I hold degrees in Modern Languages and Slavonic Studies, and I study several languages in my free time. I interact with some candidates in their native language on LinkedIn or via email, and this can be a good icebreaker which also makes those messages stand out. This is especially pertinent for people who are actively looking to change jobs, who get several emails or LinkedIn messages a day about new opportunities.
For me, one of the nicest parts of my role at Kea is that it is collaborative.Researchers work hard to help each other on our individual searches, so we are never left unsupported. We discuss our searches with each other throughout the day and these discussions regularly generate not only new candidates, but also new strategies and novel ways of thinking about a search.
What does it take to be successful in your role?
Nuance. It’s not enough to work your way through a theoretical list of candidates just because they all seem to fit a given role on paper - in order to be truly successful in this role, you need to have sufficiently strong relationships with candidates to know what their preferences are (and what is driving those preferences), and monitor them as they change. Sometimes this is very granular, and it can take an awareness of a fund’s culture, beyond their investment strategy and sector focus, to know whether someone would be happy and capable of thriving there. At other times, this can mean suggesting an opportunity to a candidate that they’ve never considered before, but which nevertheless fits the criteria of what they’re looking for.
What fills your diary on a day-to-day basis?
In a typical day, I spend time on calls to catch up with both clients and candidates on where we are in a particular recruitment process. I call candidates to discuss new roles that they might find interesting, which is also a good opportunity to find out how things have been going for them since they last chatted to someone at Kea, and what new experience they’ve gained in that time. It’s also my responsibility to handle interview scheduling for my searches, so I’m often involved in a good deal of email back-and-forth to negotiate the best times for both sides to meet, despite busy schedules and timing pressure.