by Robert Oriti
After nearly two years as a technical recruiter with KellyMitchell, we’re happy to announce that Sarah Bougie has just taken on the role of Business Development Manager at our Minneapolis branch. We decided to tap into Sarah’s knowledge, expertise, and insights into the IT recruiting industry:
What attracted you to a career as a technical recruiter?
Technical Recruiting offers a great opportunity to connect with talented people while also helping them make contributions to some of the biggest companies in the world. I love that I get to work with so many people on a daily basis. I think the opportunity to network and help people in my own community was the most attractive aspect of becoming a recruiter.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is that I get to learn something new and do something different every day. Each day, I am meeting new people, learning new things about the IT world, and overcoming new challenges to meet the needs of our consultants and clients.
What’s the most difficult or most interesting interview question you ask and why do you ask it?
The most difficult question I think I ask is: What is your motivation in the workforce? I’ve learned that this question can separate consultants looking for the right position that they can contribute to and learn from – and the job seekers whom are just interested in a paycheck.
What is the strangest thing you have ever seen/heard on a resume or in an interview?
One time, I was working with a consultant that was a part-time ghost hunter in his free time. His resume detailed out all of his activities and skills as a supernatural enthusiast.
If you had to give only 1 piece of advice to someone looking for a job, what would it be?
Don’t give up. It’s not easy to land the right position, it takes persistence and dedication. But if you don’t give up, you will find it.
What recruiting trends have you seen evolve since you first started?
I’ve definitely seen more people connect outside of traditional methods since I started. Whether it’s referrals, new technical user groups, or social networking tools – job seekers don’t rely on job boards or traditional postings anymore.
How do you use social media as a tool to attract talented IT professionals?
I am consistently building my online network on LinkedIn. I seek out professionals that hold similar positions to the ones I recruit and post new ideas and opportunities frequently in order to stay connected.
What skills are hot right now? What are employers consistently looking for in candidates?
I think the traditional skill-sets are always going to be the most crucial. No matter what your expertise is, companies are looking for hard-working, responsible professionals that can be great communicators and contributors to their teams and goals.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never settle. I have been able to apply this to every aspect of my life. No matter how easy or attractive it can look to stay stagnant or settle for what you have – it is so much more rewarding to achieve what you actually want and deserve.
Thank for the great interview, Sarah!