If someone was to describe me in one word, it would be: no-nonsense. I like to think of myself as a person who tells it like it is; which is a good thing – considering what I do for a living.
I specialise in recruiting. Specifically, I lead the national Campus Talent Acquisition team for PwC Canada, and together we recruit graduates and college leavers like you, whose attitudes, working style and values align with PwC’s.
I’ve been doing this for 13 years (nine of which were at PwC) so I have a pretty good idea about what makes a student stand out for the right – and the wrong – reasons. Being candid and honest helps steer students on a path that could lead to a promising career. That’s what I hope to do here, without sugarcoating it for you.
Many of you may be looking for a good “fit” with an organization. But finding the right candidate for a job goes beyond something as simple as “fit.” As recruiters, we’re looking for a combination of education, skills, experience, personality traits and work style. It’s our job to hand-pick high performers who also have the “soft” skills that will ensure they’ll work well with their teams and clients – skills gained from community work, professional experience and leadership roles. We’re looking for people who have the traits of a PwC Professional.
So, as you enter one of the most exciting and possibly intimidating experiences of your life (starting your career and building your reputation), my aim is to help you stand out for the right reasons, without wasting your time on things that don’t make a difference.
For more direct tips and advice, follow me @voiceof jamesd, and don’t hesitate to ask questions below, on Twitter or at events.
Senior Manager, Campus Talent Acquisition