Last time, we shared an insight into the world of our fabulous Jen – and now it’s the turn of our equally fabulous Content Writer Harriet who’s been an official member of the Zen team since last September. With a background in journalism, Harriet works across our three specialist sectors to support the relationship managers and directors in creating content for all of our clients…
- Describe your job in ten words:
Lots of writing. Researching. Reading. Adapting content for different audiences.
- When did you join Zen (and why)?
I officially became one of the Zen team in September 2018, but I met our MD Fliss back in 2015 at antenatal classes when we were both expecting our first babies. Alexander and Alexandra were born six weeks apart and have been friends ever since, as have Fliss and I. When I began freelancing after maternity leave, I did some work for Zen so I already knew how fab the company was, and when they were looking to take on a content writer it seemed a natural progression for me to come on board!
- How do you think everyone else in the office would describe you (in five words)?
I’d hope they’d say: efficient and a good writer!
- Why did PR appeal to you as a career?
I love the fact you end up knowing facts about all sorts of different industries! It’s like being continually at school. As well as learning so much from our more technical clients, I am really passionate about mental health and wellbeing so writing for clients who work within this sector inspires me.
It’s great to become part of so many amazing businesses and help them grow their reputation and make a success of something they’ve created.
- When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer, so being a journalist turned content writer has ticked that box!
- What’s the best thing about working for Zen?
The team is incredible – and I’m not just saying that to be a suck up! Everyone has different talents and personalities, everyone listens to your ideas and makes you feel genuinely respected within the workplace, and everyone has a great work ethic – inspired I think by Fliss who is probably the most hard-working person I’ve ever met. Having the flexibility to work from home is also a huge plus for me.
- When I’m not at work, I can be found…
At soft play! I have two toddlers so my life revolves around keeping them occupied and trying to wear them out before bedtime! We spend a lot of time with family and friends, and love exploring new places at the weekends.
- What’s been your career highlight so far?
I broke a front-page exclusive about the excess heat from the crematorium being used to warm the council’s swimming pool. That whole weekend was crazy watching a new Google alert pop up every time another media outlet covered the story, and by the Monday the news had spread across the world.
- What is your proudest moment (personally or professionally)?
In my journalism days, I lead the paper’s campaign to send a little boy called Harry to America for a life-changing operation. I organised a charity auction and co-ordinated the weekly coverage on his progress. Finding out we’d not only reached the total, but there was enough spare for him to have intensive physio when he got back, was definitely a life-highlight.
On a personal level, it’s a cliché but getting married and having my two children!
- Who inspires you, either professionally or personally?
Dolly Parton is just amazing – she is so much more than just a singer with a big wig and fake boobs: musician, songwriter, head of a charity which has sent millions of books to children across the world, hires local people from the area she was born to lift them out of poverty. Her work ethic is amazing and I love the fact she’s not afraid to dress and look however she wants to, whatever people think of her!
I also think Judge Judy is fabulous. Incredibly smart and sassy!
- And finally, what three objects would you take to a desert island with you?
My Kindle so I could read books and watch Netflix, a comfy bed, and my computer so I could finally get around to writing a book.