On this episode of the Talent Acquisition Leaders podcast, host Ryan Dull welcomes Brent Schreckengost, Director of Global Talent Acquisition at Calix. Calix provides cloud and software to communications service providers to enhance their subscribers’ experience.
Brent sums up his journey into the TA space, which started 15 years ago at a recruiting agency. He worked in several agency and in-house environments, making valuable connections along the way. He was brought in at Calix in April of 2021 to build their TA organization.
Before Brent got to Calix they were not very organized with their TA efforts, and they used several outside agencies. Brent saw that this wasn’t scalable so he set out to bring the function in-house. He has five recruiters and one sourcer on his team now, and it continues to grow.
Brent tells Ryan about the culture they have built, especially when it comes to employees recruiting talent, no matter what department they work in. These efforts have been successful, with referral hiring up 35%+ in one quarter.
He says that young talent coming into the TA space need to be careful not to get complacent. Complacency is the enemy of greatness. Solid advice.
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