Founder and Director of Appoint Recruit, Jackie Rahilly is an experienced recruiter of top talent for private and public sector organisations. She is also a Queensland finalist for the Medium & Large Business Award at the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, which will be announced on Tuesday, 24 March.

After more than a decade’s experience in global and national recruitment agencies, primarily in the challenging and male-dominated sectors of engineering, construction, civil and mining, Rahilly forged ahead in her professional career to establish her own company, Appoint Recruit, with Co-Director Kim Coghill in 2016. “Respect is always earned, and 15 years of recruiting in engineering and technical industries has given me the credibility in what is traditionally classed as a male-dominated sector.” While Rahilly said she is often the only female on an industry panel, she is excited to see more women choosing a career path within the engineering and technical arena, and in senior leadership positions.

“You don’t have to be the ‘token skirt in a room’,” she said. “Women should be in leadership for the right reasons because your decisions are respected and viewed in high regard and for what you can bring to the table.” The female-founded company leads from the front, fostering a positive work culture and environment among a specialised team of recruiters. With a high staff retention rate, welcoming Fortitude Valley office and offering genuine workplace flexibility, Rahilly believes a collaborative process with both clients and employees is the key to their success. “I’m incredibly proud to be a finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, but I think it’s an even greater achievement for the team. We walk the walk – our culture is everything to us and we feel that we’ve created something really special at Appoint,” she said.

Readers also enjoyed our story on Lara Hickling