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Regardless of our age, we’ve all been exposed to a James Bond. Whether it was Daniel Craig, Sean Connery or my personal favorite Pierce Brosnan (yes there are plenty of others, but these are my top 3) we all know they each carry a certain swagger, as well as an ability to fully immerse themselves in the character they're playing in their respective mission (IF they chose to accept it!).

In my first piece I spoke about my introduction to recruiting and my role as a sourcer. I’ve experienced some new and exciting things since then and wanted to give you all a quick update. Now, as a follow-up from 'Life of a Sourcer, Part 1', I was given the opportunity to act as the interim recruiter while my colleague was away on her honeymoon (congrats AS!). This was for a client who I was actually sourcing for back when our contract first started, so luckily I already had a relationship with the team. I was excited to switch it up from my usual task of sourcing and gain some more experience working the full cycle. I’ve shadowed the team numerous times before so I felt pretty comfortable taking it on, but this time it would be a little different knowing I was on my own. I was brought in to keep the process running smoothly, and even though I’d only be there a short amount of time, I wanted to get as many candidates as possible through the funnel. Luckily my colleague (who was the consultant beforehand) made the transition pretty seamless, leaving me in a good spot to do so.

Finding a new job can be a nerve-wracking and lengthy process. There is dating and swooning happening from both sides of the table. Candidates do their best to make a great impression and showcase their skills and expertise. Companies want candidates to believe that their company is the best place on earth to work (maybe it is), and that they have created a happy and humble environment. There is an underlying fear of rejection exhibited from candidates and companies alike. We all know how it feels to build your hopes up so high, only to have them come crashing down right in front of you. The decision to leave your old job, enter into the dating world, and hopefully settle down, doesn’t have to be a scary one.

Roller coasters for “fun”? No, thank you. For those of you who know me, I am not one to rush into line for a roller coaster. Don’t get me wrong, rides (think Indiana Jones at Disneyland) are a blast, roller coasters (think Tower of Terror at California Adventure), not so much. The feeling of having your life in the hands of some 16-year-old kid on summer vacation and having complete faith in some metal and bolts holding the entire structure together is unsettling. Roller coaster rides are similar to the ups and downs that we recruiters are all too familiar with in many ways. We have all dealt with the anticipation of finding the perfect candidate and working with them throughout the entire process, and dealing with the anticipation to help them over the finish line.

Here at the MitchelLake Group we work with a lot of hi-tech startups. We love helping innovative people bring great ideas to life by matching them with other intelligent, innovative people. It’s just what we do.

In the course of working with a great many startups over the years, we have seen the full gamut of approaches to hiring from the good to the bad to the downright ugly. So much so that we could probably publish a list of the top 47 things people do wrong (or right for that matter) when hiring. But since you’re not going to read through a list of 47, I thought I’d highlight a much shorter list of the major mistakes we see startup hiring managers making time and time again. So here are the 4.5 mistakes that many hiring managers are making. Chances are you are doing or have done at least one of these.

I first heard about the ‘Best In First Out’ philosophy while researching a presentation I recently conducted on sourcing. I found the concept interesting and thought it could benefit my peers, but as it was a little off topic so I decided it didn’t quite fit my presentation. I now have this platform to discuss my findings and thoughts on the concept

Where did the year just go?

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Reflections on 2013 for the MitchelLake Group.

The MitchelLake Christmas staff party is one of those reflections points for me every year. It's a moment in time where I am able to look back on the last 12 months since we last celebrated the end of the year and take stock of the highlights and lowlights for our business this year. We had our annual staff and partners gathering on Friday so I thought it would be worth throwing a few of my thoughts from 2013 out there.

We had our ups and downs like any business but without doubt, the Chinese year of the snake has been another one marked by growth, change and opportunity. Here are some of the highlights. (According to me of course)