The Recruiting Game

recruitmentIt is funny as you go through life – you find yourself looking at the recruiting game from all different angles.  When you are getting recruited for college or to play for a sports team, when you are looking for your first job or you are a seasoned professional and you are getting head hunted by an executive recruiter – it is all the same game with slight tweaks.  I look at it like learning the game of basketball.  I started off in 5th/6th grade with my elementary school team, moved on to 7th grade basketball, JV in 8th grade, Varsity for all of High School, and then 4 years at RIT and college basketball. It is all the same game but you get better at it as you go along, this can apply to a employee or a recruiter depending on who you want to be in this scenario.

As a recruiter at career fairs for the newest professionals in the workforce it is a lot of explaining, sharing what M&T is like, what some of the day to day responsibilities look like for positions in the MDP program, talking to different managers about the candidates I saw at the career fair and working directly with HR to make sure we bring in the right candidates for the job.  It is not only about sharing the on-the-job responsibilities but also the cultural aspects: what Buffalo is like, what is like to be young moving to a new city, etc. You have to treat this candidate differently because typically they have never been through this process before and I am responsible for their first perception of the company.

This part is exciting because you are sharing your passion for your career and your job with the students and helping them determine if they would be a fit or not.  You may not always get the candidate but you know that hopefully they have made the best choice for them.  I think this is where my coaching experience comes into play because I want what is best for my players, just like I want new career professionals to enjoy their first job, to find what they are passionate about and not just go for a salary. I will talk more about sharing my experience and the getting to know the candidate in the next post in the series surrounding interviewing, stay tuned!

The Other Side of the Table

new rolesSince completing the MDP program, I have gotten to partake in several things that have put me on the other side of the table and I am sure as I go throughout my career there are a lot of things that will continue to turn the tables. It is exciting and I have come to realize that something that I once thought was so big when I was in the MDP’s shoes just last year – is something not so scary from the other side. I decided this blog would be a three part series surrounding my latest table flippings: Recruiting, Interviewing, and leading an MDP Project.

Since I completed the program in June, it has been an interesting ride and I am doing things I didn’t think I would be doing for at least a few more years, especially when it comes to interviewing and leading an MDP project; however, I think that is the beauty of M&T, the opportunities that are just around the corner will always surprise you.

Things I thought were so nerve racking when I was on the other side of the table seem so small now.  I guess it makes sense, I am now in the place where I hold the cards but honestly, I don’t feel that way because M&T has been so good to me.  I think about it when it comes to all three areas I want to talk about as I am trying to be a mentor, leader, and responsible M&T Employee for ultimately making our next generation (that is so weird to say since right now the people I am interviewing for MDP are only 2 years younger than I am).

So over, the next few weeks I will be posting a weekly post, starting from the beginning with recruiting, then interviewing, and finally leading up to my MDP project.  It is an exciting time in my career and I am excited to share it with you all.