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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.


It’s no secret that the future of the workforce rests in their hands. In fact, Millennials will comprise more than one in three adult Americans by 2020, with Forbes stating they will make up 75 per cent of the global workplace by 2025. There is no wonder why companies are feeling the pressure to evolve to include more flexible, transparent, and diverse cultures as more of these “digital natives” accept employment offers.

Following a big-city month in hectic Kuala Lumpur (revisit my first Remote Year installment here), my fellow remotes and I enjoyed a relaxing month living the island life in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Koh Phangan is recognized world-wide as a party island and best known for the infamous “Full Moon Party” which draws crowds by the thousands each month. However, it equally offers a calming and spiritual energy which draws in those seeking healthy living, spirituality, healing and self reflection. Many locals and expats attribute this to the claim that the island sits on an ancient bed of crystal (rose quartz).

The Recruiting Tackle Box


I like to go fishing. Yes, I enjoy going outside and catching fish with a rod and reel. "I thought this was a blog about recruiting," you are probably now asking yourself. Hold on, we will get there. The truth is, I spend more of my time fishing than I do catching. The same way I spend more of my time sourcing than I do hiring. That is the reality of it. Any angler will tell you that fishing is not easy (an honest angler will, at least). Believe it or not, fishing is an interesting hobby. It is a hobby that will take you places, show you things and above all teach you things. I have and continue to learn many of life’s lesson from my time spent fishing, and over the years it has become one of my passions.

One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite bands (The Samples) is stuck in my head as I reflect on a new executive search that my team and I are about to kick off. The search discovery meetings are beginning tomorrow morning and I didn't get my usual 5 hours of sleep because I was pumped up and ready to begin the hunting process. We will be seeking another purple squirrel,* a security executive from a great company in the Valley or beyond. It is what consumes me and drives me. We look for every avenue to locate and build relationships with the very best and most rare executive technical talent. The excitement is tethered by other feelings of concern about how prepared the client will be and how the candidates will perceive the search. I know that the client is closing in on their calibrating but not there and the candidate pool is already looking far ahead in their career progression while contemplating their objections before we make first contact. This excitement and conflict is normal; I have had these feelings many times before. After all, it is the job that I love. But as I mature (depending on who you ask) and begin reflecting on life's lessons in this business I find myself often asking; “are we really progressing and learning from past lessons and mistakes, or are we just repeating the same themes and forgetting just enough to make things sound new and fresh?". Are we a 'traveling mass with a memory loss'? What does history say about that?

San Francisco resident Travis Bryant (Global VP Sales) was in Sydney this month to launch Optimizely into the Australian market.

Travis and I caught up over lunch with Tony Ward (SurveyMonkey MD Australia), Warren Billington (MD Signal), Alistair Venn (MD Menulog), Balder Tol (Director of Community WeWork), Daniel Karlsson (MD Impact Radius), Troy Martin (Director, APAC Sales Instructure) and Graham Jackson (CEO Fluent Retail). The aim of the get together was for Travis to chat with and gather insights from experienced local MDs and Country Managers who have been there before: launching an international tech company into the Australian market.