Becky Metcalf: Corporate Recruiter - she went inside and never looked back. Well... Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. LRS is a computer consulting company that's been around through several generations of "the computer" having been founded in 1979.

Becky has been known to
ask the tough questions and get to the heart of the matter with any candidate. Her consulti...

"You have to get loud sometimes and get real excited for yourself." Often working quite alone in her corporate world, she stalls loneliness by taking a walk and mingling with the other folks throughout the office. Becky shares the differences between corporate and contract , "You always want your client to be happy but on the corporate side it becomes much more personal if it doesn't work out." Having worked with others on the corporate side that are able to de-personalize it, she falters a bit as she states, "It is hard for me when I personally invest in a candidate that doesn't succeed and I don't have the opportunity to take that person to another client."

"Corporate recruiting = post and pray. That drives me nuts. I am a proactive recruiter. When I identify good candidates, I am invested to get them invested." Becky, like most recruiters dreads the sorry, you didn't get the job conversation, but she is adamant about making that necessary call and almost every time, she is received warmly because she cares and calling shows that. "I have always been a recruiter that has tried to expel the negative aspects that go along with our profession. I got an earful one time from a consultant that hated recruiters. This pushed me harder to make those calls. I try to keep people in the loop."

"Respect is ideal," she explained. "I learned a lot from various people in this industry, people who had a knack, the folks who had tons of referrals. What they did was develop a strong candidate relationship by asking many questions." Becky learned the hard way by losing a placement. She swore that would never happen again which is why she turned into a bully, browbeating candidates if she didn't like their answers. When she was called on it, a lesson was learned. Teaching through experience, Becky shares her bad stories along with the good. Admitting to having been driven by money in the past, "Now, it is the rewarding nature of my work. I really do believe in my company. I really do believe that what I bring is important." So do we, Becky, so do we.

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JERRY: Sorry, Joe, it's a no-go

JOE: Gee, why, Jerry?

JERRY: You're too quiet for them.

JOE: Gee, thanks for being so frank, Jerry.

JERRY: Don't mention it. I like quiet people myself.


BILL: Hi Jerry, did I get the job?

JERRY: Sorry, Bill, it's not a fit

BILL: Gee, why, Jer?

JERRY: To tell you the truth, Bill, you're just a bit too blabby for them. I like blabby people myself. Heck, I'm blabby but they're kind of a quiet bunch.

BILL: I understand Jerry. Keep me in mind. Bye.


AL: Hi Jer, am I in?

JERRY: Sorry Al.

AL: Oh wow. What happened?

JERRY: They thought you were kind of a wimp. I like wimps myself but they're not into them.

AL: Couldn't you have just said I was too quiet?

JERRY: Al, "wimp" was a euphemism.

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