If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love my job. I love connecting people and career openings; I love finding the fit that no hiring manager thought could be found; and I love being a product of progress in this exciting industry we are all so lucky to be a part of. But most of all, I love my job because of the people I work with.
Still, what is love if you can’t poke a little fun at the moments that leave you slack-jawed or laughing at your circumstances? And I certainly had a few of those this year. Moments that I decided I should share with you, both so that you cold laugh with me, and learn along the way!
So, without further ado, I would like to present my Top 5 Recruiting moments of 2015:
Number 5: Multi-Person, Multi-National Interviews
What if I told you I had been involved in setting up interviews that connected 7 people in 5 countries and 6 different time zones? More than once. And I'm not too cool to admit that there was something kind of exhilarating about that! The communication capabilities of our world today never cease to amaze me! And let this serve as the reminder that sometimes you have to cast a wider net to find the right fit for your opening—don’t worry, I know how to make that happen!
Number 4: The Meaning of Commitment
I spoke on the phone at length to one engineer who I later learned had allowed the ice cream he was eating before we spoke to melt while we talked, purely because he didn’t want me to hear he him slurping. For the record, with me? Slurp away! But when I connect you with hiring managers—let that ice cream melt!
Number 3: Don’t Hire and Drive
One hiring manager I spoke to this year nearly hit a cow on a country road while discussing an open position with me. I am a girl who is a fan of multi-tasking, but be safe, my friends! And let’s preserve bovine life for burgers and steaks!
Number 2: Less is Sometimes More
Many of you have received a lecture from me about refining your resume, but none so intense as the gentleman who sent me a 27-pager. I was both impressed (the level of effort creating that document must have taken!) and horrified (no hiring manager is ever going to read something that large!). We do resumes here at Unmannedpower—if you fear yours might be bordering on too long (really, anything over two pages is too long), let us help!
And the Number 1 Most Memorable Moment (drum roll please):
Helping great people find their dream jobs is, and always will be, my most memorable aspect of doing what I do. My favorite thing ever? Receiving e-mails weeks, months, and years down the line from job seekers who are still in love with the companies I have helped to place them in.