careers / creative juice / personalities

from designer to recruiter

Have you ever considered changing careers? It can be a scary and uncertain process. Guest blogger, Allovus Recruiter Miranda Wilimczyk, talks about her transition from designer to creative recruiter.

When I was asked to write a blog about my career transition from being a designer to a recruiter in the creative space, I had no clue where to start. Did I make the change in my career because I wasn’t satisfied with the interactions I’ve had with recruiters in my design life, or because I just needed a change? Maybe it was because I wanted to be a catalyst for revolution in the design community? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that all of these reasons might be true.

No matter what your role in the design community is, if you have a passion for it, you can help shape your own future, as well as help others shape theirs. You can help people achieve their goals. That’s what I’m striving for in my own career.

I was a designer for many years prior to choosing my career change. I was afraid. I thought if I left this type of work, would I ever go back? Would I WANT to go back? What if I wasn’t good at recruiting? What if my design network looked down on me for leaving? So many what ifs…

It didn’t help that throughout the years I’d been contacted by lots of recruiters—some good, some not so good. I never felt they had my best interest at heart. Some of them didn’t know a thing about design, which didn’t help their street cred. If they couldn’t understand design, how could they look at my work and think I’d be a good fit at a particular company? It seemed more about making a buck and putting bodies at desks than helping someone further their career or personal growth.

There was one, however, that changed my mind. A friend of mine, who was a former designer (and a really great person) had become a recruiter. I trusted her, and I knew if she was out there doing this, there were other good people doing this as well! It gave me hope, and it fueled the fire.

Then there was Allovus. It was unlike any company I’ve ever dealt with. People actually CARED. They did the RIGHT thing. They put their employees and designers first and upheld the standards that I have tried to live by in my design career. The recruiters don’t work on commission… This might seem like a very small and minute detail. But that paradigm shift, for me, was a game changer. It completely shifted the focus from making that buck to helping people; clients and prospective employees alike. It makes you strive to help the company be successful and get it to a place where it is trusted in the design community.

I never wanted people to say, “Oh you’re a RECRUITER?” As if they were talking about some nasty gum stuck to their shoe. I wanted people to look to me for trusted help and guidance in their careers. To be someone that design managers can trust. Whether it be for portfolio advice, specific job advice, or whatever was needed to help that person. I wanted to make a difference in the design community in any way possible, and this was the perfect role to help me do that.

My life has always consisted of creativity in some form. Whether it’s painting, designing, or talking “shop” with other designers, it has always been a passion of mine. Design is so important, and people need to realize the value of it. Designers have the power to change the world around us, more so than any other profession, in my opinion. They shape the future of products, services, and the way we interact with technology on a daily basis. Seattle is booming with amazing companies and even more amazing designers. From Microsoft to Amazon to Google and Boeing, HBO, Disney, even the military… the list goes on. We are growing at a rapid rate, and there is no better place for forward design thinking than Seattle. We’re putting ourselves on the map as a heavy hitter in future trends. It’s an AMAZING time to be a designer in this city, and I am here to help people focus on those roles, open doors, and expand their potential.

Read more about our recruiters here: Allovus Wonder Twins

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