Hayley - Trade Account Manager - Mitre 10 MEGA Whangarei
Determination and a great work ethic have been key attributes for our Trade account manager Hayley throughout her decade long career who, at one point prior to joining Mitre 10, held down three jobs at once, including working on a dairy farm!
Being in a male-dominated industry doesn’t faze Hayley. “If there’s a wall put up in front of me, I’ll find a way around it! I want to show that just because I’m female, it can still mean I’m just one of the guys. I can lift the timber and the bags of cement, speak the lingo, and understand the jobs.
“In the beginning, some clients would underestimate my knowledge, and say sceptically: ‘I don’t know if you’ll know the answer to this ...’ They’re pleasantly surprised when, of course, I do.”
Her advice for other women wanting to get into the industry is, “Don’t be scared. Trade is fast-paced, but if you walk the yard, ask lots of questions, learn products, take the time to learn the lingo – and most importantly, get to know people on a first name basis – it’s a great and very rewarding career.”
“If there’s a wall put up in front of me, I’ll find a way around it!” says Hayley