Something gets in the way.
So we do it for them.
Yesterday: My phone rings. Ding a ling a ding.
An excited male identifies himself and tells me he just received an email and wants to know what company I'm with (it's plainly stated on my email) and asks me do I work for XYZ Corporation.
Not quite having caught his name but understanding the call is coming from an email I sent only moments before I answer:
Yes, this is Maureen and I'm working with XYZ Company and they've asked me to contact you about a Director of Quality position they have coming open.
You had applied for a Food Scientist position with them last summer and as that job was filled by an internal candidate they were wondering if you might be interested in speaking with them now about the Quality Director position they have opening at their headquarters.
Yadda yadda yadda on the other end.
I sense excited interest mixed with caution.
No I am not employed by XYZ Corporation. I work as a consultant to them. They've asked me to contact you to see if you might be interested in a Quality Director position they have opening at their headquarters.
(Didn't I just say that?)
Yes, I understand you're the Quality Manager there.
No, I'm not a recruiter.
My company name is TechTrak and I am located in Cincinnati, OH.
You would be? Great! Has anything changed on your resume?
Okay - would you like to update it and send it to me and I'll forward it to XYZ Company with the news that you're interested and one of their recruiters will get in touch with you?
That's wonderful - I'll look for it this afternoon! Good-bye!
Nothing's ever easy and it seems to be getting uneasier.
Within a half hour or so I get an email from one of the HR Managers at the Company:
I call her.
"Maureen? I just received a call from yadda yadda yadda…" and so the story goes that "Amoo" had hung up the phone with me and called the company to check my story!
To check my story!
The HR Manager just wanted to make sure all the ps and qs were being minded because this particular candidate seemed to express concern over "who" might be calling him and the information I "might" be asking for.
I assured her I wasn't stepping outside any boundaries and we went over some of the guidelines of most concern to her.
No - no problems there. No lines crossed, I promised.
Another half hour passes and I notice an email from the same guy in my box with his resume attached and a nice note, would I please forward his resume - yadda yadda yadda.
This time I did call him.
"Amoo? I just received your resume - thank you - and I will send it on to Lisa at XYZ Company. I understand the two of you spoke this morning," and I laugh but I'm really a little more than irritated but I'm trying to contain it.
He knew what I was talking about.
"I'm sorry - I didn't mean to get you in any kind of trouble," he apologized. "I just needed to be sure you were who you said you were!"
"Who I said I was?" I inquired.
(Who I said I was?!)
"You called me, remember? I emailed you."
"I know - I know - but you seemed to know quite a lot about me," he said.
"Did you apply for a job with XYZ Company?" I ask. "They gave me your information to contact you-"
"Yes, but I received a really strange call here at work about two weeks ago" he interrupted. "A person who said they were from a recruiting company and they were asking me all kinds of strange questions - they asked me my date of birth and I know they're not allowed to ask that!" he exclaimed.
"No, you're right," I agreed. "Did you apply anywhere else other than XYZ Company?" I asked.
"No," he quickly answered. "Only XYZ Company. It kind of freaked me out," and the way he said "freaked me out" almost made me laugh except for the fact that the subject is so darn serious!
"That is strange," I agreed and then a lightbulb went off.
"Are you on social media?" I asked.
"You mean Facebook? Not much anymore - once in a while to check on my kids but not very often," he confessed.
"Do you list your place of work there?" I asked.
"I don't think so," and then he paused.
"I'm on LinkedIn," he said gravely. "My company's name is listed there."
He seemed to be putting the pieces together.
For once I felt like I didn't have to.
"I never thought about that information being used that way," he stated, seemingly half-to-himself.
"It is public information," I couldn't resist.
So here's the question, Recruitersphere.
Is this one of the consequences of social media we're going to have to learn to grin and bear and buck up under?
I ask you.
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ussions that go on at Recruitingblogs. The connections, i've made, laughs i've had, battles i've fought and things i've learned here mean a great deal. I would like to mention a few and hope you will join in with yours. It's almost impossible to mention everybody who has impacted my world but here are a few.
PETER CECCARELLI - Recruiter and now HR Director for Online Shoes based in Seattle. I once suggested to Peter, when we first interacted that he refrain from being such a "prig" based on something he had just written. Peter is a very smart, class act, accomplished writer and artist. I thought he would probably nail me to the wall, take the meat off my sandwich and shove it in my ear. HIs fav saying on here is, "Why is that relevant?"
He responded by saying that his mother once told him never to argue with a woman wearing fur. Whewww, our friendship blossomed and continues. I mention Peter first because i got a heartbreaking email from him this morning. He returned from Europe just in time to spend five minutes with his wonderful Malamute rescue dog "Cody" before Cody licked his hand and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It's always hard to lose an "innocent" that we love. You are in my heart today Peter. I know Cody is playing in the grass where it's always warm with two black horses named Gifford P. McNasty and Sir Spats Domino , Tom Chuna's beloved Cole who left us last Christmas, Steve Levy's cat "Stinky", Martin Snyder's wonderful Millie and the many others who are so much a part of the lives of all of us. Without the companionship of the animals we love this business might drive us over the edge. They don't care if we made a placement or not.
THOMAS PATRICK CHUNA - PATRICK INTERNATIONAL - Independent Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant, and the guy who, i promise you, can find anything. In his world there is no purple squirrel, they seem to follow him home like the pied piper of recruiting when he never looked for one before and has not a clue what they do or should do. He just finds them. He is an accomplished writer, sweetheart of a guy and does the best candidate prep i have ever heard. He gave me a phrase that has been included in every candidate prep since he first sent it to me.
"Remember that an interview is really a business meeting between two professional people. Handle your interview in that manner and it will go well."
How easy is that and how very true.
Tom is to be remembered also for coming up with the term "Moonbat" referring to one blogger and some notable candidates that we have all encountered. Tom is like a Timex, and a tippecup rolled into one. Knock him over and he rolls back up and keeps on ticking. Thanks for all you do Tom and your friendship, it's about our turn to hit a big one. You are my hero and my pal.
Dr. MICHAEL KALCHMAN , PhD.- Cortex Search - Canada. This sexy scientist/recruiter is so smart that it's an education to speak with him. I came up with some scientific searchs where help was needed in the worst way. Called him and started rattling off what my client needed. Of course it didn't make any sense to Michael because my notes had been taken by yours truly who cheated her way through one year of chemistry and has gleaned most of her scientific knowledge from watching CSI. He finally said, "McCartt do you have any idea what you are talking about?" If nothing else i do know there are some things i can't bullshit my way through so my response was, "Hell no, why do you think i called you Dr. Kalchman." He has been patient, made a trip all the way to Phoenix to impress my client that i even knew a PhD. We have come very close on a couple, no bingo yet but my ability to understand what my scientific clients want has expanded 110% due to Michael's patient teaching. So he calls me "Nurse Rachett", so what, i adore him and treasure his friendship. Even though he says the only reason he tolerates me is because he likes my cute accent. Sheeit, all a y'all everybody has to have something to offer.
Michael is to be remembered for a post he slapped up kevetching about the process with a client who had just hired someone from he and a partner. He unfortunately discovered that it's a lot smaller world than he thought. He was mortified, called me with one of those, Oh my God you will not believe what i have so stupidly done. The brilliant Dr. K gave me one of those laughs that we all get when something someone else does reminds us of the worst time in the history of recruiting when the wrong person got the wrong email. Suicide by email and post as it were. May the McAbees flee from your brillance this holiday season Dr. K. you are sunshine from Canada.
PAUL ALFRED - MANAGING PARTNER -PINPOINT RECRUITING - Canada
Sharp, funny, business savvy, personality plus. Ex IBMer, computer geek turned recruiter just a few short years ago. He handles himself like a seasoned pro, writes like William F. Buckley with a sense of humor. We have debated, passive candidates, social media, personal vs professional profiles and about everything else one can think of. I'm old enough to his grandmother, if i had to compete with him on a search i would come early and stay late just to be sure i could stay up. If i lived in Canada i would beg him for a job with his group so i knew i could play with the big kids. This one is one to watch. He's going places my thinks, big time.
If you have not read his latest blog "Social Media Talk Radio" do it now. His blog last week "On the trail for Qualified Candidates is one of the very best i have read all year.
RAYANNE THORNE- Broadbean
Rayanne interviewed me when i was a newbie on RBC. We laughed most of the way through the interview. Rayanne is like Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm but don't for one minute think that she doesn't have a buzzsaw concealed under those daisys.
SHERRY JUNKER - Who wrote the now infamous Blog entitled "I'm a Recruiting Whore..and I love it." Haven't seen muxch of Sherry lately but she was great to send me a whole spreadsheet of docs that she researched for me. From one old recruiting whore to another. You are trip Sherry. Thanks for your candor and friendship.
PAMELA TOWAN deFORCE - LEGAL RECRUITER - California. - Pamela and i connected several months ago. Had a love fest telling each other that neither of us looked even half our age. Only a female recruiter will tell her real age.
Pamela's memorable comment - Hire a teenager while they still know everything. Still laughing Pamela, you still don't look a day over 40. :)
JERRY ALBRIGHT- I've already said most of it but Jerry's most memorable quotes. NOT THIS AGAIN!!!! and Last but never least. NICE AD.!!!!!
MARK LENNARD - SEASONED RECRUITER AND FAMILY GUY - UK
Albright and i beat the stuffing out of Mark for not opening up comments. He is nobody's dummy. He opened them up got a ton of comments and loved it when i told him he was real "mench" and that came from a "Sabra". A Sabra is a female Isralei soldier and also a cactus that is native to Israel. It's sweet on the inside and thorny on the outside. There is also a liquor by the same name that bears tasting if you have never tried it. Mark did however disappear to Turkey in the middle of all that. He said it was a vacation. That took Jer and i down a peg on the power scale.
HEIDI Burkley - Principal - Exalt Hiring Solutions - Chicago
Classy, smart, communicates far above the skills of most of us strugging to say something intelligent. She just opens her mouth or types as the case may be and intelligent just flows. She is all about relationships. Out of the blue you may receive an email from her with a nice compliment about something you said somewhere and how much she appreciates you. Her mama raised a great lady.
So many others that mean so much to me. Steve, Maureen, Ambrish , Dan , Becky, James, Heather. From all over the world you have laughed at my outrageous sense of humor (even the one about the heat in Texas and the fried cat in the backseat), taught me so much, expanded my world and my ability. Happy Holidays ,you brighten my life. If i didn't mention your name it's because this could go on forever, it's cold, i got out the life size Santa Clauses (four of them), my giant Pyrenes Mountain Dog who weighs in at 150 lubs is terrified and just wet on the carpet. Proving once again that all good things can get peed on if they go on too long. :)
JASON DAVIS - MILES, MAREN - RBC Thank you for your hard work to provide a great spot in the world of recruiting. Maren's most memorable quote to me.
"Sandra, you can not call Josh a Jerkweed". My response, "oK, Maren, but hell, understand that in my world, that's a term of endearment.
That's Texas Talkin', from the third cottonwood tree , 2miles S. W. of Jackass Flats, USA America. If you have memories of memorable members and mentions share them, tis the season! Let's go sell something this week.!
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Admire of : Shally Steckerl and JobMachine Cheatsheets
Quote: " .. You can find us walking the dogs downtown Willow Glen stopping at Starbucks to refuel"
Community Volunteering: Human Society, ASPCA, PugPros, Local Hospital, Reading for elementary school students through a Junior Achievement program"
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Q & A with Julia Margherita-McInerny
Julia Margherita-McInerny is a Corporate Sourcer based in San Jose, California. Her staffing areas of expertise are in Advanced Internet Research identifying passive candidates, full-cycle recruitment, cold calling, and networking. She has worked at prominent Silicon Valley companies such as Intuit, The Gap, and most recently, as a Talent Scout at Adobe where she worked for the last three years until this past February. Julia has experience targeting varied job req disciplines, i.e., Marketing, Product Management, Human Resources, Legal, Corporate Communications, Internal Communications, Real Estate, Corporate Architecture & Construction, Visual Merchandising, E-commerce, User Experience Designers, Visual Designers, Technical, Engineering, Finance, Internal Consulting, and Customer Support.
Life is an adventure, and Julia has a team effort supporting her latest chapter. Aside from her recent job search efforts, Julia has experienced the more satisfying life transitions that come with a recent marriage this past October with her husband Tim McInerny and building a nest with their two dogs, Carson the Mastiff and Lola the Pug.
Six Degrees: Tell us of your home world.
Julia: My husband Tim and I were married this past October. We had a beautiful wedding in Los Gatos, CA with 150 of our closet family and friends. We are settling into married life quite nicely along with our two dogs Carson the Mastiff and Lola the Pug. We are working on adding to our family! Since we both waited to marry a little later in life, we feel very lucky to have found each other. I’ve always said that finding your soul mate is like searching and finding the perfect candidate -- sometimes you have to search high and low and wait for the right one!
We enjoy eating out and trying new restaurants. We also love entertaining and having friends and family over. On the weekends, you can find us walking the dogs downtown Willow Glen stopping at Starbucks to refuel or going to the dog park.
Anyone who knows me knows I am an extreme animal lover. If I could adopt all of the stray and rescued dogs and cats out there, I would! I am a strong supporter of the Human Society, ASPCA and try to help PugPros, a local pug rescue group when I can. When I was growing up, I really wanted to become a veterinarian but I think it would be too hard for me to see animals hurt and in pain day in and day out. I can’t even make it through commercials about abused animals without shedding a few tears and forget any movies where the family pet passes away in the end!!!
I also enjoy reading in my spare time. I’m always game for anything Oprah recommends! I also never get tired of a few of the classics including "Catcher In the Rye", "The Great Gatsby", "To Kill A Mockingbird", etc. For kicks, a good laugh and to keep in touch with the girly side of me, I’ve also ready the "Confessions of a Shopaholic" series!
I have done some volunteer work in the past at a local hospital as well as reading for elementary school students through the Junior Achievement program. I’ve always found volunteering very rewarding and hope to donate more of my time soon.
I try to stay active and make it to the gym a few times a week. I’ve dabbled in yoga and core training classes. I also love playing tennis and have played golf a few times but get frustrated easily!
Six Degrees: How many years have you been in the staffing industry?
Julia: I started recruiting in an agency in San Francisco in 1997. I placed paralegals and case clerks in some of the top law firms in SF. Prior to settling in staffing, I was a paralegal right out of college and worked for a large SF law firm mostly working on environmental and insurance defense cases. After 7 years working for lawyers, I decided it was not the right career for me -- I wanted to interact with people not documents day in and day out! I had always had an interest in human resources and recruiting so I decided to make a go of it. It was an easy and welcomed transition for me and I never looked back!
After working for the agency for a few years, I desired corporate experience and really wanted to work for an internal staffing organization so I landed at Gap Inc. as a Sourcer and stayed for 5 years. I had the pleasure of working on all of the fun, creative jobs in the company including Advertising and Visual Merchandising. My hiring managers were the brains and talent behind all the Gap commercials and photo shoots -- I thought I was the “coolest” sourcer in town!!
At that point in my career, I wanted to get exposure to the high tech and software industry and landed a contract gig at Intuit where I was hired to support Marketing and Product Management. Intuit was a wonderful experience and the free tax software was an extra bonus!!
I joined Adobe Systems in 2006 as a Talent Scout and was brought on to source for the G&A functions including Marketing, Finance, Legal and Human Resources. I was also fortunate to get exposure to many other business functions within the company including User Experience Design, Professional Consulting, Customer Care and Inside Sales. I challenged myself every day with hunting for User Experience Designers/Architects and Computer Scientists!!
Six Degrees: What single event had the most impact on your sourcing/recruiting career?
Julia: It’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one event that has most impacted my sourcing career. Every company I’ve worked for has been unique from the other. Working for Gap in 1999 was really exciting -- we had prospective candidates beating down our doors wanting to work for the hip khaki retailer! Then the dotcom boom burst on the scene and we were fighting to save recent hires from going to start ups! It’s been such an experience watching the cycles of the economy and how it’s affected sourcing over the last 10 years. By the time I joined Adobe, I realized just how much I had learned about sourcing and what it takes to truly find and attract the ultimate passive candidate.
One project that does come to mind was at Adobe and I was asked to become part of a team of recruiters and sourcers to staff a customer care center located in Canada. We were given the task of sourcing and filling over 100 positions within a very short period of time. The open positions were very technical and skill specific. The screening process for each candidate was very lengthy and detail-oriented. Sourcing for 100+ positions in a small market with a limited talent pool proved to be very challenging. I was not really familiar with the market in Canada let alone the complexity of the regions but I had to learn very quickly! Along with sourcing the candidates, I was also managing full cycle recruiting on this project. Through excellent team work and exceptional hiring managers, we were able to meet our goal and complete the project. This was very rewarding and will always have an impact on my career.
Do you have a mentor to whom you attribute your overall outlook on recruitment, capabilities, and/or model your career after?
Julia: I have been fortunate to have had many different mentors to whom I have looked up to throughout my career. I have had some wonderful managers who have been truly devoted to guiding and developing my skills as a Sourcer. I would have to give kudos to one of my managers at Gap when I started as a Sourcer who told me “you have to be fearless”. I remember being scared to death to make my first cold call! But I jumped in feet first and guess what happened!? The person on the other end of the phone was rude and hung up on me! I didn’t let that stop me - the more calls I made, the easier it became!
I haven’t tried to model my career after anyone specific. I’ve really tried to make it my own and play upon my strengths. I have learned and gained best practices from all of the wonderful and talented Sourcers I have worked with throughout my career. I do, however, admire industry leaders such as Shally Steckerl and Dave Mendoza.
Six Degrees: Tell us about your most recent gig as a talent consultant at Adobe, Julia.
Julia: During my time at Adobe, there were three Talent Scouts (Sourcers) including myself, each supporting multiple recruiters. I had the opportunity to learn about many functional areas of the company but the most recent group I supported was the Technical Recruiters. This team of recruiters supported the business functions including Creative Solutions, Knowledge Worker, Advanced Technology Lab, Platform and Adobe’s User Experience Design organization. My main job was to source and build pipelines of candidates -- both active and passive. To find the “best of the best” and find out where they live, both physically and virtually! I conducted a lot of research of professional organizations, conferences and dove deep into social networking sites.
Six Degrees: (A) What other companies' recruiting operations do you admire or have heard are best-practice examples?
Julia: Definitely Microsoft for its complexity and best practices through word of mouth. They are always such a fun company to watch and have no trouble attracting prospective candidates. It’s exciting to see how their brand evolves and how they change their recruitment marketing. I try to educate myself and follow the trends by reading different recruiting blogs and news stories.
Six Degrees: What recent general news story or industry trend do you feel will have an impact on your work in the future? Why?
Julia: I think all the general hype around social networking sites are and will have an impact on the role of a Sourcer now and in the future. Most or all of the Sourcers I know spend at least 90% of their time networking and searching sites such as Linked In and Facebook. I really feel they will eventually take over completely. Perhaps even take the place of job boards -- at least for a means of sourcing candidates.
Six Degrees: Have you been involved in broader industry events as of yet?
Julia: No speaking events or awards to mention -- yet!!
Six Degrees: What is your next career goal? What do you need to do to get there?
Julia: I really feel I am in a good place right now. I am content in the role of a Sourcer. I enjoy the “hunt” and like the research aspect of the job. It is a thrill to source and develop a candidate that results in a hire. I am looking to be a part of a cutting-edge recruiting organization that isn’t afraid to push the limits. I thrive in a team environment where I can learn from my colleagues and feel my ideas are being heard and contributed. As long as I’m feeling good about what I am doing on a daily basis and my work is rewarding, that is all that matters to me.
“HOW DOES THEY DOES JULIA DO IT?”
Six Degrees: How many applicants at your present employer do you estimate are hired from your corporate website as compared to how many are hired through referrals?
Julia: In my experience, the companies I have worked for have focused on continually increasing the number of hires through employee referrals. In general, the number of hires from referrals fluctuates between 30-40%. It seems companies are constantly trying to improve their employee referral programs to make the rewards more enticing for employees to refer great people but truth is, in this economy, it is more challenging.
In general, I think about 10% of hires come from a corporation’s website or posting.
A strong number of my hires have come from Linked In. I think in this economy, people are more open to networking and referring colleagues/friends for open jobs. In these tough times, people are more apt to help one another.
Six Degrees: What is the source of the "Most Hires" collected from at your present employer? (In terms of Quantity #)
Julia: In my experience, it really depends on the positions you are recruiting for. If I’m looking for a Computer Scientist or a specific type of Engineer, most of these hires seem to come from recruitment research done either internally or externally. Typically, these guys won’t have their resumes posted on job boards so a passive pipeline must be identified. There are some positions that are filled by job board resumes however, the types of positions I have worked on, require much more digging!
Six Degrees: What is the source of your "LOWEST COST OF HIRES" - (least amount of invested resources for the easiest hires, regardless of quality) at your present employer?
Julia: In my experience, a low cost hire is someone who has applied or submitted their resume in response to a posting or a resume posted on a job board. Also, prospective candidates who are already in our resume database are a good source. There could be someone who applied for one job but may be right for another. I usually go after the “low hanging fruit” first and I’m not implying they may be less qualified in any way -- the right candidate could be there right under your nose!! Another way to keep the cost of hires low is to leverage your own network. Reach out to current and former colleagues to see who they may know. Linked In has a great feature where you can send out job descriptions to your network to help with your sourcing efforts. No matter where I go or who I meet, I try to network -- you never know who you could meet!
Six Degrees: What talent niche groups do you target and are these particular talent areas specialized under your review?
Julia: I have had the opportunity to research and target numerous niche groups for the areas I have supported. Most of the positions I work on require digging and finding conference attendee lists, white papers and other publications, user groups, etc. For example, I have worked on a lot of User Experience Designer positions and this talent pool does not post their resumes on general job boards. The good talent is usually already working and in high demand AND receiving lots of calls from recruiters! There are a handful of niche designer websites/job boards I have to target to get their attention and potentially look at their portfolio.
Six Degrees: What types of training in sourcing/recruitment are available to you and have you taken advantage of?
Julia: In the past I have taken a few of Shally Steckerl’s seminars as well as attended AIRS training classes. I still use JobMachine’s cheat sheets! I recently participated in one of Craig Silverman’s webinars. I also subscribe to the recruiting/sourcing blogs and keep abreast of the news that way. I really like reading the daily blogs for tips from other sourcers or recruiters.
Six Degrees: What recruitment software tools do you use in your day to day recruitment activities & do they translate effectively within all of the different countries where you recruit?
Julia: Google and Yahoo search engines for Boolean searches of course! I have also been exposed to Virtual Edge, Filefinder and other ATS. Most of the jobs I have worked on have been based in the U.S. or Canada but it is important that any tool we utilize can be used globally as well.
Six Degrees: What tools (technology or old school file folder, for example) did you first encounter early in your recruitment career?
Julia: When I worked for the agency, we were still using hard copies of job orders and Excel spreadsheets to track candidates! I also used something similar to ResumeMix.
Six Degrees: How did your expectations of being a recruiter compare to the actual, first time you got on the phone or in the cubicle? In your opinion, how do people's assumptions about our vocation differ from reality?
Julia: When I worked for the agency, it was easy because all the candidates I called or interviewed came to us to register so there was no fear of the “unknown response!” I remember the day I made my first cold call -- sweaty palms and all! Of course the person on the other end of the call was rude and eventually told me never to call them at work again! What a way to start! But I kept going and it got easier as time went by. It’s easy to sell the company you are working for but it’s another story when you don’t know ANYTHING about what the person does that you are targeting!! I find it easier to let them talk about what they do. It helps me really learn the technology.
Six Degrees: Worst mistake, biggest goof, lousiest practice you thought would fly but didn’t…and how that was a learning experience?
Julia: Well, everyone makes mistakes now and then! I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to gather all of the pertinent information from the candidate the hiring manager is looking for -- leave no stone unturned. You really need to know their compensation expectations, relocation requirements (if needed), visa needs and any other expectations in the beginning of the process to avoid any obstacles down the road.
Six Degrees: How do you personally expect to facilitate change within our industry, and/or at your place of work? If you started that process, outline the problem, your solutions, and the vision.
Julia: I don’t know that I can change our industry but I can certainly work on changing and improving on my skills. If I can contribute creative ideas to an organization, I will feel good about what I am doing every day. I have good days and bad days -- there are some days when I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels with no results but that is what happens in the staffing world!
Six Degrees: What are some of the frustrating aspects/obstacles to your day to day as a staffing professional and in general?
Julia: There are some days when I feel I haven’t accomplished much…..no matter how much research or digging I do, I still haven’t produced a viable candidate! I will complain and be frustrated one day and the next I will find three great candidates -- it’s very cyclical.
Six Degrees: What are the most common themes of strategic and/or tactical mishaps involving past or present HR/Staffing org?
Julia: I think staffing organizations sometimes get a bad rap. There are some individuals out there that think recruiters are paper pushers who sit back and wait for resumes to come in and offer no value to an organization. When in fact the reality is, there is a lot of strategic work that goes on behind the scenes. There is a perception out there that most staffing organizations out there are more reactive than proactive. This is simply not the case.
Six Degrees: Considering all of the frustrations you have experienced in your career as a recruiter, -- what inspires you as you continue in your career?
I try to remember all of the hires and successes I’ve had. It is so satisfying identifying and developing a candidate who gets hired and eventually comes on board and is so ultimately happy where they are. Also, working with a supportive team keeps me going. If my colleagues are happy and are having fun with what they are doing, it is very refreshing!
Six Degrees: What one thing do you ideally hope to accomplish in 2009?
Julia: I really want to double or even triple my current networks!
Six Degrees: Anything you want to plug?
Julia: I am currently looking for my next sourcing opportunity - please contact me if you are interested in reviewing my resume!…