Monday, May 12, 2014

Straight from the Horse's Mouth

It’s been nearly a year since my last post and, in that time, this blog’s title has been fully realized. Yep, you’re reading that right, I’m now the hiring manager. More specifically, I’m the Director of Talent Acquisition at mid-stage startup in the tech-centric Cambridge, MA neighborhood that is Kendall Square. After several awesome and rewarding years in career services, I set off in search of an opportunity to try my hand at the other side of the job search equation, recruiting young (and some experienced) professionals.

I’ve found myself in a fortunate place, which is in a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. While I’m new to the role, and often learning on the job, I’ve been given the opportunity to truly own this company’s recruiting efforts. So, from here on out, the advice on this blog is straight from the horse’s mouth. Or at least this horse’s mouth.

I’ve known for a while, and often told my students, that there were no absolutes or hard truths in job searching. Everything should always be qualified. And that’s only become more apparent since I’ve started in this role. I’ve made exceptions to my own rules, disregarded my own presumptions, and flipped my own thinking on it’s head, all in the name of hiring the right person for the right role. From here on out, this blog will likely be more of those musings, including, but not limited to, thoughts on the industry, the job search, and hiring processes. I’m still learning and figuring out my own best practices, but if you’re interested in tagging along for the ride, please check back often from time to time (let's face it, I don't have the best track record with consistent blogging).