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This article was originally published on Women in Recruitment's website on 29th October 2020.
Corrina Guerrero, Lead Recruiter, charts her personal career journey.
Tell us about your current leadership role?
Hi, I'm Corrina! I currently lead a team in the Life Sciences division in Meet's San Francisco office. Although I'm still relatively new to the role, it has been super rewarding so far! Before stepping up, I worked to be a role model within the business and support the other Managers in our SF office. As well as my people management role, I also assist our VP with leading our Diversity & Inclusive initiatives, a programme that's been an important addition to Meet's culture, especially right now when we're working remotely.
And the career journey that led you there?
I wouldn't say I had a "career journey" outside of Meet as I joined straight out of college, not really knowing what I wanted to do. At Meet, our SVP has played a huge role in my journey - he was also a big reason I wanted to join the business - as has my manager. They both believed in me and gave me the tools to grow into and do well in a leadership role. Over time, I've also had the opportunity to mentor, manage, and bring on my own accounts which are natural parts of developing a career in recruitment.
Are there any career-defining moments or people that helped shape your career in recruitment?
Yes, 100%! I had a rocky start but was supported by my managers and have found both career and personal growth from it. I also recently went through a few challenging months, but with support, I've been able to figure out why I wasn't performing as I usually would and bounce back. Having that experience has been a huge help now that I am forming my own team! Lastly, I think joining Meet when it was a small business has contributed to my success. When I joined, you just had to dive into whatever was thrown your way, which I did. We now have much more structure in place, and it's been amazing to develop with the business and impact how it's grown.
What would your advice be to your younger self?
I would say never get complacent; it is easy to take your foot off the pedal when you are doing well, but once you do that, you'll struggle in the long run. Recruitment is an industry that keeps you on your toes, and it's a brilliant feeling when you do a deal or bring on new clients, but you always need to be thinking about what comes next and how you are going to get yourself there.
What’s your biggest ambition/what inspires you?
What inspires me the most is creating opportunities for women and supporting them get into positions like the one that I'm in. But more specifically, being a Woman of Color, I want to pave the way for other Women of Color to take on leadership roles and know they can be really successful in this industry.