Successful companies continuously change. The transformation provokes reflection, understanding, and, ultimately, growth. Recruit Action Partners Domenic Calcara and Kristyn Oleskewycz embrace change. They believe conversion forces a company to reassess its vision, so everyone understands the organization’s intentions and path forward. Distinguished United States President John F. Kennedy once stated, “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future.” In this month’s blog, Kristyn and Domenic share how their clear intentions are focused on the future of Recruit Action.
Recruit Action was launched in 2009 by past Partner Francois Paiement to create a work-life balance so he could be a better father. Two years later, Domenic joined as a Partner to establish the same stability in his own family. After working for several years at other companies, the Partners realized the importance of balance. Domenic states, “A person does not work well unless they are well, so we make balance and wellness a priority in everything we do.”
Over the last thirteen years, Recruit Action has remained focused on creating balance in the lives of the candidates they help. During Kristyn’s six years with Recruit Action leading up to her Partnership, she learned firsthand how essential personal and professional harmony is in her life. And she is finding she is not the only person that values the crucial balance. “Now more than ever, candidates are seeking jobs that provide the same work-life balance Francois founded Recruit Action on,” says Kristyn. This shift in values has transformed the employment culture into a candidate’s market that gives job seekers more negotiating power. “Now there are more opportunities for a candidate pursuing a job to look at different roles to see what a genuine fit is, and it is vital for recruiters to listen and understand what they are looking for,” says Kristyn. The Partners believe prioritizing listening is essential to understanding how to find the right fit. “When you actively listen to who a person is and what they value, it is easier to place them in a long-term position and create a lasting mutually beneficial relationship with the company,” says Domenic.
When they set out on their respective career paths, Domenic and Kristyn did not focus on finding a job that creates balance, nor did they intend to end up in the recruiting industry. Kristyn says, “When I entered the workforce, it was not a priority to find a job with purpose or that I loved. But now the priorities have shifted for employees.” They have grown to love helping other humans find the same happiness in their jobs that they found. Domenic believes adopting a human-first methodology made all the difference. “When you focus on creating an authentic connection first with the person, you learn what drives the person before even thinking about what company is the right fit,” says Domenic. He has realized that helping his employees and potential candidates take the next step in their life is what drives him. He says, “Hearing an employee share how excited they are to buy their first house or a candidate say that they finally found a job they love makes me feel like I played a part in helping them fulfill a dream and build a better life.”
Domenic and Kristyn believe their human-centric approach to recruiting is unique to the industry, and they are excited to expand Recruit Action’s reach in 2023. One big step for this expansion is launching Recruit Action International and extending its service offering in the United States. It is a big step for Recruit Action. Still, Kristyn and Domenic know they are ready for the evolution and that collaborators like Claude Dionne and Tansley will help support the company throughout the process. “I’m excited about learning how to do business outside of Canada and working with our trusted collaborators to overcome any challenges we may face,” says Domenic. The Partners have thought long and hard about their expansion. Domenic says, “I do my best to make careful decisions with a long-term vision. I never want to rush our team or the company into a place we are unprepared to go.” This safe and purposeful approach has strengthened Recruit Action with each change. Kristyn is aware that they are making the change during economic uncertainty. Still, she says, “We are focusing on what we do best, so we can be as successful as we can, and I am confident that our team and collaborators will make the transition a success.”
Recruit Action manages company decisions like they do their candidates, with a long-term vision in mind. “Our clients offer amazing opportunities for long-term success. Even though we offer contract roles at times, they are highly likely to become a long-term permanent opportunities”, says Domenic. The connection with the long-term strategy that the Partners employ for Recruit Action and their clients creates a win-win for everyone. Candidates find companies that share their values and gain top-tier talent wanting to learn and grow with the organization. It makes the reciprocal balance that both Domenic and Kristyn have worked hard to establish. “I’m incredibility proud to be a Partner and COO in a company where I fully believe in the culture of the company and what we are doing for our clients and candidates,” states Kristyn. American Author Bill Hybels once said, “Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion.” But Kristyn and Domenic, it’s their passion for helping others achieve a vital work-life balance that produces their vision for the future of Recruit Action.