The Other Side of the Desk
Back in June when I was laid off, I was advised to reach out to recruiters for help with my job search. Although I spent a frustrating six months working with a few recruiting agencies trying to find my next position, it ended up being a blessing in disguise. Little did I know that I would end up on the other side of the desk as a recruiter myself.
While the agencies did find me jobs, the salaries were too low or didn’t fit my personality, and therefore didn’t last long. I felt like the recruiters were going through the motions without taking the time to get to know me and what I was really looking for. Without knowing it, these agencies were providing me with a good education on what NOT TO DO as a recruiter in my new career.
When I was first asked if I was interested in becoming a recruiter, I immediately thought about the agencies and people I had been dealing with during my job hunt. It didn’t seem very appealing at first, since I didn’t like these people very much, but once I had the opportunity to meet the group of people I’d be working with, I knew right away that our company was different. I figured I could do things differently; I would actually care about my candidates and take the time to get to know them to help them find their perfect job. I realized that I had joined a team of individuals who shared the same ideals. While we have to ask basic questions like, “Why are you on the market?” and “What are your skills?” the more important questions are personalized: “What do YOU want in a position?” “What motivates YOU?” People put their livelihoods, families and overall quality of life in our hands and we know that should not be taken lightly.
Before I came to Technical Connections, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. The only thing I did know was that I wanted to do something that was more fulfilling. Who knew being a recruiter could be just that? Although I haven’t done this for very long, I am content knowing that my colleagues and I are helping people find their ideal jobs, as I have found mine.
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