Every couple of weeks, I thought it might be nice to dig a little deeper into the mindset of one of our HR colleagues. This month, it’s recruiting maven Lauren DiChiacchio.
1. So, you’re going to give advice to 22-year old Lauren about a successful career in Staffing; what do you tell her?
“Networking is extremely important to be a successful recruiter. This industry is all about who you know. The more people you know, the more potential candidates you have access to. Someone you know may not be looking to make a career change; however, they may be able to connect you with the right person. Networking is key.”
2. Looking at the future of recruiting, what keeps you up at night?
“When I was a graduate looking for a position after college, I didn’t have to worry about social media exposing my personal life for anyone to see. Silly college decisions were left in the past not posted on the world wide web for anyone to pull back up years later. Now, the space between professional and personal life has grayed. People do not apply the right privacy settings on their social media accounts allowing them to be accessible to anyone.”
“This lack of a “filter” will have a negative impact on the candidacy pool as it opens them up to public judgement (whether right or wrong) by simply googling their name.”
“If you are going to invest in your public profile, candidates should focus on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. LinkedIn allows people to connect with each other on a strictly professional level and can get a candidate’s name out there whether they are actively, passively or not looking for a job. It can highlight their specialties, skills, and experience.”
3. If LinkedIn had the ability to play a theme song whenever someone viewed your profile, what song would we hear when accessing yours?
That is a good question. Being that I am born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I would have to say the theme song to Rocky “Eye of the Tiger”. This is twofold – first, it is the opening song to the Eagles games (E-A-G-L-E-S!!!!) and second, is because it exemplifies the idea of never giving up. Plus, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love this song?!
4. What’s the story with that St. Joseph’s Hawk – why the flapping?
“Obviously I am very biased but I think the St. Joe’s Hawk is the best mascot out there. The tradition is that the Hawk must flap its wings throughout an entire basketball game, never stopping (even during halftime) until after the game is over. This compliments our motto, “The Hawk Will Never Die”.
If someone wants to connect with you, where do they find you?