Before all of the HIREconf fun begins in October, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing speakers and sessions that will be gracing the stage.
As the Sr. Global Recruitment Sourcing Leader, Debra Yarnall is responsible for managing the entire global sourcing efforts for RPO accounts. Her role drives strategic planning and leadership alongside the Project Executive and has on-going interaction and communication with key client stakeholders. She translates advanced technologies into value for IBM’s clients through their professional solutions, services and consulting businesses worldwide. At HIREconf, she’ll be explaining what the key to success looks like for the Recruiter/Sourcer partnership and how she uses her aligned client teams to test and track methodologies globally.
We asked Debra to share some of her thoughts on the role of technology, being a leader, and what she learned from Marie Kondo.
What was it about recruiting that made you decide to enter the field?
I have to admit the field of recruiting found me. After realizing that Accounting was too boring and becoming a Psychologist would take too long, I decided to work within the Developmental Disabilities field, specifically helps people find jobs and then train them on those jobs. After a few years, I realized it was time for a change. I remember having a long conversation with one of my father’s HR friends who helped me land my first recruitment agency gig hiring Desktop Support folks for local companies expanding their technology grids. This was the early 90s.
What role does technology play in your day-to-day work life?
Technology has always played a huge role in my day to day life. From the early days of Microsoft Access to now Watson Recruit, I think I’ve seen just about every iteration of major recruitment technology change there has been. Without technology, I would not be able to have my global Webex conversations, keep myself and my team organized nor track emerging technologies that make recruiters and sourcers lives easier and more efficient.
What do you think recruiters need to be willing to learn in the future in order to be successful?
Recruiters need to learn diligence! They can’t just wait around for that perfect candidate. They have to be hungry! They need to constantly communicate, engage, emphasize, share and most importantly, listen. They also need to adapt to change. This industry of ours is always changing. They must follow the market trends and changes and adapt to it.
As a leader, how do you inspire your team to implement new strategies that they might be
feeling unsure about?
It’s all about making change fun! They also all know that I would never implement anything that wouldn’t make their work lives easier. Yes, sometimes change is a tad difficult, but with the right type of rewards, it’s all worth the while.
Sometimes lessons come from the strangest places! Where have you gained the best insight in the weirdest way? And what was the insight?
Hands down and absolutely no doubt that Netflix’s Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up Series was the strangest place I’ve ever gained insight in the weirdest way!! Admittedly, I’m a far cry from being as organized as Marie Kondo, but through her show, I found a way to declutter my work life; especially when it comes to links to important recruiting and sourcing tools. I actually built an entire training around her philosophy and still believe in it today.