When you love what you do and what you do makes a difference.
We’ve all heard the old cliche saying: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” If you’ve ever gone from a job you hate to a career you love, you know this to be true. Being able to align your values with what you do is very important, but unfortunately not enough people are able to achieve this. Not only do I love recruiting, but I know that what I am doing is making a difference in people’s lives.
I’ve always known in every job that I’ve done, I enjoyed engaging with others and seeing them improve. It’s always been about taking what I’ve learned (the good and the bad) and making sure others don’t make the same mistakes. In recruiting I’ve been able to apply that more than ever. On a daily basis I have the opportunity to help incredibly talented people take the next step in their career and find what it is that makes them tick, aligning their values with great companies and ensuring successful futures for both parties. It is an awesome feeling when someone expresses their gratitude toward you, simply because you took the time to get to know them and provide them an opportunity to do what they love.
It’s not just about the work we do in connecting greatness with greatness. In the Maritimes we need to support each other financially. Playing matchmaker is only half the story; we put our money where our mouth is. Structured as a Community Interest Company (CIC) we are mandated to put 60% of our profits back into the community. I am from the North End of Halifax and I’ve seen first hand the lack of opportunity that some of our youth have. The thing that is most important to me is being able to create opportunity for our youth. I believe when people are motivated by things other than money, they see opportunity differently. To me that defines what social enterprise is all about, and is why I’m proud to be a part of one.
We know that it is naive to think that by giving some money back to the community it will fix all the problems in Atlantic Canada, and that’s not how we feel. We do feel it is a step in the right direction. We also know that although the first job we put forward may not be “the one”, we hope that our prospects will have a rejuvenated sense of purpose, and that there are options to find what I’ve found: a love and passion for what I do.