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Weploy appoints former Silicon Valley recruiter

Australian on-demand recruitment start-up Weploy has appointed former Silicon Valley recruiter Marissa Senzaki as head of Talent Acquisition and Weployee Experience.

Senzaki joins Weploy, based in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, from workplace messaging app, Slack.

At Silicon Valley Senzaki recruited for companies including Google, Facebook and Skype.

“Slack is a great place to work, but it's a different company from when I first joined. I started as employee number 46 and a little over 2.5 years later, when I left, it had grown to over 800 employees. Unfortunately, after successfully setting up the Melbourne office, there was no longer an immediate need for me to continue to be based in Australia,” Senzaki said.

“I had just returned from presenting at Myriad, a tech conference in Brisbane. I was on a high from spending time with so many passionate entrepreneurs, and I couldn't see myself going back to working in a large, corporate setting.

“I'm most alive when I'm solving problems in a start-up. I took a couple months break to return back home to San Francisco and establish my own consulting business. Meanwhile, I kept up conversation with Weploy and kept hearing about the awards they were winning and positive impressions they were making in the community.

“There were other companies that expressed interest in having me join full-time, but Weploy was really the only option that I could see myself becoming a part of. I've formed a special place in my heart for the Australian start-up ecosystem and I want to partner with others to help it grow and succeed.

“The future of work is one that will allow the employee to take more control over their career development and environment. It is less about certifications listed on a CV and more about your experiences and credibility through your network. We all have a digital footprint.

“We can look up reviews for employers online, as well as create our own online profiles with recommendations and portfolios of our work. More transparency allows us to be honest about what we can offer and what we want. With more people choosing the gig economy over a traditional job, people are finding more freedom to make their job work for them, and not the other way around.”

Nick La, co-founder of Weploy, said: “We needed a head of Talent Acquisition and Weployee Experience as we knew it was really important for us to not only acquire the best available talent but also nurture the community and continue growing the community alongside Weploy's growth.

“Marissa brings a world of wealth in technology and recruitment experience and expertise from some amazing brands including Slack. Our next major milestone, which we're already in the middle of rolling out, is expanding nationally and within 12 months, having an international presence.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).