Logix Talent of the Month – Mary Grace Lawas

Meet the Team: Logix Talent of the Month – Mary Grace Lawas – The Determined and Career-Oriented Sourcing Specialist

This is the sixth piece in this interview series that began in June 2023. It highlights selected members of the Logix BPO family. This article series endeavours to shed light on why Logix BPO continues to be the home of numerous talents who showcase quality work and enjoy above-average pay, plus work-life balance.

The next person on our list of “Meet the Team” talents is our Employee of the Month for November and she is Mary Grace.

She’s a 25-year-old residing in Danao City, Cebu. She completed her undergraduate degree in BS Psychology at the University of San Carlos, where she gained a comprehensive understanding of human behaviour and mental processes. 

Professionally, she found herself deep in the field of recruitment these past five years. Such extensive experience has allowed her to hone her skills in identifying and engaging with potential candidates. This has led to her contributing to the growth and success of the organizations she has been a part of. 

Dedicated to her career, Mary Grace values personal growth and development. Seems she has her life all mapped out, doesn’t she? Let’s try to learn more about this strong and determined individual, shall we?

Q: Hi Mary Grace. You seem like a rather determined individual and have set a path for yourself in terms of your career. What position do you hold in Logix BPO and What motivated you to pursue such a career?

Mary Grace: I was drawn to recruitment by the dynamic nature of the role, the chance to constantly learn about different industries and the satisfaction of matching talented individuals with the right career opportunities. I currently hold the position of a Researcher/Sourcing Specialist at Index, a staffing company based in the UK. My responsibilities involve conducting thorough research to find potential candidates and employing sourcing strategies.

Q: It says here you’ve been doing this type of work for five years. How did you start your journey in this line of work? Was there a specific event or experience that sparked your interest?

Mary Grace: My journey in recruitment began during my undergraduate studies in psychology. As part of an internship, I had the chance to assist in the hiring process for a local organization. The experience of connecting individuals with job opportunities and observing the impact it had on their lives sparked my interest in recruitment. This initial exposure ignited my passion for the field, prompting me to pursue a career where I could continue facilitating meaningful connections between candidates and employers.

Q: So from the moment you started helping people connect with jobs that are ideal for them in college and to this date, you’ve never looked at other careers? That’s highly commendable! I was wondering, what are the key strengths and skills that you bring to your role and how do these strengths help you do such a good job?

Mary Grace: I believe my strong research capabilities allow me to efficiently identify and source top-tier candidates in the competitive job market. I excel in utilizing various sourcing strategies and staying updated on industry trends to ensure effective talent acquisition. I am also adaptable and have excellent problem-solving abilities, which contribute to my success in navigating the dynamic landscape of recruitment. These ensure that I can overcome challenges and meet the evolving needs of the organization.

Q: So with such skills that have been honed for years now, do you still feel the need to learn and grow?

Mary Grace: Of course! If you stop learning, you stop growing! I am committed to continuous professional development and am currently focusing on honing my skills in data analytics and leveraging technology in the recruitment process. Recognizing the growing importance of data-driven decision-making in talent acquisition, I am actively seeking opportunities to enhance my proficiency in analyzing recruitment metrics and trends.

Q: Does that mean constant learning is part of both your long-term and short-term goals in life? And while we’re on the subject, what are your long-term and short-term goals?

Mary Grace: Like I said earlier, learning new things helps us to continue to grow. So, yes, learning will always be a constant in my life. As for my goals, my short-term goal is to successfully close more requisitions. This involves consistently identifying and securing top-tier candidates to meet my client’s needs. In the long term, my aspiration is to transition from being an employee to becoming my own boss by establishing my own business.

Q: How do you align your personal goals with your role within the company?

Mary Grace: By viewing my work through this lens, I aim to develop the skills and experience necessary for entrepreneurial endeavours in the future. This alignment helps me stay focused on the bigger picture of my professional journey while actively contributing to the company’s objectives.

This is why constant learning is important. Consistently updating my knowledge of market trends and evolving strategies, ensures that I am well-equipped to navigate the landscape when the time comes to establish my own business.

Q: So, while you’re working for the company, you’re also trying to learn all you can for your future entrepreneurial aspirations? Wow! That’s pretty impressive planning for someone so young! Does such a drive to succeed leave you with any room for other things in your life? Anyone special feeling neglected because of this? Haha.

Mary Grace: Haha, fortunately (or unfortunately, whichever way you want to look at it) I am currently single, but I embrace the balance between my personal and professional life, always striving for meaningful connections and continuous self-improvement. I reside with my parents and I have two wonderful canine companions – a husky and a shih tzu. Both of my fur babies bring joy and companionship to my daily life. While I don’t have a spouse or children, my family, (my parents and furry friends) plays a crucial role in my support system.

Q: How does your family or support system contribute to your success in your career? Do you have any specific experiences or instances where your family’s support has been influential?

Mary Grace: Their presence creates a stable and positive environment, allowing me to focus on my professional commitments with a sense of security and motivation. During challenging periods or when facing critical career decisions, the guidance and reassurance of my family have been invaluable. Their belief in my capabilities and their encouragement to pursue my goals have instilled confidence and resilience in navigating the ups and downs of my career. My fur babies also help push me to succeed since they look to me for everything they need. What would happen to them if I failed at my job and didn’t have the finances to get them their treats, right? Haha.

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Q: I get you there. I too have my own fur babies and real babies (who are adults now, haha) to take care of, and they push me to succeed too. Now, how do you manage to balance your professional commitments with your family life?

Mary Grace: I ensure to allocate dedicated quality time for my family, whether it’s engaging in activities together or simply enjoying shared meals. This deliberate effort to maintain a healthy work-life balance contributes to both my personal well-being and professional effectiveness. The support and understanding of my family create a harmonious environment, enabling me to excel in my career while cherishing the moments with my loved ones.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for my well-being, and I employ several strategies to achieve this. Firstly, I prioritize setting clear boundaries between work and personal time, ensuring that I disconnect from work-related tasks during my designated non-working hours. Additionally, time management is crucial, and I organize my workload efficiently to avoid unnecessary stress. Regular breaks and moments of relaxation, such as short walks or brief mindfulness exercises, help rejuvenate my energy levels.

Q: Can you share some of your hobbies or interests outside of work? How do these hobbies or interests contribute to your personal and professional development?

Mary Grace: I enjoy travelling. Travelling exposes me to diverse cultures and experiences, fostering adaptability and open-mindedness, qualities valuable in the dynamic field of my job. This contributes significantly to my personal and professional development by promoting a well-rounded perspective. It provides a mental break from work-related stress, allowing me to return to tasks with increased focus.

Q: Let’s talk about Logix BPO and why you ended up working here. Why did you choose to work for LogixBPO and what attracted you to this organization?

Mary Grace: Truth be told, it was primarily because of the WFH set-up. Haha. I don’t want to travel again every day just to go to work. I’m happy that I found Logix since I get to stay wherever I want with my 2 dogs. Did you know I found LogixBPO through LinkedIn? What compelled me to apply was the company’s progressive approach and its dedication to staying ahead in a competitive market.

Q: Interesting! Although I too would choose to work from home than suffer the daily commute to get to work, so I understand where you’re coming from. How would you describe the work environment in LogixBPO?

Mary Grace: The work environment at LogixBPO is like a second home for me, even though we rarely see each other in person. It’s not just about tasks and deadlines; it’s about the people, the relationships we build, and the collective journey we’re on. There’s a genuine sense of camaraderie that makes every day enjoyable, even when we only connect via chat and Zoom calls, haha.

It comes with an environment where everyone feels that they belong. I believe it starts with being there for each other. Whether it’s offering a listening ear during stressful times or celebrating personal and professional milestones, we’ve created a space where everyone feels supported.

And when there are tasks that require team collaboration from members who all work remotely, you can rest assured that everyone will pitch in to get things done. An example of a successful team collaboration experience involves a challenging client project where tight deadlines and specific skill requirements were critical. Through effective communication and leveraging each team member’s strengths, we were able to streamline our processes and share insights.

Q: Amazing! So you’ve definitely found your spot in the Logix BPO cogs, so to speak. I think we’re out of time for this interview. But, before we go, let me ask you this final question. What excites you the most about your role and the future of LogixBPO?

What truly gets me excited about my role at LogixBPO is the daily interaction with people – candidates, colleagues, and clients. It’s the human element, the stories, and the shared journeys that make every day unique. Being part of a team that’s not just adapting to change but driving innovation is incredibly fulfilling. The prospect of making a genuine impact on people’s lives and contributing to LogixBPO’s future success keeps me energized and enthusiastic about what lies ahead.