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Alysse Metzler, currently a Senior Recruiter, fighting the war on technical talent, has raw recruiting talent and over 12 years of corporate recruiting experience. She stumbled into the industry while still in college and immediately fell in love with Recruiting. She’s helped corporations in the mortgage industry, banking, for profit education, technical, sports and entertainment, and video game industries, search across the globe for top talent. Alysse genuinely cares for her candidates and has the ability to connect with them on a personal level. This ability allows her to find the right career path for all of her candidates and truly sets all of her hires up for success.
Alysse’s career evolved to not only finding the best talent in the industry but also helping America get back to work. Her life’s mission is to help people of all ages and backgrounds find their dream job. She’s taken all of the lessons she’s learned in her 12 years of recruiting and wrote, The Recruiting Snitch, Recruiting Secrets to Help Land Your Dream Job. Alysse believes by understanding what a recruiter thinks, an applicant can achieve better results from their interviews and their job search.


Key Takeaways

  • While most people are in their current job, they don’t think about brand or networking.
  • When you’re working, that’s the best time to make connections and get to know people when you don’t need but but genuinely want to get to know them.
  • You have to know people to find the positions that aren’t publically posted.
  • Being shy is not an excuse, you are losing a lot of opportunities.
  • There is no such thing as a permanent job. Every company in every industry has some level of volatility.
  • Keep your LinkedIn profile updated at least yearly.
  • It’s not about “collecting” people into your social network, it’s about connecting with them as people.
  • At a networking event, try to make one solid new relationship.
  • People want to know “how can this person help me?”
  • It’s not about what people can do for you, it’s about what you can do for others.
  • Your personal brand is not just your skill set or your presence on social media. It’s about building a reputation and being a subject matter expert. It’s how people perceive you.
  • Good candidates are connected. They are looking at new tech, going to meetup groups and being part of the community.
  • There are two kinds of job candidates.
    • Active candidates are actively looking for a job. They need a new job right away and have less negotiating power. The longer you are unemployed, the less negotiating power you have.
    • Passive candidates are happily employed and have a powerful personal brand. Recruiters are knocking at their door and making great offers to entice them.
  • The best time to look for a job is when you have a job.
  •  You should be having career conversations with your manager annually during performance reviews.
    • An engineer generally bumps up in job title every 2 years.
    • The director-to-VP track will be longer, in the timeframe of 5-8 years.
    • Proactively have the conversation with your manager if they aren’t bringing it up.
  • Closed mouths dont get fed.
  • Network, network, network. Connect with people and get out of your comfort zone.


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