“I want Big Wave Digital to be synonymous with quality…we’re a company that’s embracing change and disruption, but one who’s caring about people and the environment – not solely driven by making money” – Keiran Hathorn, Director

Meet Keiran Hathorn

Director

  

With a reputation as one of the industry’s finest advisors, Keiran Hathorn counsels executives on their careers; and has been integral to the success of some of Australia’s most exciting businesses.

More about Keiran
Keiran has placed thousands of candidates in his 19 years as a digital, data and tech recruiter. He gives confidential counsel to senior digital executives, and enjoys helping people at pivotal points in their careers. Keiran is a creative business thinker, and gives much of his time to helping clients build businesses across Australia, and now in SF. He is also deeply human. Our work, after all, is where we spend most of our time and greatly impacts our lives. Keiran gives confidential advice with compassion, and is a highly sought after advisor across the industry.

An award-winning Executive Search, Technical and Digital Media Recruitment professional with over 18 years specific experience in the Digital Media sector across Australia/NZ/Asia.

  • Focused on Executive Search within Digital Media, roles such as CEO,MD, CIO, CTO, VP Sales, VP Marketing.
  • One of Australia’s best connected Digital/Technical recruiters with access to the finest talent across the digital landscape.
  • Strong AWS Cloud infrastructure recruitment experience.
  • Technical: Specific focus on iOS Apple Mobile iphone/ipad developer recruitment, extensive network.
  • Development: E commerce, iOS, Android, php, Dev Ops.

QUICK FIVE WITH KEIRAN


A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book (Poem) Dylan Thomas’ powerful poem: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage,rage against the dying of the light.

Song Pachelbel – Canon in D – I heard as a child and it still resonates

Movie Interstellar


Most like to work with for a day
Richard Branson, to spend a day on Necker Island, working on Big Wave Digital strategy as directed by Sir Richard!

Best interview tip
Always arrive early. Do your research on the company. Establish good eye contact and begin with an enthusiastic hand shake!

Favourite distraction
I love swimming. I swim 4 to 5 times a week and enjoy competing in Ocean Swims on weekends. My dream is to compete in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Hawaii later this year.


Best time of year
For work January – I come back to work full of inspiration, creativity and energy READY to change the world.

For Holidays – I love Autumn, escaping up to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains with my family.

One of Australia’s best connected Digital/Technical recruiters with access to the finest talent across the digital landscape. Keiran has over 30,000 1st LinkedIn connections and is a well regarded, powerful networker.

Meet Dayna Stewart

Head of Digital & Data Recruitment

  

With over 17 years at the bleeding edge of digital and data recruitment, Dayna is on every astute manager’s speed dial.

Dayna is highly regarded as an ethical consultant who builds strong partnerships to deliver outstanding, timely services to clients and candidates.

She has extensive experience in both industrial and commercial sectors, and works with professional clientele to provide the most up-to-date recruitment information available in today’s competitive digital market.

Dayna’s key areas of specialisation are Digital Media, Digital Marketing, Search, Data & Analytics, Digital Advertising, and Sales.

QUICK FIVE WITH DAYNA


A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book: The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

Song: Heartbeats, by Jose Gonzalez

Movie: Avatar 


Best interview tip
Research! Know your stuff, know your interviewer and understand the business and the position in detail. When you have confidence in your understanding, you’ll excel.

Favourite distraction
Social media! Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram.

Best time of year
Summer! I was born in Summer so love celebrating this and Christmas with family. I love the sunshine, beach, outdoors and the heat.

Why I love being a recruiter / favourite recruitment story
I love being a recruiter as I genuinely believe in helping others and watching careers move forward and develop.

What I love most is seeing a candidate I’ve placed in an entry level or mid level role and following their careers.

One candidate that springs to mind; I placed as a Digital Account Manager, fast forward 5 years and she is now leading a Digital function for a massive media powerhouse, winning industry awards for her work and leading and mentoring a team of her own.

MEET KEIRIN O’HARA

Digital and Technical Sales Specialist

   

A digital and technical sales recruitment expert, with over 8 years experience. 

Key Areas of focus at Big Wave.

I have over 8 years recruitment experience across IT, R2R and Sales recruitment, as well as 3 years experience as a BDM in B2B sales.

Pride myself on building long lasting relationships with candidates and clients, treating them as friends with loyalty and respect. Go the extra mile, love to have a laugh and genuinely enjoy recruitment.

Core areas: Digital, Technical Sales, UX

Quick Five with XXX


A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book: The Bronze Horseman

Song: Here comes the sun – The Beatles

Film: Love Actually


Why I love recruitment
I genuinely love dealing with people, as clients and candidates. The satisfaction from finding someone their perfect job means everything to me, and I am lucky enough to be able to build a career around it. 

Best interview tip
Do your research, know who you are meeting, check out their LI profile so you can build some rapport either professionally or personally. Also research the company so you have a few key pointers that will help you stand out! Most importantly, be yourself and relax. 

Favourite distraction
reading a good book with a BIG glass of red wine

Best time of year
Spring – love the warmer days, longer nights, smell of jasmine in the air and the Melbourne Cup, best day of the year!! 

Meet Franzi Kenter

Resourcer – BSc. Business Psychology

  

A super sleuth of finding the very best Digital & Technical Talent in Australia.

Franzi has a great passion for her work and only delivers quality candidates.

Key Attributes :

*Smart,

*Intuitive and

* Never Gives Up !

Coming from a HR background, Franzi was keen to learn and experience the recruitment side and quickly understood the business. After supporting the online marketing, she is now focusing on resourcing high quality candidates for exciting digital, data and tech roles.

Franzi is an expert at navigating Linkedin Recruiter and has recently been promoted to resourcer at Big Wave Digital due to her hard work , amazing tenacity and constant reliance on only finding the VERY best talent.

If you want to find those ‘hard to fill’ roles then Franzi is your solution.

A strong addition to the Big Wave team.

Quick Five with FRANZI


A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book: Born to run

Song: Big in Japan

Movie: The Notebook


I like

Running and horse riding, meeting friends and spending time outside


Best interview tip

Arrive in time and well prepared for the interview. Be able to explain your career moves, hold eye contact and be yourself


Favourite distraction
Chocolate

Best time of year

I love summer!

Marijke Arkesteijn Profile Picture

Meet Marijke Arkesteijn

Research Assistant

  

Marijke is our newest Big Waver . All the way from beautiful Amsterdam.

As research assistant at Big Wave Digital Marjike’s role is to take care of our Digital Marketing. Included but not limited to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, edm’s and our own website.

Currently studying  HRM at the University of The Hague (Bachelor of Arts).

If you need to know anything about Digital Marketing from Web Analytics to how to optimise SEO Marijke is our super star of knowledge.

Exciting to have fresh digital strategies being implemented that are ‘Agile & Innovative’.

Quick FOUR with Marijke


A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book: De verbouwing

Song: Somewhere only we know – Keane

Movie: The Holiday


Best interview tip
Make sure you already did some research about the company to show your interest about it and it gives a professional impression. But most of all, enjoy the interview, relax and see what happens.

Favourite distraction
Listening to music, having company of friends fancy a cold drink in the summer and cuddling with my cat.

Best time of year
Summer! I am always getting so happy of the beautiful weather. I love to go on vacation and sightseeing some beautiful places.

MEET JUDY HATHORN

Digital Marketing 

  

Judy has been with Big Wave Digital since our inception in 2010.

Judy handles digital marketing , content editing and reference checks.

Judy is a large part of Big Wave Digital’s success and has worked behind the scenes handling the quality of everything that we do.

Judy’s key attributes are :

  • Superb attention to detail
  • Willingness to never give up
  • Reference Check superstar
  • Ability to assist on Digital Marketing campaigns
  • Identify and target new clients and roles to work on.

 

Judy comes with 30 years experience in Teaching in Vancouver , Canada.

Quick Five with Judy


A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book : Milly Molly Mandy. My long suffering father used to hide it because I wanted it read to me every night

Song : Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Movie : The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Most like to work with for a day

I would love to work with my brother , John Hathorn, learning more about antiques


Best interview tip
Be well prepared, be honest and friendly. Be yourself!

Favourite distraction
Being on or near the water.

Best time of year

Spring is my favourite time of the year when everything is bursting into new life -blossoms, flowers trees and baby animals.

MEET WILMA CATSAROS

Company Accountant / Bookkeeper

  

Big Wave Digital’s accountant and bookkeeper since 2011.

Wilma brings a world of recruitment accounting and bookkeeping experience .

Key Attributes:-

20 years experience in Recruitment related businesses

8 with Big Wave Digital

Skilled at BAS returns, end of year and payroll.

MYOB online expert.

 

Wilma came highly recommended back in 2011 and has actually never left as she has done such a brilliant job

Quick Five with XXX


A Book, A Song, A Movie
Mamamia

Most like to work with for a day
Elton John

Best interview tip
Enjoy the journey

Favourite distraction
Coffee and my girls

Best time of year
Tax Time as I love what I do

Meet Honey

Director of Happiness

  

As fluffiest team member, Honey supports us with her cuteness and bubbly personality.

Honey is always up for a cuddle or walk, which helps us to get a break from work, before we focus again on finding top talents.

Quick Five with Honey


Favourite food
Treats and snacks from my Big Wave friends

Best interview tip
Be friendly , never bark too much and always be on time

Favourite distraction
Food

I like
Going for walks and to play fetch

Are you our next BIG WAVER ?

You Belong Here …

Hi there, potential Big Waver

My name is Keiran Hathorn and I run Big Wave Digital. As you probably ascertained, we’re a Digital, Data & Tech recruitment team based in leafy Paddington, Sydney. We also have staff in Byron Bay, Wollongong and Vancouver. And we’re growing into Melbourne, Canberra and the U.S.

I’ve been in recruitment for almost 20 years. I still love the buzz that winning in recruitment gives you. Certain ‘successful’ character traits stand out to me in people whom I know will win in the wonderful world of recruitment.

Winning character traits that spring to mind are:

  • grit
  • inner drive
  • competitive spirit
  • wanting to help others
  • respecting others
  • professionalism
  • follow-through
  • a sense of urgency.

And most importantly, a sense of humour.

Quick Five with YOU


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This is quite the combo, but I know what works and best performers of this balancing act possess all of these qualities.

I feel that you can have your cake and eat it too.

We love what we do

And we’d like you to get to know our stellar candidates

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