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Recruiter Tales - Jonathan McIntosh
Bonus Episode21st March 2024 • The Talent Trade • Southwestern Family of Podcasts
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In this edition of Recruiter Tales, ThinkingAhead Partner and Recruiter Jonathan McIntosh shares what he loves about working in search, and how for the right person, it's easy to hit the ground running.

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I love search because it allows me to help organizations and help people.

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When I think about somebody that's right for search, they have a lot of passion to help people.

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I've got a lot of passion to connect with people.

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Maybe it's someone that they found that they're naturally good at connecting with strangers.

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Maybe with somebody when they were a kid thought if I had a job where I could just talk on the phone all day long, I would be happy.

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I also think search is significant as an occupation if you desire a high income potential without having to do a lot of postgraduate degree work.

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It allows someone to step in and pick up and learn the basics pretty quickly.

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Thinking ahead has allowed me to grow as a search professional.

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Because of the sense of camaraderie encouragement amongst the staff, there's a fun culture that has a healthy sense of competition.

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It's not negative.

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We encourage one another.

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There's great training provided, especially for first year recruiters.

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And then truthfully, my manager is one of the best managers I've ever had in my life.

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We all want to help each other succeed.

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I think we make an impact in two very distinct ways, especially nonprofit search.

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First of all, we are positively impacting mission driven organizations that are helping make the world a better place.

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Like we are bringing them the highest caliber talent so that they are better able to accomplish their missions.

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And when I look at the organizations that we've had a chance to partner with, have an immense sense of pride, especially as I see them do their work in the world.

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That's very meaningful to me.

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Secondly, every candidate we work with.

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When they accept a new role that we've brought to them, their lives are changed in very practical, tangible ways.

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A lot of those people that we've worked with, a job that we've brought to them has gotten them closer to home, closer to family.

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Some of them have gotten closer to their core mission.

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Like they're now working with an organization that aligns more closely with what they deeply care about in the world.

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And most people have taken some sort of meaningful advancement through the jobs that we've brought them.

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Maybe especially that means A step up in income bracket, like I can think specifically about two different single moms that I had the opportunity to work with and the job that we brought them was significantly more money than where they were at, which changes the trajectory of their family.

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Search is not for everybody.

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It's difficult to break into, especially what we call full desk recruiting because you are pursuing new clients and you're also pursuing candidates.

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It's people business on both sides and those people can tell, you know, if you have an entrepreneurial mindset, if you have a desire to build a business, but with support structure training, then search and thinking ahead really could be for you.

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There's a freedom here.

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To build your own personal search practice the way you want to, and you've got the support of your colleagues and your management.

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If you genuinely like people, if you have a deep curiosity about human beings and the human story, if you have a passion for helping people, if you've got a passion for creating something that's your own, that's unique, and you've got a desire for.

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An unlimited income potential search and thinking ahead could be for you.

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