Welcome to my new interview series featuring some of the brightest and most hard-working women I know. My goal for this series is to collect stories from women in all levels of their career. The hope is that their journey and their advice will trigger something in you, and help you take the jump you need to achieve your personal level of success. Whether they are freelancers, founders of their own business, corporate employees, or students, this #LadiesWhoHustle series will showcase their unique talents and help you unveil yours.
Next up, a lady that has inspired me with her enthusiasm and passion for her career, and helps get me through daily hurdles, Angela Huang. Angela started her career at McDonald's, where she learned how to manage, take control in uncontrolled events, and how to get things done. She took her passion for people and culture onto her next position as a recruiter, where she really dug deep into her dreams.
And now, I'm lucky to say, Angela is the Office Manager at HEXONET, doing a little bit of everything and putting extra focus on the Human Resources tasks. She's the glue that holds our office together, and I'm thrilled to hear what she identifies as her career goals and inspirations.
Think back to when you were 10 years old. What did you wish to be when you grew up?
Lawyer. I loved the idea of arguing (and winning arguments) with people.
Let’s talk goals! Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Human Resources Director. I realized I love working with people and I love seeing people grow in their careers.
Tell us what your average day looks like.
I don't think I really have an "average day" because my duties change a lot depend on the needs of the company. I work in a small company so I wear multiple hats. For example, one day I might research and implement employee benefits plans, and the next, I might be on the phone with a conference organizer negotiating sponsorship packages.
Have you experienced any career struggles so far?
I used to work as a restaurant manager for many years, and I loved it, however, I wasn't where I wanted to be long term. After leaving the industry, it was difficult for me to find work elsewhere because many hiring managers didn't see the transferable skills I brought to the table. I was able to overcome this because I was willing to start at the bottom and prove myself. After taking a temp, entry-level recruiting job, I was quickly offered a raise and a permanent position.
You’ve done so much in your career so far! Is there one thing you would consider your biggest career win?
My biggest win is not a single event or achievement. My biggest win is that I've been able to win my bosses and colleagues over and have all these people know me as a capable and competent person.
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve received?
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Early on in my career, I had all male managers. They taught me to be tough and unwavering, both of which are great qualities to have as a manager. I eventually realized that tough and unwavering shouldn't be my default. This was at a time when I had a female manager who I truly respected. She showed me that you can get as much done (if not more) by taking a softer approach, and that the bonus was that people generally enjoyed working with you more.
Sometimes advice can be unsolicited. What’s the worst piece of career advice you’ve received?
You don't need a degree as long as you have experience. Down to my core, I actually do believe this is true, but I don't think it's good advice because we don't live in a bubble. Even if experience is better than education, what if the hiring manager of your dream job doesn't think so? What if you're one of two candidates for a job and the other candidate has both?
Has anyone really inspired you in your career?
Sheryl Sandberg because she not only works for one of the largest companies in the world, she inspires other women to stand up and take the lead.
I believe having a mentor (and being a mentor when the time is right) is such an important addition to a successful career. Do you have a mentor?
No, but I need one!
When do you feel the most confident?
I feel most confident when I'm giving a presentation I've prepared for over and over again. There was once, a long time ago, where I was ill prepared for a presentation, and I felt horrible after it. I swore I would never let myself be in that situation again, and so the net time I had to present in front of 10 times the amount of people, I made sure I was prepared. I received so much praise from my presentation that I now feel very at ease and confident when I have to give presentations because I know I can ace it.
Currently coveting: Medium, navy blue Gucci Dionysus handbag.
Favourite way to sweat: Hot yoga!
Book you just can’t put down: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Morning person or night owl? Night owl.
What gets your taste buds roaring? Sushi.
City you can’t stop dreaming about: My little and unknown hometown of Zeng Cheng, China.
Get in touch with Angela!
Instagram (personal): @oxangee
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