This month’s professional spotlight features Saba Haile. Saba is a recruiter at Facebook. Learn more about Saba and her work below.
Could you briefly explain some of your responsibilities in your current career role.
I support our hiring efforts for the Global Marketing Solutions (GMS) team at Facebook, specifically the Monetization Product Marketing space. I build talent pipelines via LinkedIn and alternative search techniques, as well as generate referrals from client groups. Ultimately owning the end to end process of getting someone hired for the respective teams I support.
How did you come to decide that this was the right career path for you?
Recruiting kind of fell in my lap. I interned two summers at Goldman Sachs for the Compliance/Legal team, and I immediately knew I did not like the corporate environment, and I did not find the work fulfilling. I knew I wanted to help people, so my first job out of college I was working as a full cycle recruiter for an agency. From there, I got picked up by Google, and it stuck with me. I enjoy helping folks navigate their hiring journey, and matching people to the right opportunities and now I get to do it for Facebook :).
Is there a philosophy that drives your career?
Once you stop learning, it’s time to change it up.
What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment?
Growing the Product Data Integrity Operations team by 3x in a year. It was a new team at Facebook and there was a late investment in staffing asks, so I had to work fast to hit the aggressive goal.
What’s one piece of advice you would give someone looking to transition into your line of work?
Always do your due diligence on the company and role you are interested in. Teams want to feel that you are excited about them specifically, and not just trying to get in the door. Recruiting is a very social environment, so becoming comfortable with networking and building rapport with complete strangers is key.
Outside of all of your hard work and efforts toward building your brand, what do you do for fun? Hobbies?
I love to travel and see the world. I was lucky enough to study abroad two semesters during college, and I’ve had the travel bug ever since.