The reason recruitment is such a great fit for me is that I love people.

I love hearing people’s stories; their journey, goals they have achieved, companies they have built, adversity they have overcome; and innovations and personal growth they have initiated.

When I interview potential candidates, I like to delve beyond their skillset and understand the person.

I find people open up the more you engage with them and its amazing how much you could miss taking them at face value.

The most interesting and talented people, are often unaware of their abilities.

I learn so much from the people I meet, whether they be executive managers or students.  They teach me about business and life, and expand my world.

One of these moments was interviewing a really bright project management student.   He relocated to Sydney to study a Masters and kick start his career.

Like many new-comers, he knew no-one in Sydney so he threw himself into attending Project Management industry association meetings and other meet-up groups.

We talked in more detail about this and discussed how it was really challenging at first; a student new to the country with English as a second language.  He felt really uncomfortable attending meetings with senior project managers.

He then went on to tell me how rewarding it’s been and how much he has learnt so much about project management, just by engaging with project managers from different sectors.

My response was, that sometimes in life you have to put yourself outside of your comfort zone.

I went on to tell him that I personally have been reflecting on some of my greatest achievements in life and they all have one thing in common, they were all as a result of going outside of my comfort zone.

That’s when he remarked “outside of your comfort zone, that’s where the magic happens”.

It’s such a true statement; when I reflect on all the people I have interviewed, whether they be companies looking for staff, jobseekers or clients from my old career counselling business; their greatest successes have happened outside their comfort zone.

Companies have been started and grown, people have achieved their personal and career dreams, or delivered a piece of work against the odds.  All you have to do is read the bios of the world’s most successful leaders to see this very same pattern.

So, the next time you are reluctantly pushed outside of your comfort zone, remember the situation could end up being one of your biggest achievements.

Because outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.