In previous weeks, we have heard the stories of professionals who successfully entered into the world of recruiting from seemingly unconnected careers – from Michelle DesChenes, who worked for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, to Emily, a former retail manager at L.L. Bean. This week, we’re delving into Ethan’s story:
“Before coming to KNF&T, I was a shop manager at Hugo Boss and I also worked in a non-profit. Part of my responsibilities in the non-profit included recruiting, but I had never thought of a job in recruiting alone; it never once crossed my mind. I didn’t think about it as a possible career change until I had an interview here at KNF&T for a job with another company. I was then asked if I would like to work at KNF&T internally. In the interview, we delved into my prior responsibilities of recruiting at the non-profit as well as staffing my own stores at Huge Boss.
My background was a great fit for the open internal staffing consultant role that I ended up accepting the job offer. I now work in KNF&T’s temporary staffing division where there is a large sense of urgency, which I had a lot of experience in previously. Working for Hugo Boss, I needed the sales as soon as possible and with my non-profit, it seemed like everything had to be done a year ago – the sense of urgency was crazy. This definitely helped me transition between careers and I’m glad I made the choice to pursue recruiting. It’s nice having a set schedule every day and I love how I am able to continuously meet new people. The other perk of being a recruiter is that I feel like I work in so many different industries now as opposed to recruiting only for retail or a non-profit – I’m now recruiting for hospitals, wealth management firms, law firms, etc.
If anyone is seeking a career change, recruiting is a great choice because you can come from any background and do it successfully. It’s really about your willingness to learn. If you’re eager to learn, hardworking, and willing to accept feedback, then you’re going to have a good career. It’s not based on what you learned in school, but rather based on soft skills that you can build upon. If you choose recruiting, you’ll have a rewarding career where you can see results and feel good about the placements you make – I highly recommend it.”
Next week in part four of this series, we’ll see how our staffing consultant Danielle went from being a speech therapist to finding a love for recruiting.
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