Welcome to Recruiter Spotlight, where each month CareerBuilder recognizes recruiters who set themselves apart by going above and beyond to advance the field. Meet our featured professional this month: Malorie Young, senior IT recruiter at Principle Solutions Group, a staffing and consulting firm. Her genuine care, concern and compassion for candidates allows her to go beyond the resume and dig deeper to understand what they’re looking for in a career and then work to find the right fit.
What makes you a unique recruiter among others with similar skills?
I believe what separates me from other individuals who work in the staffing industry is the fact that I’m fortunate to be surrounded by some of the sharpest mentors and colleagues throughout my career. I benefit from my peers and learn new things every day. Also, my bosses have shown they believe in my abilities and have provided me with the tools and resources to be successful.
How do you demonstrate passion for your work or your profession?
I care. I know that sounds very simple, but I truly care about finding my candidates their dream job. I make it a point to dig deep and understand the candidates I work with, not only based on their skill set or resume but from a personality- and cultural fit-perspective. If you think about it, your career takes up about 70 percent of your time, so it’s important that you love it.
What are you doing to empower employment?
I am a huge advocate of seeking out entry-level candidates — especially developers — and helping them search for their first job. I remember being cut loose into the real world, and it wasn’t easy. I coach recent graduates on how to write a resume, interview, deal with rejection and understand what their strengths are as well as what they enjoy doing. Also, I coach them on how to use LinkedIn, GitHub, CareerBuilder and network as much as possible.
Tell a story about a unique or special placement you made.
During the 2013 holiday season I was working with a user experience designer whose mother passed away a few weeks after the holidays. The individual had been laid off a few months prior and had been actively looking for a new position. Her mother knew that this was a huge burden and how stressful being laid off was because my candidate was a single mother with three young boys. I helped her get a job in the middle of January, and shortly after she accepted the offer her mother passed away. This was a very emotional placement for me. I felt terrible about her loss and insisted she take time to deal with it. My candidate was set to start a week after her mother passed, and she insisted that she was ready because she was grateful that her mother was alive to learn that she had landed a job. This was a bittersweet placement due to the unfortunate circumstances, but I felt I made an impact in someone’s life, which is why I love my job.
How do you use CareerBuilder in your recruiting strategy?
I use CareerBuilder on a daily basis. I have multiple saved searches set up that I check first thing every morning. This enables me to get ahead of the competition because I have a list of recent candidates along with their resumes in my inbox first thing in the morning. Also, I post multiple jobs ads and have had great success with the quality of applicants I receive via those ads. CareerBuilder is a great tool and is my favorite job board because I want to find the best candidates.
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