Rebekka Steg is an HCM Account Executive for the Nordics, specializing in HCM products such as the Taleo suite and Fusion HCM.
She helps customers identify their needs and their best options for talent management, HR analytics, mobility, social recruitment and HCM cloud solutions in general.
Rebekka’s degree in Information Management from Copenhagen Business School has enabled her to better understand the ways organizations manage their information.
1. Most job postings cite “X” years of relevant work experience and specific education criteria as requirements to be considered for the position. With this in mind, what prior work experiences and degrees/certifications/training helped prepare you for your current role?
I find that “X” years of job experience or certain degrees is frequently less important than the mindset and personality traits of a person. One of the most important personality traits in my current position is my curiosity and what we in Danish call ‘videbegærlighed’, or ‘thirst for knowledge’. For years I have read at least one book a week, and I am very passionate about always learning and growing, both in my professional and personal life. My degree in Information Management, from Copenhagen Business School, has been useful though, as it enabled me to better understand how organizations manage their information – and by extension, how can we use HCM solutions to better manage the information around our talent.
1B. What (if any) additional knowledge or skills that you don’t currently have would make you even better at your job?
Things move very fast these days and as previously mentioned, I believe continued education and training is paramount to be successful in any position and industry.
2. Some jobs require the incumbent to be very analytical. Others require one to be a strong communicator, and others still require traits like patience, the ability to multitask, self-directedness, comfort with ambiguity, and exceptional attention to detail. Are there any behaviors and/or attributes that you would say are essential to performing the work that you do? Self-directedness is definitely very important to what I do. I need to be able to see the picture, and from there decide where to focus my time and energy. Being an educator is another important aspect – making people aware of the options that are out there, for example around Social Recruiting. I find that in my job it is less important for me to have all the answers, than it is to know where to find them. However, the ability and desire to actually listen to people and try to understand where they are coming from, and what issues they are facing, is everything. At the end of the day, my job boils down to understanding the challenges people are facing – and helping them find a solution.
3. Jobs guru Lou Adler says there are only 4 job types of jobs in the world (producers, improvers, builders, and thinkers. Which type of job are you in?
A big part of my job still involves being a producer, but with generous sprinklings of the improver, builder and thinker.
4. Does your job involve either directly or indirectly supervising or managing people? If so, how many direct (or indirect) reports do you have?
I do not directly supervise any people, but I am mentoring 3-5 people at any given time.
5. How does what you do impact the business? Think complexity (different types of impacts) and scale (degree of impact). Put another way: Who and what would be impacted if your job wasn’t being done well, and why would it matter that they were impacted?
Looking outside my current role; if my job wasn’t being done well a lot of organizations would be less likely to think about e.g. Social Recruiting or Cloud solutions in general. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is entering into dialogue with organizations around these topics, understanding where they are at now and where they want to go. Furthermore, for prospective clients, their journey with us would be a lot more confusing, since a big part of my job is making everything run smoothly behind the scenes.
6. Is your job safe? Rate its safety on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being “seated all day in an air conditioned vault” and 10 being “I’m an astronaut going into space”. If your job isn’t safe, what working conditions (specifically) make it hazardous?
Of course no job is entirely safe these days, but I have an amazing team behind me, which help make even difficult challenges fun.
7. Is there anything I missed that people should know about your job? Is there anything else you want to say about what you do?
A misconception I used to have, before entering this industry, was that sales people were in it for the money and didn’t care about their clients – like the stereotype of the sleazy used car salesman. Nothing could be further from the truth. My job is to help people solve their problems. If they don’t have problems, or if they feel that we aren’t the right company to help them, the last thing I want is to cajole them into wasting both their time and ours.