“I’ve been told: You’re a woman – what do you know about cars?
“Being a businesswoman in the automotive industry is not easy. The first impression they have of you is that you’re weak. I took that as a challenge to prove that an empowered woman can be successful in a man’s world.”
Jazmine is as empowered of a woman as they come. She owns several businesses, including Talyer Automotive Service Centre (which she initially co-owned with her ex-husband) and a call centre in the Philippines.
Despite the masculine nature of the industry she joined, she admits that she is a “girly girl”.
“I love all things feminine. I love pink and I grew up in a Hello Kitty world,” she laughs, adding, “But I think my femininity is what makes an impact and it’s what balances things. I can inspire other women. When I’m in Talyer Auto, I’m seen as a mother figure.”
Being the mother figure has created a family environment in the four shops she now currently owns and runs.
“I want my legacy to be businesses that run on passion, endeavours that make an impact on others – from clients to staff.
“I’m proud to say that we were able to help out a lot of our workers – from the time they were students until we were able to sponsor them for PR and then citizenship. We were also very fortunate that none of our staff lost their jobs during the height of the pandemic. These are the things that motivate me.”
This motivated entrepreneur carries over her drive to how she raises her three daughters.
“I’ve always been a hands-on mum. Not only are my daughters athletes, but I see in them the drive that I have. My eldest girls – my twins – are now in uni and are helping out in the businesses.
“I got my femininity from my mum (who used to do pageants) and my business savvy from my dad; with my girls, I hope what they learn from me is to stick to something they like and they’re good at and, to excel in that.”
A mentor to her daughters and to other women, Jazmine continues to have the need to succeed, spurred on by her persistence and mental strength.
“My days start really early and end really late, but I keep on going. I’ve learned to be resilient. I have baggage, but I’ve learned to face the world in a professional manner.
“I’ve gone through a lot in my life. The characteristic I have that I’m most proud of is my mental strength. I continue to work on that everyday.”
Business owner and member of the Australian Council of Multicultural Entrepreneurs Jazmine Flores has helped a lot of international students in the past when it comes to acquiring employment.
She mentions some important tips on going about looking for work if you’re an international student.
Walk-ins and referrals
Jazmine says that she has personally seen a good success rate when it comes to international students applying as walk-ins and through referrals.
“A lot of students walk-in to our business to apply for work. Aside from us being a part of the popular automative industry, we are a Filipino-owned business, so Filipino students will seek employment with us.
“Referrals are also popular. We get them through people in our community and through our employees.”
Jazmine shares that it’s a good idea to be ready with employment and school documents when applying for work.
“If you’re going to walk-in to enquire about work, have your papers ready – your visa, school information, availability.
“Personally, I appreciate confidence and persistence. I appreciate your courage to go into a business without knowing anyone there and being confident about bringing your skills to the table.”
She says that when it comes to handling walk-ins, she will make time to have a chat or an on-the-spot interview if they’re not too busy.
Two important resources for jobs are online ads and community networks.
“Social media is the fasteste way to connect to employers and contacts. You can also find job ads online.
“Also, a lot of businesses support organisations so it’s good to be connected to different local organisations. You might be able to get good leads.
“No matter your situation, the important thing is to keep pursuing and to not give up.”
MS. JAZMINE FLORES
CEO, Leadworks Sales and Marketing Solutions PTY Ltd
DOLE Anniversary Offering of:
BY CRISTINA LAZO, NIKKI ALFONSO-GREGORIO
“We have two branches and almost half of our employees are international students studying automotive. We want to be able to give them industry experience; however we’ve seen them struggle due to the lack of support,” Jazmine says.
22 May 2020( Friday ), 1:00PM (PH Time)
Guest Speaker: JAZMINE FLORES
Founder and CEO, LeadworksBusiness Solutions Vice President, Australian Council for Multi-Cultural Entrepreneurs
In this webinar, you will: