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  • Writer's pictureSophia Chin

Excuse me... Are you a headhunter?

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

This is my 10th year in recruitment. I love the work and people. I love the impact it creates for them. And I still feel like an amateur sometimes, I still learn so much on the job, and simply… I can’t believe how fast time flew by.

No, it was not my childhood dream to become a headhunter. I used to dream of being headhunted, not the other way round. I was not struck by inspiration or an epiphany such as “You're destined to be a headhunter”.

So how did it all begin?

When I delivered my second child, I had quit Frost & Sullivan and been staying home for 2 months. I really wanted to get back to work.

First thing I did, I scanned the classified section. I remember thinking, “I can do this role, I can do that role, should I apply to all of them? Or I can go back to what I was doing before.” The limitless possibilities gave me a mix of fear and excitement. The world was my oyster, and for the first time in my career, I could choose whatever job I wanted. However, the uncertainty, the “blank”, was unnerving.

Roger gave me some good advice. He recommended getting a job that I want. Do not apply to just any opening. Do my research, talk to people.

Recruitment caught my eye because I could tread that fine balance between empathy and tenacity, I love engaging with people, and the company, Aquent had a cool culture that just made the whole deal very irresistible. I’m grateful to James Koh for giving me the opportunity. We went to the same kickboxing class, and I tracked him down for an informational interview, which eventually turned into a job. It is true that you never know when or where you’ll meet your future boss!

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