Oh Boy, where do I start? The economy? The Big Box Stores? Politics in Businesses? I guess I will just say I was making $200k/yr as a Sr. Manager for 7 years and got the ax. Yup, 7 years of 75+ hours a week, never seeing my family, missing important life events even being put into labor and holding off because it was busy at work and boom, my life was turned up-side-down. Depressed, pissed off and couldnt find a damn job to save my life.
1 year later and no job later I finally got to be with my family, slow down and actually enjoy, well, life.
Fast forward to 4 months ago...Got a call from a friend of mine asking me to apply to be a recruiter. A what? Im not a recruiter, IM A MANAGER. So, I swollowed my pride and I took a $170k/yr pay cut to do what? I had no idea. I thought, Okay, I can talk to people. I hired people for a living. I can do this. I was terrible. Oh my, now THIS job is Challenging!! Who knew!?!
I couldnt get a damn interview to save my life!! Shortlist was the excitement of my day. Then, one day, I had a "Jerry Maguire" moment. I was on the phone with a candidate and after about 30 min, I realized I was compteting against another agency to EARN a submittal from this candidate. What !! I am going to win this. It wasn't about showing the candidate "the money" it was about showing the candidate "ME", why he should trust me, pick me. I felt like standing on my desk saying "SHOW ME THE RESPECT AND ATTENTION I DESERVE AS A CANDIDATE" back to him....One hour later,l I won. I was wiped out. 1.5 hours on the phone for one candidate. It was the one of those "ah ha" moments that I will remember for my entire life.
My candidate got hired. My first placement. Holy cow my prayers have been answered! Not just work prayers, buy my life prayers.
Why do I love this job? I am a mom again. I am a wife again. I am a sister/daughter/godmother again. I am having amazing conversations daily with smart and interesting people. I get to get people, who like me in the past, find a job. Bottom line, I AM IMPROVING PEOPLES LIVES BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, MY LIFE. I love my job as a recruiter.
Great post, Becky.
Becky, I can relate to a lot of what you wrote! I worked for a company 16 years, sales and management, and all our U.S. offices were closed in 2009. I came to work for my husband's recruiting company, which was great because it was well established and I didn't have to interview. Not so great at first because it was HIS company for 20 years, I had been travelling 75% for the last 6 years of my career, always working 60+ hours/wk, etc. So some rough adjustments to all the "togetherness" but I have come to enjoy all the things you mention, thanks to being able to recruit independently for a living.
Great post Becky, much much luck to you....
Thank you so very much. It has been one heck of a ride!! Good luck to you two as well!