We’re Here to Save You

Posted 08/08/19 Kimberly Wacaser

Kimberly Wacaser, Vaco Tampa, provides insight on how Vaco gets to know both the client and candidate so that we can perfectly match their “weirdness.”

As Dr. Seuss said, “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness.” He was referring to love, but it’s true for any employee and employer relationship. 

Spoiler Alert: This is going to be some beautiful, fairy tale about how Vaco, the knight in shining armor, saves the damsel/lad in distress (i.e. hiring managers) by slaying the Monster of job searches, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Here’s some real talk: Companies make bad hiring decisions. Employees make decisions to promote their own self-interest. It’s inevitable. If there was some magical algorithm that aligned the absolute best, long term talent with companies, then a company could just post opportunities online and find a perfect fit…

…Oh, wait. That’s right. There are thousands of job boards online that anyone can apply to. Hiring is not a science, but an art, and the fundamental reason the entire recruiting industry exists. We take the pain and stress out of reading thousands of resumes to find the candidate who fits.

What we do at Vaco isn’t rocket science. Pretty simple in theory, “help clients find the perfect fit for a role and help candidates find their dream jobs.” The difficulty lies in the execution, as both players have needs and wants. Aligning uncontrollable talent with organizations who could pull a Godfather, “it’s not personal, it’s business,” move at a moment’s notice will never be cut and dry. That’s why all us Type A, highly competitive, extroverts, known as recruiters, will never give up.

Some more real talk.

Bad hires don’t necessarily equal bad employees. Negative work experiences don’t mean a company needs to fold up shop and cease to exist all together. There is a place for everyone, but not every place is for everyone. The culture that motivates and drives one person could be crippling to another. We spend more time with our coworkers than family and friends. We may be stuck with our family but we’re selective on who are friends are and where we invest our personal time. Why wouldn’t we be just as selective when it comes to our career?

Vaco makes a commitment to our clients and candidates to build relationships so we truly know who we’re working with. Our daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goal is to align mutual weirdness.

So, I ask, when it comes to your career

  • What motivates you?
  • What drives you to be your best?
  • How do you define “fit?”
  • What makes work a career home, not “just a job?”

Keep these things in mind, hold on to that energy, and apply it to all aspects of your life.