Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Long-Overdue Update

Time flies! It's been 4 months & I just realized I never followed up on my last post. So, here's what I'm up to.

I'm now the Talent Manager for the Columbus branch of Improving Enterprises. I'd known of Improving for some time due to their presence at user groups and conferences. I'd taken Girl Develop It classes at their office. I knew that a lot of really good people worked for the company, and that they had a culture focused on teaching, learning and having fun. When they asked me to interview, I couldn't pass up the chance. 

During the interview and hiring process, I learned that my recruiting would be referral-based and focused on building long-term relationships. I learned that I'd be supported in my involvement with IT community groups and events. I learned that I'd work closely with our developers and other technical professionals during the candidate interview process. I also learned that I would be the only dedicated recruiter, meaning I would be directly responsible for helping the company grow. That last part sounded a bit scary, but it was also exciting and challenging.

Since May, I've interviewed and hired some great people, participated in several conferences as an organizer or sponsor, and am learning how to better connect with technical professionals. I'm facing new challenges and figuring out how to balance new commitments with previous ones. I'm also having a lot of fun in the name of "work". Ultimately, I'm doing the things I've wanted to do since I began recruiting.

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