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I once came across this intriguing remark regarding trust:

"The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you."

Indeed, trust may bring positive aspects to everyone in our lives. When deciding to pursue a headhunting career with Navigos Search, I'm also convinced that building trust with my clients, candidates, and business partners will be the key to our mutual success.

I once got the chance to connect and assist a prospective employee for a very alluring position Navigos Search customers were seeking. The candidate would be able to entirely satisfy the stringent requirements from employers and go further into the final interview rounds with substantial research experience and academic background as a Master of Quantitative Finance from a nation known for its mathematical prowess.

The candidate and I regularly kept in touch throughout that journey to exchange information about the position. Additionally, I discuss any guidelines or considerations that can help interviews run more successfully. After three interview rounds, the applicant contacted me with just one inquiry: "I have two issues that I want your opinion on. Can I call you via Linkedin?".

Through that question, the candidate had to worry a lot before sharing it with me. The following day, the candidate contacted and hesitantly asked: "You're like a psychiatrist, right?" You won't tell anyone what I share, will you?" I answered firmly: "That's right." Then, the candidate opened up and told me about two things that worried the candidate, as well as asked for my advice:

First, the candidate was confident and aggressive, sometimes wanting to dominate others.

Second, the candidate needed more practical experience, so the working tendency is still instinctive and less effective.

I needed more time to communicate and work with the candidate to provide the most thorough evaluation possible from the viewpoint of a human resources professional. However, because the applicant was honest and trusted me, I also shared my opinions to give a relevant view that would help the applicant advance and perform better in front of employers during the final interview stage.

"After observing and talking with you, I can tell you have a reason to be very confident. There is nothing wrong with young people having a secure and assertive attitude. I wasn't shocked by this and didn't see anything wrong with that aggression and confidence.

On the other hand, in the early stages of your profession, humility, listening, and cooperation will enable you to gain valuable knowledge from your forebears and serve as a vital stepping stone.

So, to get started, pick a formal, systematic environment. You may create in your way once you have adequate capacity.

You should look to those who have succeeded; your parents should be mentioned as they are also successful individuals.

My candidate felt like releasing a lot of burdens and knew what to do after confiding for more than an hour. The applicant expressed gratitude and shared more: "When I was looking for a new career path, you were the first to find me and offer advice. I will only contact you if I need any information or assistance regarding working in Vietnam, even though I get a lot of offers about other opportunities. I was genuinely pleased and appreciative of the candidate's trust, which increased my confidence in the value of faith in life and a general headhunting career.

So, what is the value of trust, in your perspective? As a headhunter, it is my empathy to help applicants realize their professional goals.

I once partnered with a candidate with over twelve years of banking and finance experience at reputable companies. She was then employed by one of the world's top consulting firms in a prominent role. I was a little concerned about her "significant" profile; was she open to trying for a new opportunity that the customers of Navigos Search were seeking?

In contrast to my worries, when I contacted her, she was willing to talk to me about her work, life, and aspirations for future changes in her profession. Her previous career at that point was highly intriguing and paid well, but it also came with a lot of pressure and demanded much attention away from her family and herself. I recognized those challenges and persuaded her to apply with me as the new position I presented ensured a work-life balance and included a comparable professional setting.

Following the initial interview round, I scheduled a follow-up meeting to discuss the interview process and provide her with employer information, helping her to have the most precise impression of the company she was applying to. In addition, I sensed that woman's tenacity and grit from the stories she shared. However, I also understand she needs time to recuperate and tend to her dear family.

The question, "What do you regret most in life?" unexpectedly left her feeling really mixed up in the next round of interviews. It took her almost ten minutes to express and receive sympathy and share reviews, experiences, and the interviewer's extremely straightforward and honest assessment of the business.

I was first worried about her, but after that special interview, she revealed her genuine wish: to take it leisurely, pick up her kids from school, spend the weekend with them, and see them grow up day by day—rather than working nonstop from dawn to night. I am ecstatic for her. Together with me, she enjoyed our journey as I assisted her in locating a suitable "landing" and advancing toward her ideal job.

Two stories, two different journeys, yet they both came to a beautiful conclusion that promised both candidates a bright future. I want to felicitate the candidates and myself for daring to "live the journey."

You know, choosing a fulfilling career is not without its problems. Whenever we decide to shift in our professional path, it's a tough decision that needs serious consideration. Regardless of how smart you are or how much job experience you have, more than a headhunter, you will always need someone to share with, support, and help you grow. With the recruiting specialists at Navigos Search, I promise to be a dependable travel partner for candidates while we search for a meaningful and happy career.

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