Actually, I have a new job.
Yes, I quit the job that I have described as a “sourcer’s dream.” Crazy? Maybe. But sometimes you get an opportunity, and you know if you don’t take it, you’ll regret it. That’s how I felt about AIRS 2 1/2 years ago and how I feel about my new job.
This is a different situation for me to be in. I never really interviewed, because I’m friends with my new boss and he describes my work ethic as “Puritanical,” he has even more to say about it in a blog he wrote here. He knows how I work, that I throw my whole heart into whatever I’m working on and, from my speaking gigs, is keenly aware of my ability to not only present but interact with peers and clients on a group or one-to-one basis. He also is keenly aware of my OCD when it comes to not only standing by values and meeting deadlines, but also as it impacts my interest in Social Media. It’s the first time I’ve gotten a job without supplying references, which is probably because my job is with one of my references.
Will I continue to write for FOT? Absolutely. As long as Kris and Jessica will have me. I think there will be a fresh perspective on sourcing as I dive into this role of Strategic Recruiting Manager for Staffing Advisors.
Will I still be a fan of AIRS? Definitely. If you can attend training, do it. It gave me a huge springboard of knowledge that I have been able to build a career on. I have been a client of the company much longer than I was an employee, so I feel very comfortable saying that. AIRS and I parted company on the best of terms, and I am looking forward to the many new courses they have coming to market.
The next time you visit my space on FOT? Definitely an item on sourcing and recruiting. I’ve taken a note from my friend Sharlyn and gotten more organized about my blogging and have a queue focusing on resources, tools and strategies. I’ll take them all on. There’s a lot to cover in sourcing and recruiting beyond Boolean search, and that’s what I’ll be writing about next.
Kelly is the Recruitment Manager for Westat, a leading social science research organization headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.