PEARL Mentoring Program holds great promise for 2020 and into the future

Sixty-two rising stars of the Australian and New Zealand recruitment industry have signed up for RCSA’s 2020 PEARL (Professional, Emerging and Aspiring Recruitment Leader) Mentoring Program in their quest to be the best recruiters they possibly can.

And helping steer them towards a bright future will be 62 mentors who have already made their mark on the industry and are keen to help shape the recruitment leaders of the future.

RCSA Learning & Development Manager, Cheryll Seslija, who is the PEARL program lead, said this year’s mentors had already begun meeting with their mentees and the enthusiasm they had displayed was inspiring.

The PEARL program, which was introduced in 2011, is designed to provide RCSA members who are seeking to take their next career step with an opportunity to learn from their peers and gain new perspectives in leadership.

It aims to develop the capacity of the sector and nurture the talent of the recruitment consulting industry by encouraging communication between new and experienced professionals working in the field.

“When we asked the mentees the key areas of leadership development they wanted to work on with their mentors during PEARL, they listed areas such as creativity and innovation, building coaching skills and developing high-performance teams,” Cheryll said.

“Effective workplace conversations, EQ and social intelligence and building endurance also rated highly.

“That is hugely exciting because 77% of this year’s mentees have only been in the recruitment industry between five and nine years, and the goals they have set themselves during PEARL indicate they are of a very high quality and have big plans for the future.”

PEARL mentors and mentees are matched together based on their goals, objectives and professional background, and meet on a monthly basis over the course of a year to discuss and plan how to actualise those goals.

The program helps people in leadership roles and those aspiring to move into a leader role to build the essential skills required to manage current and future challenges of the recruitment and staffing industry.

Cheryll said the program’s mentors had been asked what they saw as the major challenges facing the next generation of recruitment leaders and had highlighted:

  • Keep upskilling and challenging yourself.

  • Authenticity and gaining buy-in from a collective.

  • Consistency in leadership in order to win the complete trust of your team.

  • Professional ethics and values.

  • High EQ, adaptability, integrity, resilience and ownership.

  • Grit and strategy.

“Whether they serve as a mentor or engage as a mentee, mentoring provides myriad benefits,” Cheryll said.

“For mentees, the experience can lead to greater career success through the exposure to new concepts, interests and opportunities for challenge.

“So, in 2020, we have 63 mentees who are looking to build their essential skills to manage and lead within the recruitment and staffing industry; and 63 mentors willing to pass the bar and share their knowledge to help develop leadership capabilities, while being attuned to perhaps new ways of work through their mentee’s experiences.

“That is such an exciting prospect for the recruitment industry in Australia and New Zealand.” Key mentors’ organisations joining PEARL for 2020 are Slade Group, Drake, MayDay Recruitment, Stellar Recruitment ( NZ), Six Degrees Executive, Clicks IT, Hudson, Toll Group and Salt Search Australia and New Zealand.

Key mentee organisations joining for 2020 are Sugarman Group, MayDay Recruitment, Workforce XS, Entrée Recruitment, 2XM Recruit, Inside Recruitment NZ, Stat Recruitment NZ and Viiew.

“RCSA is committed to supporting our new and emerging leaders, because we acknowledge that it takes a village to build our next generation of recruitment and staffing professionals,” Cheryll said.

“PEARL looks to trigger improvements towards resilience and coping skills as a new and or senior leader, providing continuous learning all the way.

“A massive congratulations to our class of 2020 mentees who have made the commitment to work with their mentor over the coming months on a number of key leadership areas and a big thank you to our mentors, both old and new, who are engaging through the development of our NextGen professionals.”

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