I am a little more than a month into my new job. And I love it. I knew I would, but I have to admit, if you had asked me when I graduated college what I envisioned my career path to be, I would never have told you that I would end up in the land of the third party recruiter. HR Manager… Benefits Manager… card carrying member of SHRM… that was kind of where I thought I was headed. Third party recruiting though, to be honest, it wasn’t who I thought I was, but I’m definitely finding out that in this industry, and particulary at this company, it is an awesome fit.
Why? Why would someone who had a great time in corporate HR and recruiting be happy in the TPR world?
Well there are a few reasons:
- It’s never dull, I have new, diverse openings to work with each week.
- It’s fast paced, so I don’t get bored.
- It’s challenging. The talent I seek is not on job boards. I have to dig and use all of my training to get where I need to be.
- I’m shocked but I’ve yet to use a fee based resource, with the exception of purchasing inmails. And I’ll be honest, I’m toying with upgrading my LinkedIn membership. More for increasing my speed than anything else.
- I also have an awesome, and small, team of professionals that I work with and we all really enjoy what we’re doing. It’s nice to find an up to the minute directory of difficult to find professionals and have your team geek out over it with you.
At the same time, I think I’m a better fit for the third party recruiting world because I know now that:
- Efficiency is key. I don’t want to work 14 hour days. I want to work 6 hour days. So I look at what I need to find, do, whatever and the quickest, most effective way to get it done. So that means I don’t always go through 10 different strategies to find a particular candidate if I know the top 2 will generate a nice group of names or profiles.
- I don’t know everything about sourcing. Sometimes I think I do, and I will say I know a lot, but there are plenty of savvy professionals out there sharing information that makes me better at my job. So I read and give respect to my peers. If you haven’t joined any of the many sourcing groups on LinkedIn, you should, and you should participate in the conversation. You should read everyone, not just your favorites. Even if you find that someone has written something completely flawed, it can inspire you to create new search tactics or strings.
- I’ve done enough of my own job searches, survived a lay-off, done the mommy transition thing, that I am very aware of how I want to treat job seekers. I try to help who I can, and I’m honest if I can’t help you right now. Respect once again comes into play. If you live in the DC metro area, you know it can be a small world at times and who knows when our paths will cross again. Job seeker or TPR, it’s always best to treat others the way you would like to be treated.
- I’m more organized than ever. I store so much information so that it’s easily at my fingertips and I do still like Google Docs. Bookmarks in Chrome are also one of my favorite things for storing resources and search strings as well as keeping all of my searches in queue. Excel is something I’m working on to not only build amazing search strings like described here but some other things too. And I’m also revisiting Custom Search Engines.
Moral of the story? Not ending up where you thought you should be, and instead taking a detour into a world you really can enjoy and thrive in can help you build a really great career and truly enjoy your job. Which is really key, because then your job is never just a “job”.
Kelly is the Recruitment Manager for Westat, a leading social science research organization headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.