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L-O-V-E

This past week was all about L-O-V-E.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would dedicate this post to the concept of love, not the sappy, Nicholas Sparks kind of love, a very different type—the love of a career.  Most of us have some kind of idea of which direction we would like our career to go in.  Whether you are a banker, a recruiter, a singer, an accountant, or a circus performer… you got there in some way or another.  Ideally, you enjoy your profession, or at least some part of it.  I think we can all agree that no job is perfect, and we don’t always love our jobs.  Maybe you’re having a difficult week, or a difficult year—but passion for your job, at least in my opinion, is important to having a fulfilling life.

Recruiters are sometimes viewed as the bad guys.  The nickname “head hunter” is enough to prove that.  The truth is, yes, recruiters go to work to make money, just like everyone else in this world.  But they don’t “steal people” from other companies. (Well not ALWAYS)  The power of whether or not to leave a job for another is solely in the hands of the candidate.  The choice to talk to a recruiter is up to you. If you are not completely in love with your position, or your working environment, why not see what other opportunities are out there?  Reach for the stars, follow your dreams, and all those other cliché sayings!

– Thanks for reading, and Let’s Talk!  – Rachael Gallup

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Momentum fuels a company, a team, an idea.  Sunday’s Super Bowl is a great example of how momentum plays a huge role in whether or not something is successful.  The Ravens dominated the first half of the game.  Then the lights went out, and so did the team’s lead.  The 49ers came back and almost won.  The Ravens lost momentum, and although they did manage to come out victorious, it was close… really close.  Momentum is extremely important when it comes to a job placement, both on the side of the candidate and the client.

When I started working for this firm, I kept hearing the recruiters around me use the phrase, “time kills all deals.”  As I began to learn the ins and outs of the recruiting process, I learned that this notion is 100% accurate.  Time kills momentum. If a candidate has been going through the hiring process for too long of a time, it can put them off of the position.  They may feel as though they are “being dragged along,” or they may simply not have time or the desire to wait for an offer after a certain point.  This same argument goes for the employer.  Sometimes a candidate will hesitate to accept an offer, which may cause the hiring manager to second-guess his/her decision to hire the specific person, and in some cases, they will scrap the position all together and not hire anyone for it.

Just like the Super Bowl could have gone either way, so can any potential job placement.  Even when a potential employer and candidate are on the same page, and both parties are ready to commit to each other, a deal can fall through.  It all comes down to timing and momentum.  This is where a recruiter comes in, to make sure that steps are always being taken to move the process forward.

Thanks for reading, and Let’s Talk!

-Rachael

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