Thinking Skills

A lot has changed in our workplaces since March 2020. It’s possible that you’re working from home full-time, or that your team’s size or composition has changed. Further, your function may have been altered to survive the pandemic.

As a result, when contrasted to your situation a year ago, it’s quite acceptable to feel a little disoriented or overwhelmed. To assist you, we’re providing key takeaways from a recent webinar with Simone White, Matthew Want, and Shakyra Campbell.

While the webinar’s focus was on helping assistants (PAs, EAs, and business assistants) in overcoming career difficulties, we believe the advice they offered is useful to practically everyone — especially recruiters.

Bring Your Entire Self to the Office

Shakyra Campbell stated during the webinar that we should strive to “be honestly [ourselves] at work.” On a fundamental level, you must know who you are and what your strengths and shortcomings are.

It’s also about ensuring that you continue to bring the distinct pieces of your personality to work. Over the last two months, many of us have witnessed different aspects of each other’s personal lives.

These glimpses of our colleagues’ personalities, whether it was a beloved pet or a treasured keepsake on the fridge door in the background of video conversations served as a bridge to bring us closer.

We must continue to bring these personal sides of ourselves into the office as many of us return to work. Because our personal and professional lives have become inextricably linked, having the confidence to demonstrate your authenticity is critical to your success in your role.

Develop Important Characteristics

If you’re feeling a little adrift, it can be a good idea to concentrate on honing skills that you know are necessary for you to succeed in your current position. Resilience is essential for recruiters, in addition to being truthful in all interactions.

We’ve all had a horrible day at work, a poor week, or a bad month. Those who can get back up after falling are the ones who will succeed in the long run. You probably have more than enough resilience if you’ve made it this far through the challenges of the past year!

Emotional intelligence (EQ), or the capacity to control your emotions in a constructive way for yourself and others, is another important quality for many people. This is something you can work on overtime by doing exercises, watching videos, and taking online courses, but getting started requires some self-reflection.

Consider this — how do you communicate? What is your reaction to criticism? What is your level of empathy for others? You can aid the prospects you’re dealing with by improving your emotional intelligence by empathizing with their circumstances and controlling their expectations.

Understand the Value of Networks, Sponsors, and Mentors

If you’ve ever considered seeking professional assistance from others, now is an excellent moment to do so. This can be accomplished by joining a network or cultivating a relationship with a sponsor or mentor.

Networking is beneficial since it allows you to connect with your peers. Furthermore, Simone White stated that a network might serve as a “catalyst for change” within your firm.

Inhouse Recruitment is an excellent example of a network because they provide specialized training as well as a community where you can interact with other recruiters. It’s also a good idea to check out social media to see if there are any online communities you can join.

Fostering a relationship with a sponsor differs from being a member of a network in that they can utilize their power and influence to help you advance your career. Because your boss is likely to be your job sponsor, it’s critical, to be honest with them about your long-term goals.

They should be willing to work with you to develop a strategy to get you where you want to go, and they should be loud in their support for your next promotion or training opportunities.

Mentors are people you look to for career guidance, coaching, and advice. Developing these relationships can help you design your next professional stages, so choose your mentors carefully!

A decent rule of thumb is to think about the job you’d like to have in three to five years and approach the person who now holds that position to see if they can help you get there. Remember that a mentor does not have to be a member of your organization or team. It can be anyone who you believe can provide you with helpful guidance.

Maintain Good Mental Health and Happiness

Some days are more difficult than others in the life of a recruiter. You might have to work late to fill a last-minute opening, or you might be flooded with candidate applications. While these situations are unavoidable in most cases, you should try to protect your time as much as possible.

This is because a healthy work/life balance is essential for happiness. One method to achieve this is to treat personal engagements with the same level of respect as professional ones. Inform your manager that you have a scheduled exercise class or a particular dinner reservation and that you must leave promptly.

The Bottomline

Matthew Want discussed the necessity of being upfront with your coworkers about times when you may be suffering from mental illness throughout the webinar. After all, they can’t help you if they don’t know you’re having problems.

The anticipation of returning to work is a major source of worry for many people right now. If you’re having trouble adjusting, talk to your boss about it; they should be able to step in and help you get back on track.

Although the pandemic may have caused a stop (or, in some circumstances, a step back) in your career, working arrangements are now shifting, and you should be able to resume your normal routine.

We hope the aforementioned pointers assist you in overcoming any hurdles you may be facing and allow you to emerge more equipped and eager to achieve your goals!

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Aiyaz, VP of Recruitment and Staffing

Aiyaz Uddin

VP, Recruitment and Staffing

With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Aiyaz brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team by strategically positioning clients to attract, engage, and pipeline the most sought-after talent in information technology utilizing open-source intelligence, talent solutions, and machine learning tools for federal and local government contracting firms, and commercial employers. Aiyaz has a proven track record of success in matching the right talent with the right opportunities, leading to long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.


As a leader in the industry, he is constantly seeking out new and innovative ways to improve our services and deliver the best results for our clients and job seekers.

Aiyaz is a certified tech recruitment professional with an MBA in Finance & Marketing along with M.Sc. Psychology. Additionally, his drive to seek new and innovative approaches to talent acquisition led him to speak on LinkedIn Talent Solutions by LinkedIn and HackerEarth’s Tech Recruiting Conference Hire 101.

Under Aiyaz 's leadership, XA Talent has become a trusted partner for companies looking to grow their teams and job seekers looking for their next great opportunity. Aiyaz and our team are committed to delivering an exceptional experience for everyone we work with.


Get in touch with XA Talent today, and let us help you find your next great opportunity.

Peyton Brooks, VP of Workforce Development

Peyton Brooks

VP, Workforce Development

As a firm believer in continuous development and self-improvement, I attained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Howard University and a Juris Doctor Degree from The George Washington University Law School.


My passion for service to the community drove me towards the workforce development industry, where I have been in active pursuit to change the trajectory of lives and shape communities ever since. With nearly a decade of experience doing so, I have helped thousands of individuals obtain access to more short-term, affordable, and convenient upskill and reskill opportunities across the nation.


Given my vast industry expertise, I provide management consulting services to workforce
development organizations helping them with customized solutions, specialized curricula, strategic partnerships, and employer engagement. My consulting leverages deep technical knowledge as well as strategic and tactical approaches to provide the best solutions with data-driven outcomes. 


My proven experience in building workforce development systems have led me to develop and evangelize best practices for workforce development programs that include the following outcome-based attributes:

– Livable wages and sustainable careers in high-demand industry sectors
– Job placement-focused programs with strong employer partnerships
– Data-driven understanding of regional skills gaps; and
– Comprehensive skills training that includes practical application work experience with career coaching.


My ability to thrive in the workforce development industry is attributed to my strong interpersonal skills, which have enhanced my capabilities to understand what people truly mean to communicate when attempting to express their business challenges. This trait has set me apart from the rest, as I can identify and resolve the root cause of challenges resulting in proper alignment of investment to desired business outcomes.


Therefore, as a leader of cooperative outcome-focused efforts, I would like to connect with
professionals who are interested in collaborating to improve communities and change the trajectory of lives through sustainable career attainment.

Abigail Jpones

Abigail Jones

Chief Marketing Officer

As a CMO passionate about innovative, results-driven marketing strategies, I help companies accelerate tech talent acquisition, enhance executive visibility, and build impactful brands. My entrepreneurial experience, including building startups in London, fuels my work as as a Chief Marketing Officer at XA Talent.

At 𝗫𝗔 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁, my role transcends traditional marketing, designing marketing strategies with talent in mind to strengthen talent pipelines and enhance company reputations. A successful organization begins with its people, and our approach ensures we attract individuals who can best contribute to and thrive within your organizational culture. These strategies are continuously refined in response to technological disruption, ensuring that securing brilliant minds enables your company to grow consistently and achieve its broader goals, furthering your mission to make a meaningful societal impact.

We specialize in tech talent acquisition and executive search while working closely with CEOs and senior leaders to manage their executive branding, which significantly impacts and enhances their employer brand. This collaboration enables them to hire on demand, build influential alliances, and foster advocacy for sustained business growth.

Additionally, I provide 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗠𝗢 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀, helping companies develop strategic marketing plans, drive thought leadership to enhance brand visibility. As a speaker, I share insights on entrepreneurship and marketing, aiming to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders. My mission is to merge innovative marketing strategies with recruitment solutions to foster talent development and organizational growth.

When I’m not strategizing, you can find me attending marketing events and exploring new technologies and trends to bring fresh perspectives to the table.

Personally, I have lived in five countries – Malaysia, Australia, Dubai, the UK, and the US.

✈️an avid traveler
📑completed my MBA in London
👩🏽‍🍳love to experiment with new recipes at home
🤸🏽‍♀️absolutely love Pilates to strengthen my mind and body!

If you are interested in learning how to use your voice to build a strong workforce, connect with me and stay updated with my latest insights.

Evan Jones, Founder and CEO

Evan Jones

Founder and CEO

After 20 years of delivering IT management consulting and infrastructure operations & management services to the federal government (XA Systems, LLC and hiring thousands of employees over the years, Evan and his team have developed a system that scales a company's personnel recruitment with culture-driven candidates who contribute to the success of the business.


As a technology-based business focused on continual process improvement, the methods he and his team have developed have been improved over the years and are centered on employer branding and recruitment marketing that results in a pipeline of engaged candidates ready to be hired on demand. He believes every business can succeed and create an impact if they are willing to take uncomfortable action with the right tools and knowledge. He’s determined to stand in the gap and provide the tools and knowledge businesses need.


To date, he has played a role in the growth and development of more than 30 companies. He has worked behind the scenes of SMBs and massive 8 to 10-figure companies helping them overhaul their processes, reinvent their recruitment marketing strategies, and drive growth, both in net profit and an overall employer reach into job seeker communities.


With a passion for business transformation, Evan has developed his own technology, an enterprise SaaS solution, ServeOptics, that delivers service support performance metrics to IT leaders who need actionable insights to make informed business decisions. The more visibility of operations that exists with real-time performance metrics and automated reporting, the more efficient and effective companies can be in their service support operations, which enables a business to gain a significant competitive advantage in their industry.


Evan is interested in connecting with forward-thinking business professionals who want to collaborate on business opportunities or discuss how his recruitment system can enable a business to attract top-tier candidates, employ on-demand, and retain its best employees.