Meet Alina, a Junior Recruiter at Zenjob! Alina has grown tremendously during her time at Zenjob, switching roles and sub-departments along the way. We caught up with Alina to find out how her journey has gone.
1. When did you join Zenjob and in what role?
I was a master's student and in the process of becoming a Zenjob Talent myself when I found out that working student positions at Zenjob were available. I applied for the open position in the Workplace Team and soon found myself supporting the team at the reception and at office events.
2. How did you change your career path at Zenjob?
My studies were coming to an end and I knew that I wanted to stay at Zenjob. I looked to my manager at the time and other colleagues in the People and Culture department to find out what direction I could delve into next. During these conversations I got interested in recruiting and employer branding. I decided to give it a shot and did a voluntary internship to find out whether this would really work for me. What helped me most during this entire process were all the honest conversations I had with my team. I was able to ask a lot of questions and shadow my colleagues to better understand what their day typically looks like.
3. What advice would you give to someone who wants to develop or change their career path?
Don’t be afraid to ask! I would do research online about the departments that I wanted to know more about. But what helped most was just going up to people at Zenjob and asking them. I would use my lunch breaks to talk to my colleagues and learn more about the other sub-departments in the People and Culture team.
4. What is the most challenging and rewarding thing about your role?
Keeping up with all the little steps that the recruiting process usually consists of. Most of it is not necessarily visible to the manager whose team you are recruiting for, so making your efforts visible is an ongoing challenge. What I find most rewarding is actually seeing someone you interviewed and guided through the recruitment process get the job. And then to see them in the office as part of our big team.
5. What do you love about working at Zenjob?
Everyone is very approachable! My colleagues in the People and Culture department are living examples of our value “helpful”. I love working besides the people that supported me in becoming a part of the Recruiting team. Figuring out what you want to do after your studies and getting your first full-time job is a scary process, especially during Covid, but my teammates turned this into one big positive learning experience. For that I am very grateful.