About me….. Julie Brown, Jules, JB soon to be Julie Jani or JJ.

I’ve been working at Microsoft for the past 2 years as a Recruiter working on technical vacancies – basically what that means is  I recruit any role at Microsoft that has a technical focus i.e. Support, Technical Account Manager and Pre-sales  vacancies.

I spent most of my childhood growing up in a small (82 people) town in country NSW where my parents had the local pub.  It was a great time in my life and I made some fantastic friends – it’s my long term goal to return to the country some day.

After finishing school I joined the local newspaper where I worked in advertising sales and sports photography. It was a pretty easy job; most of my clients were friends or friends of my family.  The photography was great fun I spent most of my weekends (when I wasn’t at a B&S Ball) driving around in the work car getting free entry in to all of the local sporting events which I would have been at anyway.  

After a few years I decided to leave the comfort of my friends and family and move to the big city to see what opportunities I could find.   It wasn’t long before I started working for an IT Recruitment agency as an Account Manager – this was back in 98/99 and the for those of you who can remember the industry was booming with companies making a huge investment in technology and not to forget  Y2K – it was happy days.   Sadly the industry did take a turn and with it I made the decision to leave agency recruitment, the sales targets, the ridiculously long hours and the money.  I decided to focus on the parts of recruitment that I still enjoyed so went on the search for an internal role.  It was around this time that I met my fiancé Steve.

Steve – The most fantastic person in the world, the type of person that everyone likes - I’m not just saying that because I’m marrying him in 6 weeks he really is a great guy. 

Anyway enough about me for now over to Finuala and James.