Recruiter Secrets: Sharon Reid - Hasbro

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My name is Sharon and I am a Sourcer. Many jokingly refer to me as a sorcerer; and being that a part of my responsibility is to find jobseekers using “wizardry” sourcing skills to promote career opportunities, makes the title Sorcerer quite fitting!

About five years ago, I knew that one day I would want to become a career coach to help jobseekers explore potential careers and land in their dream roles. Thus, I entered the recruitment field to gain an insider’s perspective so that in the future I could be more credible when I provided tips and tricks to individuals exploring careers. I’ve been fortunate enough to join one of the largest toy & entertainment companies in the world to recruit for model makers, product developers, game designers, engineers, brand marketing professionals, and more!

Recruiter Secrets:

For all you jobseekers out there that ever feel discourage or that the job search process is taking way longer than you expected, please do not despair. Two things job seekers do to stand out among applicants during the job search are: showcase their passion for the work they do and demonstrate how their experience can help solve a company’s pain point.

Showcase Passion:

Many individuals have passions that someone else might not have the same passion for, and that is okay. When you can speak to an employer about what you do and why you love to do it, there is an aura that radiates throughout you and can be felt from the person sitting across from you, or even on the phone with you. Imagine being a part of a team where there will be days when things get tough, a person with passion can remind the team why they do the work in the first place and this in turn can bring up morale. Wouldn’t you want someone on your team like that? I know I would!? Bloom where you are planted.

Speaking to a Company’s Pain Point

  • When a company has an opening for a role, it’s because they have a “business pain” that they need help fixing----“Business Pain” coined wonderfully by Liz Ryan. When a candidate can show a company how they can potentially contribute to help solve the hiring manager’s business pain, it’s a big differentiator.
  • Understand the requirements from the job description to get a small sense of what the pain point might be
  • See how your experience could potentially help fix that pain
  • Think of concrete examples of how you were able to fix something similar in other roles you’ve held

Take for example:

  • Candidate goes into an interview for a role that is focused on identifying and attracting veterinarians to join the hospital.
  • Before the interview (keeping in mind the job description), the candidate goes online to look at the veterinarian market for small animal because this hospital only works with small animals.
  • Candidate identified there was a huge demand for veterinarians but not enough veterinarians in the field.
    • Pain point: A huge demand for veterinarians but not enough veterinarians in the field
    • Candidate takes it upon himself/herself to find out where the veterinarians are, what type of organizations out there for veterinarians
  • During the interview, the interviewer expresses the reason they have a need for this role is because their team is finding it extremely hard to find veterinarians
    • Pain point: Hard to find veterinarians
  • Not only was the candidate able to discuss to the interviewer his/her findings through research and provide a source to find veterinarians, but was able to describe a similar situation in prior company where he/she was tasked with working with a niche skill and how he/she went about being innovative in using out of the box sources to find those people with that skillset

Think about the requirements from the job description to get a small sense of what the pain point might be, see how your experience could potentially help fix that pain, and think of concrete examples of how you were able to fix something similar in other roles you’ve held.

Sharon's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shar87/

Mary Blalock