In the staffing world, you hear a lot about crossover skills – skills that are transferable from one job to another. Professionally, it is important to be able to apply those skills to responsibilities that may arise outside of your regular job duties. It allows you to add value and learn new things, while opening opportunities for the future, but I have found that it can also be fun to apply your skills to things completely outside your profession.
I’ve been in IT staffing for over fifteen years, primarily as a recruiter. In the past decade and a half, I’ve honed sourcing skills in a thousand Boolean searches, found creative ways to contact candidates and make introductions. It takes time to become comfortable contacting complete strangers and gaining their trust in the span of a short phone call. Over thousands of phone conversations, you find out what still resonates with most people – the things your grandparents probably taught you: Honesty. Humility. Confidence. Kindness.
As a recruiter, you have a very small window to communicate value to your audience. You must have something to offer them – an intriguing snapshot of their professional future.
During the pandemic, my aunt gave me my grandfather’s photo album from World War II. Being historically minded with a bent toward genealogy, I set about digitizing dozens of photos from his time in Tientsin, China with the First Marine Air Wing at the end of the war. As I scanned photo after photo of my grandfather and his Marine buddies, I wondered who these other guys were and where they ended up. But each photo I scanned was blank on the back, leaving little trace as to the identity of these men.