August 2021. It was a summer day after my graduation. I still had holidays, but – typically for me – I was already busy looking for a job. My fiancé wanted to go to a music store to pick up some stuff and he insisted that I go with him. “You’ve never been to Haarlem. You have to come!”. I quickly calculated in my mind what was better for me – to stay at home glued to my LinkedIn search, or to go on a little trip… Well, my inner child won, so I grabbed my bag and joined him.
The weather was beautiful that day – it was warm and sunny. And Haarlem…? That city has absolutely stolen my heart! I fell in love with its picturesque canals, antique buildings, and lively atmosphere. “What a wonderful Little Amsterdam!”, I said. To be honest, I’ve been looking at opportunities in Amsterdam only, but when I saw Haarlem, I thought of how nice it would be to come here more often… Preferably, every day!
We parked our car near the city center. My fiancé went to the store, and I got out of the car to get some fresh air (it’s a trip after all!). I took my phone and – out of pure curiosity – typed “Haarlem” in my job search. I always say that I didn’t choose to become a recruiter or to work for Your Talent Agency. It felt like this profession and the company have chosen ME. Why? Because here I am, in Haarlem – my love from the first sight – and the first vacancy that appears on my phone is for a Recruitment Consultant at… Your Talent Agency. The job description has instantly caught my attention. Although I didn’t have enough experience for the position, the company’s values and working culture seemed like a good fit. “We are looking for an ambitious, extravert, flexible, open-minded…” – yep, that’s me! But what really encouraged me to give it a try was this one sentence: “We put people first”. It resonated with me the most.
I guess “putting people first” has always been my natural motto to live by. Since I was a kid, I was willingly dedicating my time to others. When I saw that somebody needed a hand or simply wanted to talk, I was happy to be for them. When my friend was bullied, I was standing up for her. It just felt right. I didn’t get along with those who lacked empathy.
Not things, but PEOPLE were my focus of interest. Growing up, I got more and more curious about the psychology of humans’ relationships and behavior. In high school, I started attending meetings with a psychologist to understand myself and those around me better. She was an excellent job advisor too. I saw her giving advice to some clients a couple of times, and I remember myself thinking how great it would be to help people make their next career steps… It was for just a brief moment, and I forgot about it soon after.