Steve Harwan is a Senior Technical Recruiter at Johnson Service Group. He has over 30 years of recruiting experience and works for our Blue Bell, PA office. We sat down with him and asked him a few questions about his impressive career in the staffing and recruiting industry. Read what Steve had to say!
After two long stints with other recruiting firms, what made you decide to join the JSG team last year?
I started as an engineering recruiter a “few” years ago. As a result, I have developed a strong background in recruiting for engineering roles. I have worked with both Ed Zetusky and Mike Adelman, Senior Vice Presidents of JSG, in the past. After having a conversation with Ed and Mike and after some organizational changes with the firm I was working for previously, I decided to make the transition to JSG.
It’s been an excellent leap so far! JSG’s expertise in the engineering industry is a great match for my background and skillsets.
You’ve been in the staffing and recruiting industry for over 30 years. How has it changed over time and what changes are you currently seeing in the industry?
Over the last couple of years, it’s become more difficult to find people interested in contract work. With the current state of the job market, workers have numerous job opportunities at their disposal. We have to be more creative when trying to attract contract workers.
And with technology changes throughout the years, the way we communicate with clients and candidates has drastically transformed. It’s easier to build relationships with both clients and candidates now that we have many different communication methods, such as texting and emailing.
What are some of the keys that have made your career as a recruiter successful over the years?
One thing that has helped me be successful in my career is having the mindset that you can get it done and that you can always find somebody. Whether it’s finding a talented candidate or partnering with a new client, if there is a will, there’s a way.
Another key to my success is always let people know that you are looking. You have to continue to reach out to people and if you consistently do that, you will eventually find the right people for the job.