Meet Theresa Turek Hyseus, new Project Manager – Establishment at Lifvs and Agent at Agentum

At the core of Agentum you’ll find our agents – the 1500 people who hold our entire business model up and running. They are the people who give us insight into their networks and share their knowledge of great people, so that we can reach out with open positions to the right ones. 

Therefore we want to introduce Theresa, new Project Manager – Establishment at Lifvs and Agent at Agentum. She just found her new job through the Agentum network at Lifvs. Here’s what Theresa has to say about herself and her new job.

First of all, congratulations on the new job! How has it been so far?

Thank you very much! So far it has been great 🙂

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background

I have a master’s degree in business and economics from Uppsala University but found my way to the real estate agent industry by chance. For the past 14 years I have been working as a real estate agent and business developer for two firms in the Stockholm area. With this new job I have completely changed industry, but once again it was the entrepreneurial spirit and the exciting business opportunity with a growth company that attracted me to Lifvs. Also, it feels amazing to be able to provide Lifvs great service concept to people living in smaller communities and to those living in the countryside.

For those who have not heard about Lifvs before, what business are you in and what does you job at Lifvs entail?

Lifvs own and operate self-service grocery stores primarily in smaller communities where the nearest store might be quite far away or closes too early. Customers can gain access, scan items and pay through our app thereby allowing the store to be open 24/7. I will work as Project Manager – Establishment, where I will manage the process of expansion throughout the country. We have the ambition to open several hundred stores the next few years, which is very exciting and I’m sure we´ll reach that target.

How was the experience of being recruited through Agentum?

It was very convenient, quick and professional.

What are you looking forward to the most during 2020?

To take Lifvs to the next level!

Here’s what our CEO has to say about the past and the future of Agentum

Our CEO, Madeleine, takes some time to reflect on the past year with Agentum, what we have acomplished and learnt. She also share some of Agentum’s plans and goals for 2020.

Madeleine, how has the new year started out for Agentum?

We’ve had an amazing start to the new year with a lot of activity in the network. As an example, we’ve had a record amount of new and exciting jobs for our network as well as a record in number of recommendations! Also, our great new office which will allow us to host more events and increase the collaboration with our sister companies at Talent Venture Group.

Looking back, what are some key learnings from Agentum from 2019?

The year started out with a lot of tech-focus as we launched our new platform in the end of January which has allowed us to scale the business and work more efficiently. During the year we have worked hard on building stronger relationships with our Agents as well as our clients. One of the most important things we will bring with us into the future is the importance of maintaining and strengthen our existing relationships in all areas as this industry is about trust and people. Another learning from 2019 is the importance of formulating the right job description to get the right candidates which the client need. The more we can help our clients with formulating the job description the better we will understand their needs and help the network to source the right candidates. Last but not least, everything we have acomplished is thanks to our amazing Agents and the fantastic team at Agentum!

Where do you think Agentum will be by the end of the year?

Hopefully our momentum continues during the year with a lot of jobs for the network, plenty of great candidates for our clients and happy agents that truly feel the value of being part of the network. It is important for us to create value for our agents as well and therefore we will look at additional ways of giving back. We also want to strengthen our presence outside of Stockholm with more jobs in primarily Gothenburg and the Öresund region. Perhaps also a satellite office outside of Stockholm. With more jobs than ever in Sweden as well as abroad we will most likely also need to increase the team in order to keep up.

Exciting times ahead!

Meet Elin Milveden, Head of Product Line Kitchen at Electrolux and Agent at Agentum

At the core of Agentum you’ll find our agents – the 1500 people who hold our entire business model up and running. They are the people who give us insight into their networks and share their knowledge of great people, so that we can reach out with open positions to the right ones.

Therefore we want to introduce Elin, Head of Product Line Kitchen at Electrolux and long time Agent at Agentum. She is one of our most active Agents with recommendations to over 50% of the jobs we have posted. Here’s what Elin has to say about her career, Agentum and her strategy to find the right candidates to recommend. 

For how long have you been an Agent at Agentum?

I became an Agent back in 2012, so I have been with Agentum for quite some time and it is now exciting to see the company back on track with a great team in place to take Agentum to the next level!

Tell us a bit about yourself and you background. 

I was born and raised in Gothenburg and I am an Uppsala University alumni. After studying business in the best student city in Sweden, I moved to Stockholm to start my career at Procter & Gamble. I’ve always found the FMCG-industry very exciting so it was perfect for me to begin my career at P&G where I held positions within Supply Chain, Key Account Management and Category Management. I learned a lot during my time at P&G but after 7 years I felt that it was time for a change and to broaden my horizon. My initial plan was to move towards a smaller and more entrepreneurial company but ironically I ended up at one of Sweden’s largest companies, Electrolux, in an amazing position as Head of Product Line Kitchen. Today I am happy it did not go as initially planned, as I feel this was in the end the perfect opportunity for me. It’s funny that sometimes when something does not go as planned, it might actually end up even better than initially imagined. At Electrolux, I’m currently responsible for sales of the kitchen Channel in the Nordic region i.e. the sales team working towards kitchen stores.

You are one of our most active Agents, with recommendations to over 50% of our jobs. What is your strategy to find the best candidates in your network? 

Wow, that is amazing to hear! Well, I have been very happy every time someone else has recommended me to a job and therefore I try to think high and low whenever a new job is posted in the network. The people I recommend will only be flattered, so both I and my candidates have nothing to loose if I recommend them. Also, I focus on matching the personality and the profile with my network rather than trying to find the exact match when it comes to industry experience. I believe that you can be successful in most jobs if you have the right attitude, personality and desire even though you might lack a bit in industry experience. Lastly, I genuinely find joy in helping a friend or acquaintance to find the perfect job for them, and thanks to the Agentum model I can do so without actually working as a recruiter myself.

Is there anything you would like us at Agentum to do more of? 

I believe that Agentum is on the right track going forward and I appreciate the opportunity to attend interesting breakfast seminars where I can meet new people and learn something exciting. In the future, I think it would be great with more opportunities to meet other Agents in different settings, maybe a lunch to discuss an interesting topic or something similar – in short, explore the opportunity to engage the network and the Agents more.

Meet Camilla Everberg, CMO at Elgiganten and Agent at Agentum

At the core of Agentum you’ll find our agents – the 1500 people who hold our entire business model up and running. They are the people who give us insight into their networks and share their knowledge of great people, so that we can reach out with open positions to the right ones.

Therefore we want to introduce Camilla, new CMO at Elgiganten and long time Agent at Agentum. She found her new job at Elgiganten through the Agentum network and here’s what Camilla has to say about her new job and Agentum. 

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

Well, I have a Master’s degree in Business Economics from Gothenburg School of Business and started my career as a Management Trainee at Orkla Group. I stayed in the FMCG-industry for about 14 years, both within Orkla and at other companies. I started out as a Business Controller and then moving on to positions as Brand Manager, Key Account Manager, Marketing- & Innovation Manager and finally Marketing Director. It was probably my curiosity and interest in understanding how you can influence the everyday life of people that initially attracted me to the FMCG-industry and of course working with great and well-known brands. 

About 5 years ago I was recommended to the job as Business & Channel Manager at Bonnier Broadcasting / TV4 and decided that is was time for a change and a new industry. During my time at Bonnier Broadcasting / TV4, I worked with creating new digital products and services targeted towards B2B as well as B2C. Working in a new industry was rewarding and enlightening and my interest for the retail sector has steadily grown ever since I got involved in a e-commerce project at Bonnier.  

Congratulations on the new job! How has the first time been? 

I have seldom felt so welcome as I have at Elgiganten, starting with my new manager, and CEO, Niclas to my new team and all colleagues. During my first couple of weeks I have been on an internal “speed-dating” in order to meet and get to know as many colleagues as possible. I have also been to the headquarter of Elkjøp (our parent company) in Oslo to meet the rest of the nordic team, been on a conference to prepare for our upcoming peak-season (Singles Day, Black Friday and Christmas) and been an intern at our stores. I am very thankful for the introduction I have been given, it has been a lot of fun and I have learnt a lot

This is your second job you have found through Agentum, could you describe your experience? 

Well, I believe that the Agentum business model based on recommendations is a strength. As an Agent I only recommend people that I have good experience of and that I think would fit and create value to the jobs posted by Agentum. And I believe most of the Agents in the network would agree, therefore we can together create a great pool of candidates in the recruitment process. Also, as an Agent you get information about current available positions even though you might not actively be looking for a new job – which is how I found out about the position as CMO of Elgiganten.