Eyecare Recruitment is expanding with the appointment of a new recruiter to the team.
The appointment of Anushka Zargaryan brings the team to five and between them they have over 150 years’ experience working in the optometry profession.
Leeza Williams, Recruitment Consultant and Business Development Manager, said the addition of Ms Zargaryan would bring a new depth of experience to the team that will add value to client engagements.
Ms Zargaryan commenced her journey as a retail manager with the independent practice Eye Clarity in Melbourne, before joining Specsavers as an optical dispenser, eventually becoming a joint venture partner. A passionate cook, and Masterchef 2019 finalist, along the way she also established a cake shop.
In my experience, busy practice managers never have enough time… As a consequence, good candidates can fall between the cracks
Ms Williams says this variety of experience makes Ms Zargaryan well-equipped to move into recruitment, where she will be called on to assist practices with the selection of optical dispensers and optometrists.
Ms Zargaryan said she is looking forward to the new experiences the role in recruitment will bring.
“I have always enjoyed interviewing people, getting to know different personalities and training team members, and this will provide me with the opportunity to do this in a profession I am very familiar with.
“In my experience, busy practice managers never have enough time to screen applications for jobs in optometry and dispensing. As a consequence, good candidates can fall between the cracks, and positions can be offered to a person who doesn’t ideally suit the team culture,” said Ms Zargaryan.
“In terms of optical dispensing there is an imbalance between supply and demand that makes it challenging for practice managers to attract the right people. I look forward to scouring the retail industry in search of people with a professional approach who can be trained up to work with optometric equipment and become valuable optical dispensers.”
And, what about cooking? Ms Zargaryan’s success as a finalist with Masterchef 2019 led to several opportunities as a cooking teacher, including a role teaching cooking as therapy for people with mental health issues.
“I love cooking – it’s my passion, but for me it’s not a career. I’ll keep cooking for my hobby so that I can really enjoy it.”