Become Adecco’s CEO for One Month With These Tips From Last Year’s Lucky CEO

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It can be daunting and stressful when it comes to planning your future and fighting your way to the top. This is why Adecco’s CEO for One Month opportunity is so important and impressive. The world’s leading HR solutions provider are opening their doors both locally and globally to let someone become an Adecco CEO for a month.

Being a CEO for one month might sound like an opportunity that is too good to be true, so with this in mind we caught up with last year’s New Zealand CEO for One Month Anna Zam to find out what it is really  like and also get a few tips and tricks out of her for those of you smart enough to apply.

 

I would suggest asking yourself what reasons you have for applying and what motivates you to succeed in this role if you were successful. Is there a story behind your reason or interest in applying? Knowing yourself is so important when you go in for your interview.

 

What was a regular day for you as CEO?

I never felt like there was a ‘regular day’ for me. Since I was here for a month, there was something different and exciting scheduled every day. This was a huge break from university, where you can often be stuck in a pattern of lectures-study-assignments-exams.

Although I suspected Mike might have had ‘routine days’, when I asked him this question, he replied that he equally felt as though almost no two days are alike. A CEO’s job can be quite unpredictable depending on whether business-as-usual occurs (for a period) or there is an issue that needs to be dealt with immediately. I would say generally though, each day there are guaranteed meetings with the managerial team, clients or partners. I must say this was perhaps my favourite part of the day since I liked the team-work aspects of the job.

 

How did you balance university and being a CEO?

With difficulty… In all seriousness, it was one of the busiest months of my (short) life but I had a lot of support from those around me whether at Adecco, or elsewhere. I’m grateful for good friends whom supported what I was doing, and gave me notes or filled me in the details I missed, my family for ignoring feelings of being ignored, and lecturers who understood how learning outside the classroom was (nearly) as important as what they were teaching. However, my priority was to learn as much as I could about what entails being a CEO and I would have to say I didn’t quite balance both, but ultimately everything worked out fine.

 

What advice would you give to people for their – CV – The shortlisted stage

The standard advice I’d give, when writing a CV, would be to tailor it to the CEO position at Adecco (i.e. have you ever showed interest in business or leadership before?) and ensure that there aren’t any grammar or spelling mistakes.

At the group interview, I felt it was important to get to know the other candidates because I quickly made some new (and awesome!) friends that I keep up with still. They were also a great support group while doing the activities I did over the CEO for 1 Month period.

 

 

The standard advice I’d give, when writing a CV, would be to tailor it to the CEO position at Adecco (i.e. have you ever showed interest in business or leadership before?) and ensure that there aren’t any grammar or spelling mistakes.

 

 

What was the #1 thing you learnt that you will take with you into future jobs?

Don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks. Mike was a truly brilliant example of being a visionary ‘leader’ because of the innovation I saw initiated at Adecco. While leadership styles vary, fostering a company culture where everyone feels they want to belong can mean being different or experimental which isn’t such a bad thing. I will be keeping this in mind as I head into future jobs.

 

This year it is all about the #ceoattitude, how would you define the right attitude?

The right #CEOattitude is all about having the courage to reach out to others and allow the teams around you to constantly develop – new ideas, professional or personal goals. I think a CEO’s attitude resonates throughout a business, and does really create a culture where people aren’t afraid to be themselves or be ‘wrong’ but receptive to learning. It’s a cliche, but a positive attitude and a diligent work ethic goes a long way.

 

Why should people do this?

People should absolutely do this!

Since I was immersed in Adecco’s day to day, I learnt a lot about senior executive management, corporate structures, and the HR industry globally in general. I also got to understand how the local branches related to the Head Office. Making the connection of how it all fits into the grand scheme of things, I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to get a ‘birds-eye view’ of a global business, which I believe isn’t an angle that everyone gets to experience so young.

There are a million and one reasons to apply, at the very least, but I’m afraid I’ll be spoiling the surprises. Plus, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

 

Lastly, what other advice do you have for people applying? Maybe any questions or concerns you had when applying?

Be true to yourself when you’re applying –Adecco is in the business of hiring and interviewing people means that those hiring you really know their stuff! Knowing this then, I would suggest asking yourself what reasons you have for applying and what motivates you to succeed in this role if you were successful. Is there a story behind your reason or interest in applying? Knowing yourself is so important when you go in for your interview.

My main concerns were juggling university and being a CEO, and being a CEO in general.

On the first issue, I’m glad I voiced my worry, since everyone involved supported me so much in my one month journey at Adecco. I am grateful for each and every encounter I had at Adecco, and ultimately, all good things have to come to an end and this was one of them. I only wish the CEO for 1 Month was for longer.

 

What are you waiting for? Apply! Applications close on the 21st March.



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