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MEET OUR U.S. GRADUATES - MARKUS & DANIEL

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by Matthew Ferdenzi
Candidates , Clients , Boston , LifeAtUR , Understanding Recruitment , Technology , Talent , Tech Recruitment , Graduates , NowHiring , Growth , #Team , #LifeAtUR
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Markus Edmunds joined our Machine Learning team in Boston after graduating from Tufts University in May 2019 where he played American Football.

While Markus always had a fascination with current technological developments he didn’t want to code and found the opportunity at Understanding Recruitment to be a perfect fit.

1. Why did you decide to get into a career in recruitment?

I joined recruiting because I was always fascinated by computer science and programming. I tried the Computer Science/Engineering route in college but at the same time, I wanted to work with people on a more personal level rather than coding all day and not interacting with others. I had a slight background in sales coming out of college as well, so when Mat had approached me with an opportunity to be a recruit in the field of AI and Machine Learning, I thought it was a perfect fit.

 

2. What would your advice be to a graduate looking for a career in recruitment?

My advice would be to be on the lookout for 3rd party reviews of both employees and candidates that have had experiences with recruiters inside of that company. A lot of recruiting companies are just flat out not good, don’t do their research, and you could end up working under superiors that have no idea what they are doing, going about their workday haphazardly just hoping to land someone. UR had glowing reviews on Glassdoor and other websites from both people inside of the company as well as people that have worked with the company. Without naming names, many other recruiting companies that I was in talks with did NOT have very good reviews and now that I am in the industry, I can see why and I can see how we stand out as a company.

 

3. What’s the best thing about working at Understanding Recruitment?

The best thing about working for Understanding Recruitment is the elite leadership. Everyday I get to work under the tutelage of one of the best recruiters in the UK (and now the US as well) and to say that I have learned a lot from him in my first 3 months here would be a glaring understatement. That, alongside Jacko’s (Chris Jackson) occasional visits to the states have really put both me and Danny in an excellent position for success in the near future. Being able to work with some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and talented individuals is a blessing and a big reason why I joined in the first place.


Daniel Haddad joined Understanding Recruitment in 2019 after graduating from Stonehill College, where he was the Student Government Association Executive Finance Chair, the Class of 2019 Vice President and an Orientation leader for 3 years.

Daniel saw the opportunity to help the team start-up in Boston and couldn't resist the chance to be part of a new chapter of Understanding Recruitment.

1. Why did you decide to get into a career in recruitment?

Graduating from a university can be very overwhelming to all; which was the case for me. I was not sure what I wanted to do upon graduation, but I knew one thing; I wanted to make a positive impact in whatever I did. In recruitment, you are able to speak and connect to thousands of individuals changing their lives for the better. In addition, this career helps keep me stay up-to-date with the latest trends within the ML/AI industry as well as current events happening in people's lives, the best of both worlds! I could not have asked for a better career to help me gain a deeper knowledge of the candidates I work with, how to work closely within a team, and especially grow as an individual that I did not know was possible before!

 

2. What would your advice be to a graduate looking for a career in recruitment?

The best thing I’ve gained working at Understanding Recruitment is the care that goes into each interaction we encounter. As in, no matter who I may be speaking with listening, trying to understand, and responding in a caring matter goes a long way. The candidates I work with can tell we are not just a “typical” recruiting company; we work hard every day to make sure that all their needs/questions/concerns are met, if not exceeded. Their success is our success.

 

3. What’s the best thing about working at Understanding Recruitment?

It is the best experience to gain a deeper knowledge of what happens behind the scenes. You will have the chance to work with some of the brightest people in the world, leading innovative companies, and the chance to make the difference in the world we live in today!