This year the Silicon Valley Recruiters Association celebrates five years of bringing together the Bay Area’s talent acquisition and HR community for ongoing professional development.
Our industry continues to evolve dramatically and organizations globally rely on talent leaders to scale their organizations, acting as change agents for inclusive workplaces while also building an employment brand in a competitive market. The workforce relies on recruiters to facilitate helping individuals find meaningful work. The SVRA team continues to keep our mission at the core of all we do and over the years we have fostered a community committed to inclusion and lifelong learning that I am extremely proud of.
As we kick off the new year and reflect upon all we have achieved as an organization, I’d like to thank all of our members, event attendees, sponsors, and most importantly, our amazing board of directors who have dedicated their time to help us achieve our mission of elevating the talent acquisition profession by empowering the next generation of talent leaders through education, mentorship, training and community collaboration.
As SVRA continues to grow, our top priority remains the ongoing development of our members and community. While this has remained at the core of our operations since our founding, it is becoming more critical for both individuals and our economy, as technology continues to rapidly advance and reskilling becomes more of a necessity across all professions.
In 2017, SVRA facilitated the Bay Area’s first recruiter mentorship program. Back by popular demand, we intend to accept applications for the 2020 Mentorship Program this summer. A few valuable insights our team took away from the program through participant feedback and application data are:
First, there was an overwhelming number of applicants seeking a mentor, versus to be a mentor themselves. This was a scenario we somewhat anticipated, as strong leadership, let alone ongoing mentorship in the workplace is not widely accessible to most, yet so crucial to an individual’s long term career growth.
Next, after facilitating the program for a few months, we received some fairly consistent feedback that the mentees were not the only ones learning. Our “mentors” were also benefiting immensely from the time they spent with their mentees. I can speak from personal experience from my regular coffee catch ups’ with my mentee, Susie. As her mentor, I learned so much about the great projects she was owning for her company’s diversity, inclusion, and candidate experience efforts, coming away from many of our meetings with new inspiration. It was also a nice refresher for me to explain some concepts that were new for her, helping me refine, simplify, and teach concepts with a new perspective.
We also have several board positions available for anyone based in the Bay Area who are interested in getting involved with SVRA in a hands-on capacity to support our continuous growth. These roles vary in scope of responsibility and necessary time commitment. The openings include: Officer Roles (Leadership), Mentorship Program Lead, Content, and Social Media. We are flexible in terms of years of experience, and care the most about genuine enthusiasm and commitment to our mission and values. Read about them here.
Starting and managing a nonprofit is very rewarding, and also uniquely challenging work. That said, I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to lead SVRA, and have grown much as an individual through the process. Looking to the future, I can’t wait to see all the good that will come out of SVRA as new leaders have the opportunity to serve our community in our open roles.
If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest and sharing how you see yourself getting started with our organization.