Hire People Better than You by Kristin Appleton

Here goes! I stumbled in to recruiting at the start of the .com era in the Bay area right out of college. I had no idea at the time what a recruiter did, but I quickly realized that I loved meeting candidates from all different backgrounds and helping them find their dream job. After making my first placement I realized I had found something that gave me a deep sense of purpose. 20 years later, I still love what I do and after the many years of coaching candidates on how to navigate a job search and prepare for an interview, that I have learned a few things about my own career journey along the way.

There is no perfect time to make a career or job change…..the stars will never all be aligned. 15 years ago my husband and I had our first daughter and my career was starting to take off. Opportunities to move in to leadership roles were being presented to me. I wasn’t sure I could balance taking on my first role as a people manager, while chasing after a screaming toddler and plan for a growing family. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find the balance and would miss out on being present as a mom. I was surrounded by great leaders and mentors that were invested in me and they trusted my ability to set boundaries and maintain the balance. The best leadership advice I have been given is to hire people that I would work for and to be confident enough to hire people that are better than you. What?? This took some time for me to gain the confidence to hire people that were better than me, but then it finally clicked that success is when you have built a team that can function even when you don’t show up.  

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