Summer Motto: Jump In!

A Recruiter's Perspective

Man diving into a pool
Summer Motto: Jump In!

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Talent Acquisition Group at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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I have always been the sort of person who took forever to get into the water. Ocean, lake or pool – you could count on it taking me 15 minutes to inch my way in. Ankles, knees, well, you get my drift.

I don’t know what happened but last week at a friend’s house, I walked up to the edge of the pool and jumped in. And not the shallow end, the deep end. Everyone gasped and came to check on me. They thought I had tripped and fallen. No way would I do that on purpose.

But I did. And everything was fine. I tried it again later and it was still fine. This week I ran into a situation that seemed unfair and I went to talk about it right away. Not three days later which is my usual MO. And do you know what? It was fixed right away. And I was fine.

I have talked with three candidates this week who started the conversation with “I don’t usually take these calls but……” And we proceeded to have great conversations about their careers and what they might like to change. They ended with “This has been great. Thanks so much for calling”. And it was fine.

Maybe it’s the moon or maybe we are all just ready to stop over thinking everything. You don’t have to feel guilty about talking to a recruiter when you have a great job. It’s not an affair. It’s just a conversation.

I don’t know what it is, but it bodes well for a very exciting September. Who knows what cool things will happen then when we say yes now?

All I know is that it will be fine.

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