To kick-start her job search, Hartlett got involved with the International Dual Career Network (IDCN). Maersk is a founding member of its Copenhagen branch, which aims to facilitate the job search of mobile employees’ partners, as well as provide companies with access to a highly qualified international talent pool.
The network is run on a volunteer basis by partners, who arrange events on topics such as the local job market and interview techniques, as well as networking opportunities with recruiters from member companies.
Tough in the beginning
Through the network, Hartlett contacted Maersk and offered to volunteer in its HR department as an intern.
“Up is not the only way forward in a career,” says Hartlett. “I was open to taking a sideways step through an internship. I accepted it would be tough in the beginning but I think doing so showed I was determined, pro-active and willing to get involved.”
Her determination paid off. Hartlett used her time at Maersk to deliver results on her projects, get a feel for the working culture and build relationships with relevant stakeholders. By the time her four-week placement was up, she had landed a job as Global HR partner at Maersk Container Industry (MCI).
Ricardo Sookdeo, Head of Group Talent Management says: “At Maersk we make an effort to support employees in making a smooth transition when relocating to a new country. That also means thinking of the reality their partners are met with when looking for a job. They are often very qualified people who really want to work, so we need to do everything we can to support them in finding job opportunities.”