Christa Mancino joined Procom about a year ago, and has been setting the world on fire ever since. Find out what this former collegiate hoops star loves about working at Procom.
How would you describe your job?
Dull moments are far and few between, its fast paced and competitive and the people make it interesting, both consultants and colleagues.
How did you get into recruiting?
A friend of mine was a recruiter and suggested that it might be a good career fit for me, and he was right. I’m the kind of person who thrives on competition and gets bored without it and I’ve always had “the gift of gab,” if you will. They’re important skills for this job so I applied and interviewed. And then 12 days later I moved my life to the Big Smoke.
What were you doing before Procom?
A year prior to starting at Procom, I had wrapped up my undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University and moved back to my booming hometown of Port Colborne ON, population 19,000. I was taking classes at Niagara College and bartending. I still make a mean Caesar.
What’s the best part of your job?
I enjoy the satisfaction of helping someone find a new job. You never know where that job will take them and its nice to know you had a part in that. Aside from that, I enjoy the competitive nature of the job itself.
What would you tell employers about using a recruiting firm?
Using a recruiting firm can be advantageous to employers, but I would advise them to choose their firm wisely; they should do their research and know what they’re paying for. Choose a firm that has low turnover, thorough training processes and conducts business in a manner focused on quality and transparency. Clients don’t want to to have their time wasted, and a bad hire can cost a company thousands of dollars. They need to ensure the recruiters are doing a quality job on their end, due diligence is key.
What would you tell job seekers?
Become the “go to” candidate. Establish a good rapport and relationship with your recruiters. Choose two or three recruiters who you trust, rather than reaching out to entire departments in various companies. You will be the first person that comes to mind when a job comes up, and they will be loyal to you as a candidate. Additionally, choose recruiters which know your area of expertise exceptionally well; we all tend to be stronger in one area than others. Hopefully this person will have identified you first, but if not, make sure you are working with someone who will be focusing on filling positions in your area.
How would you describe the culture of Procom?
Its open and entertaining, we have an eclectic bunch of personalities. Everyone is friendly and supportive.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I’m a foodie and I love uncovering those diamonds in the rough. To compensate for my weekend food binges, I hit the gym with some of the Procom boys, and every once in a while I like to school fellow recruiter Adam Lewin in a game of hoops or two.
Tell us something about yourself that will surprise us
I’m proud Golden Hawk Alumna and former captain of the women’s varsity basketball team at Wilfrid Laurier. I still hold the record for most blocks in a career, and am third in career rebounds and points.