With nine years of industry experience and a sound understanding of recruitment methodology, Karen provides exceptional career advice to our candidates and recruitment services to our clients as our specialist Principal Consultant for the temporary and contract Accounting & Finance industry.
Throughout her career, Karen has held several Accounting & Finance positions across some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most recognisable businesses, from Auckland Council, Australian Red Cross and National Australia Bank. Now, she brings her expertise to Parker Bridge. Karen utilises her extensive background in Accounting & Finance to gain a deep understanding of an organisation’s recruitment needs and to foster beneficial candidate relationships.
Born and raised on a sheep and beef farm in Taihape, Karen is a keen lover of the great outdoors, staying active and keeping fit. She spends her time outside of work exploring the outdoors with her favourite spots being the Rangitikei River, Central Otago and visiting Northland’s beautiful beaches with friends and family. Karen also spent eight years’ in Australia where her work took her to every state, several regions and many cities including Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and even the isolated Kimberley region out West.
To find out how Karen could help you find your dream job or connect your business with Auckland’s talented professionals, get in touch with her today.
We had multiple opportunities in our finance team when we approached Karen. It was very good to work with her, she got things done very efficiently and made life easy for us. - Richard, Chief Financial Officer
Karen was AMAZING to work with. I had just graduated from University and needed assistance in finding a role that suited me and Karen went above and beyond. She gave me examples to use for my CV, sent me articles about the company so I could research them for my interviews, and gave me a glowing reference to the HR team at the company I got the job with. Karen beat my expectations by a mile. - Holly, Project Administrator
I was approached by Karen in regards to an opportunity with a well-known bank. I really enjoyed how down to earth and personable Karen is. For instance, I had to rush to Wellington for a family bereavement. Karen ensured everything in terms of paperwork was sorted with my new employer and offered to assist me when and where needed which was much appreciated. I would definitely recommend working with her. - Stephen, Manager Risk & Controls
I approached Karen when I was made redundant and required part-time work. Karen was professional, approachable and dedicated to helping me. She has been in contact on a regular basis, prior to being accepted for a position and afterwards to see how everything was going. - Denise, Payroll Administrator
I had never dealt with a Recruitment Consultant before where the focus was completely on me, and my professional and personal well-being, rather than on a successful result in filling the vacancy.
It was so refreshing and I was actually overwhelmed with gratitude several times by the sheer level of care and insight shown. From the very first call, it was all about me - what I was looking for, what I needed, how I would fit or not fit the role.
Before each interview, Karen called me, discussed the expectations of the meeting and provided the most amazing insights. Karen's debriefing skills after the interviews were also very skilled and insightful. Any quirky questions I had were discussed and if she didn't have the answer, I had one within 24 hours.
I have not hesitated to recommend Karen and Parker Bridge and when I talk about how I found my new role, Karen's name and Parker Bridge have featured strongly as an incredibly positive experience. Thank you, Karen! - Elise, Product Owner/BA
Karen was really professional but easy to open up to. She was encouraging because I’m a quiet person but Karen has real people skills and I felt comfortable throughout my first interview with her. Karen also called me before I went for my job interview and helped me prep for it. This was great as talking to her beforehand opened up my quietness and I was able to confidently answer questions from the interviewer. Karen was also consistent with checking how things are. If she didn’t get hold of me then other contractors would say Karen is asking how I am. Even my Manager would tell me to keep in touch with Karen because she was asking about me and genuinely looking out for me. – Liilii, Credit Controller
Karen is very professional and supportive. She keeps her word, if she says she’ll get back to me – she will! Most other agencies say they will get back to you but never do. She went the extra mile by preparing me for my job interview and helping to convince the client I was the right person for the job. – Kim, Payroll Administrator
Karen was really friendly, helpful and approachable and very understanding of my situation. – Harshani, Accounts Payable
Karen was easy-going, very supportive, and persistent and coached me through exiting my last role! – Ailine, Accounts Receivable
Karen was great, easy to talk to and efficient. She delivered exactly what she said she would. – Anonymous
It was perfect to work with Karen. She was friendly, professional and an expert in her field. I believe she caters to each individual’s needs to get the job done efficiently. I highly recommend. – Alan, Production Analyst
Karen actively looked and sought out temps for us when other companies just said they had nobody available. – Geoffrey, Partner/Business Owner
It was great working with Karen. She tried hard to meet our needs and gave feedback and recommendations – Rachelle, Finance Manager
We needed a Product Owner position filled on short notice and Karen was great to work with. She is lovely, very engaging and kept me updated every step of the way. Karen had wonderful insights on the candidates and their feedback. I also heard from these candidates that she had created great relationships with them as well.
Karen’s relationship management between myself and each candidate was exceptional. I felt very cared for and was confident that everything was being handled properly and promptly – Ryan, Business Analyst Manager