At Adecco we are only as good as our recruiters, and we know it. Our recruiters are our front line, the people who work day in and day out to place our associates in great-fitting roles at our clients’ offices. That’s why we’ve decided to spotlight our all-star recruiters – to recognize their hard work and celebrate that they earn their living by helping other people earn theirs.
Today’s spotlight is on Jaymie Kerr. A serial volunteer (most recently with Code.org for Hour of Code), Jaymie is a self-proclaimed geek who loves World of Warcraft and Star Wars. When not recruiting, you’ll find her gaming on her PC or creating handmade greeting cards. She recruits for technical support, application and software development, and gaming in Austin, Texas.
Q: What drew you to work as recruiter at Adecco?
A: I started as a recruiter in the health care industry, so it was only natural for me to mix my recruiting experience with my love of technology. I love spending my days talking to talented geeks all day – figuring out what their dream job is and helping make it a reality.
Q: What is one of your best memories at Adecco?
A: I worked with a candidate who was about to retire from a long military career and would need a civilian position in the next six months. Normally six months would be a hard timeframe for me to work with, but his passion for his industry in networking and his passion for his history in the military inspired me to do all that I could for him.
A few months later, I got a direct-hire opening I knew would be perfect for him. I called him immediately and got his interview lined up with the company the next day. They saw the same passion in him that I did and agreed to wait four months for him to start. At this point he’s been there a year, and we still hear praises from his supervisors. They say he’s a rock star!
Q: Aside from placing people on work assignments, how do you help people professionally?
A: We don’t just fill jobs. We speak to candidates every day whom we don’t have immediate openings for. But we’re career coaches – we help get candidates on the right track with resume help and interview prep. We’ll even refer them to other recruiters or managers who may be able to offer more assistance than we can.
We also help introduce people to computer science at a young age. This year is our second year spending a day at a local elementary school that caters to low-income and deaf students in our community. During Computer Science Education Week, we help them learn the basics of coding. It’s important to us that we give back to our community.
Q: What’s the best advice you can share with a job seeker starting his or her career?
A: Be humble. If you want to land a role at your dream company, doing your dream job, be willing to put in the work and learn. Austin in particular is full of talented techies, so you have to stand out. Extracurricular activities like volunteering in the field can go a long way. And don’t be afraid to work with recruiters – we don’t bite!
Q: What else would you like to share with job seekers?
A: If you’ll be in the Austin area in March, come see us at SXSW! We’ll be at the Interactive Job Market. We’re excited to get out there and meet candidates in our community to hear their stories and see how we can help change their lives for the better.
Q: What do you love most about working as an Adecco recruiter?
A: We change lives. From helping an entry-level candidate to a senior, lead or director-level candidate, we help dreams come true. When you get butterflies for a job seeker who gets an offer, you know you love what you do, and I love being a tech recruiter. The industry is always changing, so this job is never boring. It always keeps me on my toes.
Q: How do your colleagues make a difference in your experience at Adecco?
A: I am lucky – I have the best colleagues I could ask for. Everyone loves what they do and works their tails off. I have grown into the recruiter I am today because of my direct manager and my recruiting manager. When you think about it, you spend more time with colleagues than anyone else, so it’s important to enjoy them. That’s definitely a plus at Adecco. We get constant support from our colleagues and management.
Q: What skills do you need to be successful as a recruiter?
A: You have to care about your candidates’ lives. Put them first and tell them what is and isn’t a good move for them. You must be their career advocate, know your market and be able to give the best advice possible. In short, do your research and do what’s best by the candidate.