Vanessa Raath interview

Published: – This Is How I’m Staying Relevant As a Talent Acquisition Professional

A big thank you to my friend Vadim Liberman, the editor of TLNT (Talent Management & HR) & for asking me to write a Guest Blog for him. Here it is and I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

How do you stay positive and encouraging with your network when you are struggling being in lockdown yourself?

With difficulty, is the simple answer.

I’m an energy vampire, an extreme extrovert who feeds off other people. Being forced into isolation has been incredibly tough. I miss driving around to meet new clients, delivering talent sourcing training, and catching up with industry thought leaders over coffee. Being in lockdown does not suit my personality at all.

However, during this time in lockdown, I remembered one of my favorite quotes, by Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

From the first week of lockdown, I decided to make this my mantra. I decided that this was the time to really step up and to give back to my community, the South African recruitment field, which was going to be really negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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