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 others earn theirs.
Today’s spotlight is on Jenn Bohdel, a mother of two and 12-year veteran at Adecco. She has worked as an office assistant, certified staffing consultant, senior recruiter and client program manager. Her focus is helping people find jobs in customer service, clerical and administrative, warehousing and manufacturing. Now an Adecco Mentor, Jenn started with Adecco as one of our associates on a one-week assignment, and the rest is history.
Q: How did you become a recruiter at Adecco?
Jenn: After my previous employer relocated, I was left without a job. My boyfriend had recently gotten a job through Adecco and suggested I contact a recruiter here to find a job quickly. After visiting my local office, I had an assignment the very next day! That one-week assignment turned into a 4-month assignment, and when it ended Adecco had another position for me as an in-house associate. After just two months, I was hired as a full-time employee at Adecco.
Q: What is one of your best memories at Adecco?
Jenn: A few years ago I placed an associate on assignment with one of our largest clients. She was very grateful for the opportunity, and took much of our coaching to heart. Doing very well on her assignment, she was hired as a full-time employee after less than a year.
Her employer is still a client of ours, so I often get to see her. She’s now on their training team and is very happy. We often chat while I’m at her office and she still thanks me for placing her there. Getting a chance to see the long-term difference you’ve made in someone’s career is one of the best experiences as a recruiter.
Q: What’s the best advice you can share with a job seeker starting his or her career?
Jenn: Treat your career search as a career. Be willing to learn, ask questions and – most importantly – be present.
Q: Aside from placing people on work assignments, how do you help people professionally?
Jenn: My colleagues and I often provide career advice. We help with resumes and coach associates on how to best interview.
Q: What skills do you need to be successful as a recruiter?
Jenn: Recruiters do best when they’re focused on helping their associates and clients, not themselves. They also need to be honest. It’s, of course, difficult sometimes to have honest, hard conversations with an associate or client, but in the end, it helps your relationship grow.