Over the last 20 years of my career I have had the privilege of working with some of the most amazing companies in the world, with various missions of their own. Each one has facilitated, produced and directed all kinds of cool initiatives designed to benefit thousands of employees and customers. Recently, a colleague asked me how I discovered the career path I followed. I smiled to myself and pondered a response, wondering whether I’d chosen my career path or it chose me.
My career path actually started on the day I was born. My entry into the world was unique to many because I was born into a local Tribe whose custom was to pray to the Shark Gods in honor of my birth. The Chieftain, in full ceremonial garb, came to the hospital to see my parents. He informed them that it was their duty to guide me toward a life of contribution and they took this quite seriously. At the age of ten, an adult asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up and I instinctively told him that I wanted to make a difference in the world. A few decades later I realize that every decision I have made in my career has been focused on making a positive difference in the lives of the individuals and organizations with whom I have worked.
I could attribute this journey to the Shark Gods, or perhaps to the fact that I grew up in a home with parents who were committed to public service and volunteerism, or maybe it was even happenstance. Regardless, I consider every day an opportunity to be a philanthropist by vocation. After all, philanthropy, in large part, is all about “nourishing, developing, and enhancing what it is to be human." True, I get paid to do my job, but what motivates me daily is the part about making a difference each and every day.
I recently joined HireVue. We work with hundreds of companies around the world, offering a very innovative Digital Interview Platform. This really cool technology removes unnecessary time, travel and hassle – making interviewing modern and amazing for everyone. It’s up to 10X faster, 9X cheaper and 100% better than outdated ways, with the added benefit of reducing regulatory risk. Our clients create online interview guides with scientifically proven questions, they capture structured interview feedback in real-time, and they watch these interviews on demand, sharing and comparing responses amongst hiring teams, while building digital talent pools.
Can you imagine how this alters the life of a recruiter, working for one of the world’s most recognized and reputable brands, who receives thousands of resumes every week, needing to fill hundreds of open positions? Digital interviews allow you to watch interviews when it works for you, over your morning coffee, in your office, on your phone, or even at thirty thousand feet as you fly to your next meeting! You can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward through boring interviews. Many can complete 10 on demand interviews in an hour versus 1-2 over the phone!
Think about a person, seeking for a dream job at the right company – They are made up of voices, stories, and experiences, all of which they can now express in their own unique way through digital interviewing. So in the early morning, while I’m wearing my sneakers from a company that is recognized for bringing inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world, and drinking my delicious iced latte from a coffee company that ethically sources amazing coffee, and reading my favorite gadget that allows me to access a book anywhere… I consider my good fortune. I get to make a difference too - my difference is for recruiters, hiring managers, applicants, and companies all over the world, each and every day, all by virtue of my career path, which led me to HireVue and the awesome Digital Interviewing platform.
How are you making a difference through your chosen career path?
You can follow Annie Abrams, Director of Customer Success at HireVue on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/abramsannie.