It’s a great time to be in IT. Unemployment is low, jobs are being created every day and as a result, you’re probably hearing from multiple IT recruiters a week. But how do you know when you’ve found good recruiters versus the ones that you feel aren’t putting your best interests first?
Competition is everywhere in the business world and in many cases, companies use several venders in order to get results in a timely manner. After all, time is money and the race to receive and fill orders is fierce. People striving to be the best; striving to close the deal; and striving to appease their superiors. Ultimately, success is what companies want. It’s what they need and it’s what they desire.
Tough competition can lead to renewed frustration, but it’s this frustration which makes winning so much better. Without competition, success wouldn’t be as appreciated. Without competition, failure wouldn’t be realized. Competition is what makes people better. Competition is what helps us learn. And competition is what makes companies great.
Last week Synergis enjoyed an afternoon off to celebrate hitting our numbers during the month of April. It was a tough number to hit. One that presented extra effort across the board. Employees across the office put in extra time in order to win a much needed afternoon away from the office and the goal was reached well before the deadline. Co-workers saw results, and more importantly, supervisors took notice. Numbers were up, and so was morale. The competition was tougher than ever, but hard work paved the way for success.
The day to celebrate all our hard work finally came. As we listened to our drivers instructions, a competitive sense that was always spread throughout the office seemed to make it to the track. No longer were our sights set on beating competition outside the office. The competitive nature had made its way amongst fellow employees. This race wasn’t about working as a team to beat out our competitors, rather than a race amongst friends alike. A winner takes all scenario. The competitive drive that makes Synergis great was harnessed between track and tire. Not between friend and foe, rather between office and cube, recruiter and AE, and worker & manager. The green flag was upon us, and for 12 meaningful laps, the team that made up Synergis, was divided.
I clearly remember signing up for my first college classes the summer after my senior year of high school. It was hot, very hot, and Auburn University’s College of Agriculture’s air conditioner didn’t seem to be working. I felt panicked and stressed thinking about starting my first college semester and the difficult work load ahead of me. Fast forward four years and I’m sitting in Auburn University’s College of Business signing up for my last college classes ever. As it turns out I switched from Veterinary Science - Microbiology just wasn’t for me. I remember the last time I signed up for classes because it was such a stark contrast to the very first time. Now it was January and cold and rainy outside. The panic and stress I felt wasn’t about the work load or classes I was going to take, it was about the big question: What do I want to be when I grow up?
I was first introduced to recruiting as a profession when some of my friends graduated and became recruiters. I was interested in this occupation because I felt that I was able to utilize my greatest strengths. I’ve always been a friendly individual, the type who has never met a person I didn’t know. I was excited about calling strangers and finding out about their interests and what type of opportunities they might be looking for. I’ve always been a very persistent person; I don’t give up- I just don’t, so I was excited about the challenge. Lastly, I was excited to be helping people find jobs. News of high unemployment rates can be so depressing, and I wanted to have a hand in proactively changing them.