10 Questions & Answers by Sarah Brekelmans, Toronto Marketing Recruiter
What are the most important traits of a job seeker? What should you ask when a headhunter calls? Every few months we ask one of our recruiters the same 10 questions to help you get to know who you’re working with. Meet Sarah Brekelmans, Toronto-based Marketing Recruiter.
I was a bagel girl at Great Canadian Bagel throughout high school. My boss was extremely difficult at first, I was terrified of him. It wasn’t until I started pushing back and sharing my ideas that he started respecting me more. I actually still talk to him to this day… he ended up being a mentor for me in my career. It was a real lesson on getting to know people, not being intimidated, and pushing back when you need to.
I don’t have really one prime hero in business, but if I had to choose – probably Kristine Stewart, the VP Media at Twitter. She really defines what I think a strong female leader looks like in today’s business world. What a like about her is that she’s not just a leader, but also down to earth and cognizant of her skills as a woman, and why women can do well in today’s business world.
I think it could be a little bit less “sales-y” on the recruitment side. There are some recruiters that push jobs when they barely know anything about the candidate, and are really just trying to sell the opportunity regardless of whether or not it’s a good fit.
It’s important to present both the pros and the cons of a company and job, as well as really understand what the motives of the candidate are. This approach might not result in the quickest fill for you right at the time, but it is best in the long run – for the candidate, client, and recruiter.
Relationship building. I’m a very honest and transparent person, on both the client side and the candidate side. I believe honesty is always the best policy and will always tell the truth. It’s not always easy and they may not even always like it, but in the long run it helps them, and it helps me have the trusted relationships I have in the industry that are built on respect.
‘What does success look like? What will this person have accomplished in 6 months? 1 year?’ I find questions like this really help paint the picture of not only the role, but how it will develop when the client actually has someone in the seat.
‘Why do you think this could potentially be the next fit for my career based on my profile?’ At the end of the day your career is about you, so you need to find out if the opportunity really is the ideal next step for you.
Communication. If candidates don’t get back to me in time, I see that as a lack of interest or a reflection of what they’re like in a work environment. Timelines are super important in this industry, so if I’m consistently having to chase someone down it is a red flag.
I have a few actually. I’ve seen quite a few emoticons on resumes lately – smiley faces and wink faces mostly. I once saw a resume with a picture of a cat. I’ve also seen a LinkedIn profile listing all the things the person didn’t like about each of their past bosses.
Background and experience recruiting for the type of role they’re looking for, and complete transparency from the get-go on what they can deliver.
Paddle boarding – any ocean, anywhere.
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Sarah is a Director, Client Services specialized in sourcing for roles across the marketing landscape, including digital design, digital marketing, public relations, and digital/social media. Her extensive industry experience, both in her beginnings as a PR and corporate communications professional and after finding her niche in recruiting, have made her one of Toronto’s go-to recruiters for all things marketing.