Jenna Craig, a recruiter with Procom’s Ottawa office started in the industry after going to see a recruiter as a job seeker, and spends her spare time wearing a giant championship belt. Seriously.
1) How would you describe your job?
I would say ever changing. Basically every day is different. As a recruiter we talk to so many potential candidates with varying backgrounds. When people ask me what I do for a living, I always find myself going into an in-depth explanation about my day to day activities, with them always responding with “Oh, you’re a head hunter!”
2) How did you get into recruiting?
I actually kind of stumbled upon it. After college, I went back to my summer job in Carleton Place, Ontario, and was referred to an agency by my sister, as a job seeker. When I went for my initial interview with one of the recruiters there, I was a little overwhelmed because I didn’t even know that this type of industry existed.
That agency ended up hiring me as an executive assistant where I eventually moved into a recruiting role.
3) What drew you to it?
Initially, I liked the busy atmosphere and teamwork that it entails. I like that it’s different every day and I get to speak with people from all different walks of life.
4) What did you do before?
Prior to recruiting, I worked in electronic assembly which actually helped me a great deal at my previous agency as we staffed quite of few of these types of positions.
5) What’s the best part of your job?
Although I have been a recruiter for four years now, I still get really excited when one of my candidates gets the contract. You could ask just about anyone in my office, you would actually think it’s my first placement every time. I usually have to make a conscious effort to tone it down. There’s something so rewarding about assisting someone not only to find a great opportunity, but one that is an overall perfect fit.
6) What would you tell employers about using a recruiting firm?
I honestly don’t know why employers wouldn’t use a recruiting firm. We’re specifically focused on finding them the best possible talent for their business needs. I think one of the main things employers should know is that in order to do so, we need all the information from the required skill set to if they do team building events, such as coffee every Friday morning. Although small in the grand scheme of things, it’s these little details that we can relay to candidates to really sell the position as well as the company.
7) What would you tell job seekers?
I would tell job seekers to keep their resumes up to date and send them over when a project is completed. Especially here in Ottawa, where we deal with many competitive Government contract opportunities, it is important that we have the most up to date resumes so we can reach out accordingly.
8) How would you describe the culture of Procom?
As a whole, I’d say everyone at Procom is extremely friendly and helpful. Our branch here in Ottawa is pretty tight knit. Upbeat and hardworking are the first words that come to my mind.
9) What do you do when you’re not at work?
I recently won our first Recruiter of the Quarter competition here in Ottawa. As part of the prize, I received the “National Capital Recruiter Smackdown Champion” wrestling belt, which I wear in my spare time.