Recruiting Experiences

Building A Kinder Future; A Day In The Life of An Intern at Recruiting Experiences

If you want to make a difference in your profession, training the next generation who will do it is paramount. We believe that kinder recruiting practices can (and should) be our legacy. So, we started a search for the right interns for the job. After all, interns are literally the future of talent acquisition and should be treated with the respect that this role commands.  

Here is our approach:

 

We Choose the Future with Care  

We select our interns very carefully based, not on grades and majors, but on grit, transferrable skills, empathy, and eagerness to learn. Good people are good in any arena, and good people build good businesses. It’s that simple. 

 

Our interns don’t get coffee; They are immediate, contributing members of our team.  

Our goal is to follow-up each classroom lesson with real-world application and ramp quickly to where interns are indistinguishable from newer members of our team.  

Interns complete our full Talent Acquisition Professionals Certification Program– designed to prepare new recruiters and job changers for the full life cycle of recruiting. Then they function as cohesive recruiting team members—with dedicated mentors– for the entirety of their program. 

 

A Day In the Life of A Recruiting Experiences Intern: 

Wondering what a day in the life of a Recruiting Experiences intern looks like? Nobody can explain it better than those who have been through the program themselves: 

I went from not knowing anything, to sourcing for projects and scheduling screens for one of RecEx’s technical recruiters, to scheduling prescreens for MYSELF– all in such a quick time…  

CEO, Amy Oviedo, is an amazing teacher and trainer and I also had a dedicated mentor, who was always willing to help and never seemed tired of my questions. Every day everyone comes to work happy to be there, and it is such a great thing to be a part of!  

-Jack Baradziej, College Senior 

 

My (time) at Recruiting Experiences has been nothing short of enlightening, motivating, and inspiring.  

One of the many things I love is that they allow their interns to be right in the action. For every hour that we spent (in a classroom) another hour was dedicated to hands-on recruiting, including making mistakes; troubleshooting; and having some awkward conversations. This type of learning is what I looked hard for throughout my internship search.  

The RecEx team continuously motivated me to fail fast, get up, and try again. I am beyond lucky to have been a part of such an amazing team. 

-MacKenzie MacAtee, College Senior 

  

I wrapped up a 23 year career as an elementary teacher and started an internship at Recruiting Experiences.   

Have you ever been terrified and excited to start something new? I was the oldest intern but was welcomed into the group wholeheartedly.   

The permanent employees of RecEX are an energetic, friendly, driven group of recruiting professionals. They lead with kindness to clients and candidates, always doing right by everyone. The tone here is one of hard work, results and fun. What I have learned about the job of recruiting and about myself in the last few weeks has been astounding.   

– Anne Hockersmith, Transitioning Teacher 

  

The pull (of the recruiting bug) is real, and I have felt it in full force: 

You send out the first mass message to potential candidates and you get a few nos, maybes, and then there is “Hi John, I would like to learn more about this opportunity.”   

-Dopamine begins to release! - 

You continue to chat with the candidate; You get their phone number and email; You get them on your calendar; You do the pre-screen…   

But maybe they turn out not to be a good fit… everything comes to a stop.   

It’s a rollercoaster that you continue to repeat until eventually you find the perfect fit… and celebrate and start all over again. 

 

The knowledge that I have gained cannot be replicated in a classroom…the hands-on experience with sourcing, screening, and follow-ups takes it to the next level.   

-John Lam, College Senior

  

When hunting for an internship for the summer, my goal was to find something that would provide me with skills that are important for both work and life. This internship has exceeded those goals for me.  

 I have met an incredible group of people and I have stepped completely out of my comfort zone, while receiving nothing but support. The first day of my internship, everyone made me feel like I was already a part of the team. I had never walked into a room and already felt comfortable with so many strangers. And that’s sort of how my entire experience at RecEx has been. Everyone helps make the uncomfortable moments much more comfortable, which I think is essential for growth and rare in a workplace.  

-Annelise Leffler, College Senior 

 

We are beyond proud of our interns and are looking for more all the time. If you have transferrable skills, grit, and empathy and are interested in our program, reach out to info@recruitingex.com. If you know someone who may be interested, please spread the word.  

Together we can pave the way for a kinder future for recruiting. 

 

How Recruiting Experiences Won Me Over & The Universal Message I Want to Share

I have been doing regular contract work, alongside full-time gigs off and on for the better part of my career. I am an introvert, a bit of a gypsy, and I love to dabble. The freedom fit me. Then I became a mother. Suddenly the necessary flexibility to be there in all the ways I wanted to be for my children made me choose contract work as my full-time. The addition of Covid only cemented my desire to stay at arm’s length for the safety of our new family. But recently, I signed on as a permanent employee to one of my former contractors: Recruiting Experiences. I wanted to share just a few of the reasons. Because attracting employees in the current hiring environment is no joke. And turning this gypsy into a believer is a testament. Here’s what changed my mind:

Walking the Walk

We gravitate towards blogs and social media posts that emulate our personal values and beliefs. My first impressions of Recruiting Experiences blog and the CEO, Amy’s, Linkedin posts did just that. They told a story of kindness, empathy, and people-first hiring practices. Taking the time to craft and put the right message out in the world is something I value highly. I’m a writer. Words matter to me. But actions matter more. I have had gigs where my communications role involves clean-up and smoke screens for behavior that doesn’t match the message. My work with RecEx has never been that. Here, my copy and strategy has consistently been about communicating the good that is already happening, regardless of whether anyone is watching. I get to be the broadcaster of great work that others are too humble to share. That is a role I want to fill, over and over again.

Extending The Invitation

When the RecEx team had a team event, I got an invitation. I was invited to group development, planning meetings, and celebrations. Seems pretty simple, right? It’s actually fairly uncommon, as a contractor. I was made to feel welcome but never guilted when I was unable to attend. As a result, I saw the inner workings, felt the culture, and knew the goals. It allowed me a holistic view that contractors, and even employees are often denied. It made me better at my job. It built loyalty. Joining this team felt empowering, rather than constricting.

Embracing What Matters

Professionalism has always been a top priority for me. Representing the brands of others, as a contractor, has only increased this focus. But (spoiler alert) I am a human and a mother. In the time of Covid, baby sniffles can shut down daycares and turn kids into pariahs. Painstakingly perfected childcare coverage regularly evaporates into a “roll with it” scenario. Zoom meetings suddenly become anxiety inducing juggling acts. I clearly remember one internal team meeting at RecEx when my kids were unexpectedly home and unabashedly PRESENT. Not only were the joyously loud sounds of nursery songs and toddler wrestling recognized and embraced, but I was also asked if I could share a few screen shots of my OTHER kids: the two lounging potbellied pigs in my kitchen. My life was messy that day. I could have ended that call feeling frazzled or embarrassed. I could have felt less-than, as a parent, and a professional. Instead, I felt valued, appreciated, and closer to the team. MY team. This Stuff MATTERS.

So what is the takeaway? In the simplest terms, think people-first. Be a human before a boss and allow your team to be humans before employees and people will WANT to work for you.

In no way is this an exhaustive list. No company is perfect, but I go into this working relationship with confidence that my imperfect and theirs will mesh. We will make each other better. I won’t be giving up what is important, I will be growing in my pursuit of it. Want to hear more? I’m always happy to share. Message me!