Name: Jamiah Elijah Hargins
Current Role: Senior Recruitment Manager, Edgility Consulting
Length in Current Role: 3 months
What made you choose your career path: I love my job. Since junior high, I’ve always helped friends with resumes, interview preparation, and career advice. So when I discovered how naturally that translated into executive headhunting, I jumped at the opportunity. More importantly, my role allows exponential impact in areas that not only have the greatest need, but also require the brightest talent in order to be successful. For instance, I get to find 12-15 executive leaders of education and non-profit organizations who impact hundreds or thousands of students, families, and communities across the nation. That’s impact.
Favorite thing about what I get to do everyday: Thinking about the village of folks who have guided my career toward my convictions for equity and pulse for creativity, I feel it is my obligation to serve in the same capacity for others. I enjoy connecting passion and career strategy together through relationship building to genuinely get to know our clients’ and candidates’ interests.
Person/Place/Thing That Best Exemplifies Me: Hustle. All day, everyday. Let your competition rest.
My Superpower: I quickly connect with people in deep ways. Growing up as a “military brat” we were trained to quickly adapt to new environments and make friends with folk from a variety of backgrounds. And as an adult, I call this EMPATHY, and it guides all of my decisions, judgments and opinions.
If empathy were applied to business, politics, religion, and every other aspect of our society, we could move mountains!
Best lesson learned from a mentor or someone I admire: Care for others, and you will always be cared-for. (thanks Ty)
What I do to make lemonade out of lemons on my toughest days:
1. Do the hard stuff first. You’ll thank yourself later.
2. Prioritize ruthlessly.
3. If you feel behind, wake up an hour earlier each day until you feel caught up. It seems to work every time.
What education equity means to me: Access, high expectations, and community support.
My favorite thing to do to relax and rejuvenate: I have a spiritual connection to forests and large bodies of water. So any day I get sand in my toes is a good day! I am also an active supporter of cannabis policy reform and regulated medicinal wellness.
The practices/habits that help keep me grounded and maintain perspective when I’m feeling stressed, overworked, or unmotivated are: Recently I’ve begun reading Taoist texts, which have helped me focus on my own goals, block out distractions, and allow my path to define itself.
I’m also an early-bird. I start working around 5:30am each morning because I have the freshest perspective, most creativity, and least variety of distractions at that hour. The progress I make helps alleviate that stress.
Physical fitness is important too. I love racquetball, cycling, and dancing (samba).
Who I turn to for advice or guidance when I need career direction: Generally nobody knows what to say to me. Haha! My interests are grounded in equity and empathy, but my career perspective is more dynamic than linear. Though recently, lifestyle has mattered much more than when I was fresh out of college!
The advice I’d give to someone trying to find their career sweet spot: Look inward first – what does your heart say? I PROMISE you if you listen, you’ll be more successful down that path than you would forcing a square peg into a round hole. Ignore salary – if you’re hot enough, you might get paid better than before. Ignore peer influence – you’ll be admired for following your own goals rather than someone else’s. Overcome failures quickly – you’re suddenly better equipped than the competition because of your recent lesson.
Overall, just know that everything will be OK. Whether you need to pivot your career toward something more important or take a career breather to reevaluate things, it’ll be OK!
Connect with Jamiah at firstname.lastname@example.org.