Earlier this year I was asked to join The Forum For In-House Recruiting Managers (FIRM) judging panel for their upcoming FIRM Awards. This event will recognize the best recruiting teams around the world in a variety of categories. I’m really looking forward to taking a closer look at these best practices, and will share some of the things I’m learning on this site later in the year.
I recently participated in a Q&A with The FIRM’s founder, Gary Franklin (@garyfranklin), where we discussed a wide range of topics covering recruiting, social media, technology, career growth, early adoption, conference speaking, taking risks, and hosting talk shows. You can check it out below.
How would you describe yourself (professionally or otherwise)?
I’m an optimist who doesn’t take himself too seriously and looks for the good in things. I’m an admitted tech/digital geek; curious about social media and new technologies. I enjoy travel and sports. I drink too much coffee. I’m drawn to interesting people and regularly seek out laughter.
How did you get into recruitment and why?
It was by accident, really. I was a Marketing and International Business major in college and always assumed I’d get into advertising. I grew up in Florida and knew I wanted to move to Los Angeles after graduation. There was only one company at our college career fair with an office in LA so I figured I’d interview with them. The company, Pencom Systems, was a technical recruiting agency. I knew nothing about recruiting at the time, but that meeting led to a series of interviews and ultimately an offer. I was the first in my class to make a hire and have been hooked ever since. Continue Reading…