Opera singer turned Senior Technical Recruiter? That’s a story we’d like to hear!
Although it seems like an unlikely transition, it’s the story of our own Natalie Davidzon. After getting a master’s degree in music, Natalie decided to take her talents to the tech world. In this edition of “Meet a LiveIntenter”, we learn about Natalie and how she might be a Jackie-of-All-Trades.
What led you to LiveIntent?
During my career in recruitment, I’ve worked at several agencies, a massive international tech giant, and a small startup that failed. Through my experiences with these companies, I learned what’s important to me in an employer. In my job search, I was looking for a place that wasn’t so large and bogged down in red tape that it was difficult to get anything done, but at the same time I wanted a company that was established, stable, and on a definite upward trajectory. I was looking for a company that encouraged growth and learning, and offered the opportunity to truly make an impact. My work is all about people, so above all else, I was looking for a place with a sense of camaraderie and smart, passionate colleagues who would push me to give my best every day. LiveIntent checked all of the boxes, so I jumped onboard.
Has your perception about email changed since working for LiveIntent?
I can honestly say that email has never been a focus for me. Working at LiveIntent has made me realize how much power there is in email, if you really understand the way people use it. The insights we can gain into people’s lives, habits and interests through email and the use of technology… it’s really incredible.
As a Technical Recruiter, you do a lot of interviewing. What are your top 3 tips for potential candidates?
1) Be prepared. Do your research about the company you’re interviewing with. Reference a recent company blog post, comment on a new product described on the company website, or point to a way that the company values align with your own. It will show that you’re genuinely interested in working there, and that you’re the kind of person who puts in the extra effort and does their homework.
2) If you don’t know, say so. Hiring managers can see right through candidates who try to fake knowledge they don’t have. And they are much more impressed by someone who expresses a genuine desire to learn and fill in their knowledge gaps than by someone who puts a million buzzwords on their resume and then can’t speak in depth about any of them.
3) Practice makes perfect. Have a friend do mock interviews with you. Anticipate what questions you might be asked and make sure you know how you would answer them in advance. Can you speak about the different aspects of your work in an articulate manner? Can you describe your biggest work accomplishments without having to pause and think about it? Interviews don’t feel natural. There’s the unfamiliar environment, the pressure to say the right thing and make a good impression… practicing ahead of time helps you feel prepared and makes the whole process feel less stressful.
What is your top goal at LiveIntent and outside of LiveIntent?
Balance. It’s an impossible goal, but a good one to strive for. Professionally, I seek to strike the right balance between being a good manager and a productive hands-on recruiter, making sure I’m giving all of my high priority roles and hiring managers adequate attention, managing my time so that the important day-to-day tasks get done, without sacrificing the ability to contribute through special projects and initiatives. In my personal life, balance means making time for friends, family, hobbies, physical fitness, and mental well-being. Each requires time, attention and care, and balance is often illusive. But it’s the goal.
As a new manager, what are some of the best ways you motivate your team?
I try to empower my team to affect change, and take on greater responsibility. I offer guidance and make sure I’m always available to answer questions and lend a helping hand, but I also trust them to step up and tackle challenges that arise. My team knows that it’s ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. I also believe that positive feedback is motivating, and it’s important to acknowledge a job well done and celebrate employees’ successes.
What is your proudest moment?
Completing a 5-day trek through the mountains of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile.
If you didn’t have a career in tech recruiting, what would you be doing?
I would be an opera singer, or a professional potter. I have a Master’s in Music and I performed at Carnegie Hall and the National Opera Center last December. I’ve also been doing pottery for 17 years, intermittently selling my work and teaching classes. If I didn’t love working in the tech space so much, I might have chosen to do one of those full-time.
What’s the best piece of advice someone has given you?
You’re the master of your destiny. Figure out what you want in your life and go make it happen!
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