Inside Jobbio: Haya Siddiqui, Account Manager

Meet the Jobbio TeamSpotlight on the people powering Jobbio 

Welcome to “Inside Jobbio”, a series where we introduce the people behind the brand and reveal a little about what professionally motivates and inspires them.

In our previous installments, we met Owen Reynolds, Head of Marketing, Aoibhinn McBride, Content Editor and Business Intelligence Manager, Lalit Pathak

This time, Jobbio’s Account Manager, Haya Siddiqui, shares how her ability to try new things helped to land her first role in tech, how entry-level talent can stand out and why you should never mess with the office AC. 

Name: Haya Siddiqui

Job title: Account Manager

Team: Acquisition Team 

Educational background: Bachelor of business administration from Amity University, New Delhi, followed by a Master’s in marketing from Trinity College Dublin.

What was your career path to getting this job?

I started out at an Irish digital marketing firm called Leading Social as a Sales and Marketing Executive. From there, I spent three and a half years at Yahoo as an agency partner for its UK sales team, before moving to Jobbio eight months ago. 

How did you land your first role in tech? 

I wore several hats during my tenure at Leading Social, where I not only cold called and onboarded clients, but also managed their digital marketing. When Yahoo was building its SMB team within Partner markets, it needed someone fresh and willing to learn. I like to think that I found the perfect role and company at the right time in my career.

What skills or characteristics do you value in your colleagues?

Approachability and a willingness to work together amicably. I perform better when I have the right people around me. 

What does your role entail?

I liaise with prospective and existing clients and help them get acquainted with our partner job boards. This involves selling customized job packages and managing these partnerships once they are brought onboard, depending on their requirements.

What work-related phrase are you known for?

“Is it time for lunch yet?!”

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I like how my job pushes me to learn about the current job trends in the industry. Jobbio is at the forefront of attracting passive talent, something that hasn’t been done before, which makes the journey all the more invigorating. 

Best piece of advice for someone looking to get a similar role?

Sharpen your customer management and selling skills. Every tech product you sell requires switching personas and strategies. Develop curiosity for a product that interests you and learn how to pitch it. 

What’s the one thing you always do at work to help you succeed?

I am always trying to think of new ways to push the envelope; working in sales is exciting to me because the possibilities are endless. Reading about recent job trends in the market helps me to stay updated on the industries and companies that are ramping up hiring. 

What’s the one thing you think you should never do at work?

Lower the AC! The one thing we can’t agree on at Jobbio is the temperature. Having a case of cold hands and feet doesn’t help, hence for me the one thing you must never do at work is reduce the aircon. 

What excites you about working in the tech space now?

The pace at which things are rapidly changing. I have always wanted to be in a company that is innovative and forward-thinking. Being in this industry means being a part of something futuristic. If you’re a lifelong learner with genuine ideas and curiosity, the tech space will never get dull.

How would you advise leveraging existing skills to land a job in the tech industry?

Soft skills go a long way in this case. Most technical skills can be learnt on the job but soft skills are invaluable. Being adaptable with an openness to learn can make all the difference in landing a job in the constantly-evolving tech space. 

For more career advice, check out our Cheat Sheet series where we’re delving into essential job hunting topics including what to put on an entry level CV and the things you should never say in a job interview.

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