If you’re experiencing some unexpected turbulence in your career, or just can’t figure out where your passions lie, you’re not alone. Many of the most widely-recognized names journeyed down a similar road. Harrison Ford? Spent a large portion of his 20’s and early 30’s as a carpenter. The infamous creator of delectable cuisine, Julia Child? She was a government spy until the age of 36 when she decided to take a leap of faith and attend culinary school.
Success stories are a source of inspiration, instilling us with a sense of hope for our own careers. At HumanEdge, we pride ourselves on innovation and encourage employees to harness their entrepreneurial spirit. We give them the resources and support necessary to excel professionally, but at the end of the day, it is up to the individual to create their success.
Our newest recruiter, Sarah Weireter did just that. When we first met Sarah, she was fresh out of college. Like most recent graduates, Sarah wasn’t entirely sure what type of career path she wanted to follow. Looking for some guidance, she came to our office for a general interview to gauge her interests, discuss her skill sets, and chat about some of her options.
Our internal talent acquisition team quickly recognized Sarah’s undeniable drive and knew they couldn’t pass up someone with such promising talent. They decided to offer her a position as an in-house sourcer. The department was newly formed and needed individuals who would inject energy and creativity into the development and direction of the team. Although she had originally visited our office with no intention of being brought in house, recruiting was something she had previously thought about pursuing.
For the first three months at HumanEdge, Sarah filled the role of a sourcer, which she says was a great learning experience. For those who hope to be a recruiter, “Sarah Smiles,” as we call her, says sourcing laid the foundation for her success.
When Sarah came on as a sourcer, she knew there was a possibility of transitioning into a position as a recruiter. When I spoke with her, however, she said that she expected the conversion to happen further down the line. To her surprise (and delight), management was confident that she was ready to progress to the next level much sooner than anticipated.
Sarah believes her time as a sourcer prepared her for becoming a recruiter and that she couldn’t imagine being successful in her new role otherwise. By understanding the core principals of navigating the recruitment space, she was able to quickly grow into the next step.
I wanted Sarah to be as candid as possible, so I asked her what she liked about recruiting and if she enjoyed it more than being a sourcer. After all, this wasn’t the career path she originally intended to follow. She shared with me that recruiting isn’t as repetitive as sourcing, and as a recruiter, you get the opportunity to build relationships with candidates and feel the subsequent reward of finding them a job they truly enjoy. Recruiting requires you to think on your feet and think outside the box – two things she finds entertaining.
At the end of our conversation, I asked Sarah what advice she would have for new sourcers. As a great way to get your foot in the door, being a sourcer is excellent for recent college graduates who are looking for an exciting, active career. As for pointers, Sarah says to push through fears and be persistent. HumanEdge is a company that promotes growth and they invest just as much time into you as you do for them.
“Coming in as a sourcer, I was nervous I wouldn’t do well in my new role. Through persistence, I excelled at it and moved quickly up the ladder. With a little confidence and hard work, I exceeded my own expectations. For anyone coming into a new position, I would say not to be nervous. Find a technique that works for you and commit. The reward is greater than you think.” – Sarah “Smiles”.