I’m preparing for another anniversary for my recruiting business. January 19, 2011 was the official day that I “took the leap” and started my own company. It was a natural progression. I had worked in this business for over 15 years and was ready for the next step.
So this year represents the interesting seven-year anniversary. Anyone who has been married over seven years knows what I’m talking about when I reference the “Seven-Year Itch.” It’s kind of like eating the same cereal every day for seven years. After that length of time, you realize that all of the things that you initially loved about your partner now drive you completely crazy. So it’s only normal that I would feel a little “itchy” seven years into running my own business.
I’m a huge believer in finding something that you love and finding a way to make money at it. Landing in this business was definitely a “God thing.” I was really unhappy with my current opportunity, went to a staffing agency to see if they could help me find a new job, and they ended up hiring me as their salesperson. At the time, I was working in an Accounting-related role and really wanted to find a job in either Human Resources or Sales. I truly believe that God played a role in helping me land a job that involved both.
Since I am raising three daughters, it is my passion to encourage girls who have an interest in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math-Medicine) careers. Did you know that only 24% of positions in IT and Engineering are filled by women?
I also decided to follow my passion and get involved with KC Women in IT and the WiSTEMM initiative at the Central Exchange. Both organizations have amazing women with the same vision and passion. KC Women in IT has a focus on encouraging young women to explore careers in STEMM and assist them with tools to enter the field. The WiSTEMM initiative aims to provide a support network to women already in STEMM careers.
As a result of my new passion, I’ve discovered that my staffing practice has taken on a “new life.” I have been requested more often to assist with positions in the Engineering and Manufacturing Operations space. This has been an excellent opportunity to meet new people and learn about all of the amazing businesses that are in the Kansas City area. On the horizon for 2018 is a re-branding of my firm to really focus on what my passion is: STEMM careers.
What are YOU passionate about? Are you in a position doing something that you love? OR is it merely a “job”?
If you find yourself getting “itchy” and want to talk about what your next career step could be, give me a call! OR if someone on your staff has gotten the “itch” and moved on, I would love to help you find a great replacement for your organization.