,” says Carmel. “Our response is, if we have one on our database we’ll give it to them. Aysha has the characteristics and skills of an exceptional frontline administrator. She’s calm under pressure, measured in her approach, and very efficient no matter the task at hand.”
“Our business is to position excellence across Waikato and we began by hiring Aysha. She is remarkable.”