She’s responsible for recruiting top IT and Telco talent in Turkey, plus she knows a thing or two about South Korean hip hop and the joys of parenting! Introducing our Talent Acquisition Manager Dragana Mlačić…
How long have you worked for Manning Global and what made you choose a career in recruitment?
Almost seven years. A friend of mine recommended that I should apply due to the fact that the Croatian office was a new set-up so there was plenty of room for growth – not often the case in most companies in the Croatian market.
What was your first day like in the office?
Hectic! Truth be told for the first two months I was positive that I will not make it in this area. The amount of technical knowledge I had to assimilate to be productive was by far the most difficult factor of it. Once you get ‘hooked’ and start enjoying the thrill of it all that’s when the results start pouring in and the rest is, as they say, history!
What is the best thing about your job at Manning Global?
International environment, promotions based on merit and not seniority, constant learning and chasing of deals… never a dull day at Manning Global!
What qualities do you need to succeed at Manning Global?
You need to be genuinely curious about people and technology. Eager to learn and able to work without being managed a lot. The best people in this field are the ones who are organised, fast and able to connect with their candidates. Oh, and a dash of personality certainly helps! If you are just looking for a job, this is not the right role for you. This is more of a lifestyle choice and not a career. In this era of smartphones and constant availability we are always on the hunt for the next great candidate. You need to enjoy the chase – even after 5pm!
What is your advice to someone considering a career with Manning Global?
If you are multilingual and up for challenges, just reach out as the first step. In the next stage be prepared for constant learning because there will never come a day when you will know everything in this job. Some might find it frustrating but the way I see it it’s actually the biggest advantage of working in recruitment.
What are your thoughts on artificial intelligence in recruitment?
According to some estimations AI will take over around 20% of HR-related roles within the next 10 years. Rather than looking at it as losing jobs, the focus should be on the positives that it brings: faster targeting of candidates; faster selection process and recruiters time will free up with the addition of new technology. Which will mean more time to speak with the candidates, to network, to talk etc. Because, let’s be honest, it will never be able to replace a good recruiter as candidate relationship is absolutely crucial when it comes to making deals.
What’s your essential advice for graduates looking to take their first step on the career ladder?
Dream big but don’t not hesitate to start at the bottom.
Speaking of starting your career, what was your first ever job?
Preparing anchovies for salting in a small family run factory as a student. What can I say, small town, not many choices and a girl needs to earn her allowance.
And your dream job when you were young?
I wanted to be a veterinarian. I think the younger me was trying to compensate for the fact that I was never allowed to have pets in the house!
What’s your proudest working accomplishment?
When I see people I hired and trained doing well and actually enjoying this as much as I do.
Name your coolest work trip…
Timisoara, Romania in 2015. I had a shady looking driver named Vlad driving me across the country and the entire thing felt like an episode of The X-Files!
Enough about work, let’s get to know the real Dragana… what are your hobbies?
Pushing my own luck and jumping to conclusions. Trying to get as much sleep as I can and doing my blog for not-so-perfect mums (as it turns out it’s a huge audience).
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Work hard and be nice to people. That will get you far in any aspect of your life from work to family and friends.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Anything that gets me an available and willing candidate every time would be great, thank you!
Finally, what’s your life motto?
Life is short, eat that chocolate! Come to think of it this brings me to a whole new set of issues but we don’t have time to cover that…