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Jake Volkerijk

Get to Know Jake

What is the most rewarding part about working for a recruiting agency?

I believe the most rewarding thing about working for a recruiting agency is when you can help a person find a role that dramatically improves their life. Whether it is improving their salary or something as small as shortening their commute, knowing that their life has improved is very rewarding.

What’s the secret to a great interview?

I think the two biggest keys to a great interview are researching the company beforehand and letting your personality show. Understanding the role is very important, and you need to be able to speak on how your skills can make an immediate impact on the role. Letting your personality show is important because it can differentiate you from other candidates. Your culture add to the company is just as important as the skill set sometimes.

Tell us more about your professional background. What led you to pursue a career at a recruitment company?

My first job after college was doing inside sales for a computer company. That felt very transactional, and I felt a disconnect from customers. When looking for a career change, I thought staffing would be a good way to connect with people and develop relationships. In recruiting, you can stay with the candidates throughout their career and see the progress they make which is very rewarding.

What’s the most important piece of professional/career advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece of career advice I ever received was from a high school basketball coach. He said, “Shoot to get hot and shoot to stay hot.” I think this can be applied in everything you do professionally. There are ups and downs in this industry. When you hit a rut or things aren’t going your way, keep making calls to connect with businesses and job seekers. When things are going well, keep the momentum going. It isn’t just about shooting a basketball. Whatever you do that makes you good at your job, give it your all when times are good or bad.

We know Vaco is your dream job, but if you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

If I could do any job for a day, I would like to be the General Manager of the Philadelphia Eagles. They are by far my favorite team! Seeing how the organization is run and how they operate every day would be a dream come true. Seeing the players, the stadium, and all the moving parts that go into an NFL organization would be one of the coolest experiences I could imagine.

What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to learn?

I have always thought it would be cool to learn a musical instrument. When I was younger, I always struggled with learning instruments. I tried playing the saxophone and the piano, but I wasn’t very good. It always impressed me that people can take an instrument and play music to entertain people.

 

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