Passion and Purpose: Why Loving Your Job Matters

At C3Talent, we believe that the key to success and fulfillment in recruitment is loving what you do. Our Director, Kelly Howard, has spent nearly three decades connecting people, understanding their stories, and making a positive impact on their lives.

“There are many reasons why I do what I do and why I have worked in recruitment for nearly three decades, but one of the main reasons is because I get a lot of joy out of connecting people.

As a recruiter, you have the privilege of meeting hundreds of new people every year, hearing their unique stories, what motivates them to get out of bed and start their day and why they do what they do. An important part of my role is connecting people with new people, with likeminded people, with new leaders, new teams, new organizations and new challenges.

Hopefully, for the most connecting people makes positive change for the better.   Recruitment is far more than matching skills to position descriptions or fitting personality types to certain organizational cultures. It is about taking time to understand each person’s interests, motivators,  career aspiration, personal goals and providing opportunities and choices for them to explore. When someone says to me that they have just joined a great business or love their new manager or have built a great team, that is when I know I have been successful.

Recruitment also isn’t a transaction, it’s about building lasting relationships and connections, in fact some of my closest friends I have met through work. Meeting new people, listening, asking the right questions, empathising,  providing guidance, offering solutions and making introductions, this creates powerful connections and long-lasting friendships that extend way beyond job placements.  Other reasons that I do what they do, is because I get an opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives. For every person that you successfully place in a role, there is a ripple effect, that affects not only that one persons’ life, but also their family, colleagues and others.

We can make a positive contribution to their happiness, personal and professional growth, financial stability, and overall well-being, in a really good way. However, we also must remember that for every successful person placed in a role, there are far more unsuccessful candidates whose lives are impacted. Remembering to treat these candidates respectfully, having honest conversations and offering feedback and insights and coaching for next time, is a very important part of the recruitment process. This is a big challenge for all recruiters, we don’t do it nearly as well as we should, but being mindful of this same ripple effect ( most likely negative) is important.

Good recruiters don’t just place people in roles, they consult, advise, find solutions and alternatives and can play pivotal role in shaping an organization’s future. Good recruiters have the skills based on many years of honing your SME knowledge to be a Trusted Advisor to businesses, can help scope innovative teams, build new skill sets, identify top talent, foster diversity, build talent pipelines and make informed recommendations that align with business goals that can directly impacts an organization’s success.

You are NOT JUST A JOB FILLER,  you assist in building talented teams that drive innovation and allow sustained business growth.  The world of recruitment is constantly changing and innovating and we must build new tech stacks, adopt new AI,CRM’s, use predictive analytics, automation, assessment tools and other to adapt to the constantly changing workforce dynamics.  Good recruiters are change agents, we champion change, diversity, equity, inclusion and help create positive workplace cultures.

Finally, being a recruiter is not just a job, it is a profession for many who see their role as creating positive change for others. So, please embrace it with passion, empathy, and be 100% committed to making a difference in the lives of others as every interaction, every conversation, every meeting is an opportunity to shape lives and drive positive change.”

By Kelly Howard

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