Meet our Weployee of the Week, Sandy

'It’s 2019, but sometimes I still feel like maybe the reason I’m not getting a call is because they are not sure how to pronounce my name.'

Unfortunately, many highly educated and capable candidates like Sandy Bandhumani are looked over in the Aussie workplace today due to Unconscious bias. Read more about the challenges this Weployee has experienced prior to joining Weploy.

 

With a passion for equal rights and social justice, Sandy loves helping businesses see the benefits of integrating social and environmental considerations into their decisions.

 

What was your first job: Salesperson in a local bakery

 

What was your best job: Project consultant at Disability Sport and Recreation

 

Who was the biggest influence in your career: 

Servane Mouazan of Ogunte for impact women- an organization that helps women in social enterprises and their supporters, make a positive impact on people and planet.

 

What would your ideal job be? A Social Impact Consultant who helps businesses see the benefits of integrating social and environmental considerations into their decisions.

 

If you could have one super-human power what would it be? Teleportation

 

What’s your guilty pleasure? Spending all day in bed rereading Harry Potter! 

 

Do you have any other skills or talents others don’t really know about? Feeding the whole party with vegan dishes without anyone realizing they are vegan

 

Name a few of your daily habits? Making a to-do/top priorities list, listening to Blinklist, making smoothies

 

What publications do you regularly read? 

News (Including my local providers, BBC, CNN, Bangkokpost), Bloomberg, The economist, Inc, articles on LinkedIn, Health magazines, Broadsheet and Timeout.

 

Can you tell me a little bit about the challenges you’ve faced trying to find employment?

Unconscious bias. It’s 2019, but sometimes I still feel like maybe the reason I’m not getting a call is because they are not sure how to pronounce my name. Often when I spoke to a recruiter, the first question I got asked after telling them my name is whether I’m from here. 

 

How do you feel that the current structure of hiring has disadvantaged some people and not others? 

Yes, I think it has disadvantaged some people more than others. There is only so much you can say on your one or two page resume. You could be amazing at some other skills, just not so good on personal branding which could make you miss the opportunity to showcase those great skills in the next round.

 

Did Weploy change your situation significantly? If so can you tell me two ways it has helped further your career path?

Yes, it did. Working as a weployee gives me an opportunity to try out various roles in different industries and really get to know different company cultures. It helped me define what I like and don’t like to do in my career and what kind of organisations I like to work with.

 

Do you feel that opportunities through Weploy changed your perspective?

Indeed, it did change my perspective. Finding work or finding the right resource for the job doesn’t have to be so tedious anymore. 

 

What made you try Weploy?

The idea of jobs coming to you on your phone and the convenience of not having to go through long, traditional recruitment processes like interviews after interviews for each short-term role.

 

What was the process like for you? Fast, Fair and Fun!

 

What was the biggest surprise using Weploy? 

How many people that are interested in joining the Weploy community once they hear about what we do.

 

Has Weploy helped your work-life balance? 

Definitely, whilst working on my own start up project, the flexibility of being able to accept the type of job that suits my values and timetable is a game changer.

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