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My name is Boluwatife, and here is a glimpse into a typical day in my life as ParallelScore’s talent coordinator. Firstly, let me tell you how I came to get this job. Following a casual conversation with a former colleague at my previous workplace, I was referred for the position, which launched my career as a Human Resource Manager. Since I currently had working experience in the Human Resources administrative industry, the transition to ParallelScore wasn’t too difficult.

Although I found my interview process to be somewhat awkward and unlike the usual interview process, my boss did treat me like I already had the job at the first meeting and this made me more comfortable to speak out. I also had an onboarding session and was introduced to the way work was conducted on my first day, which was not the usual show you to your desk and assign you to a workstation.

During a particular instance, I felt oddly displaced when it came to lunchtime. I had packed my own lunch from home, not knowing that ParallelScore would provide free lunch to us. Due to COVID19, our physical workdays in the office were cut short and we are now working remotely. Initially, the remote culture took me by surprise since I had no experience with it, but with time and all the communication channels we had, I eventually became accustomed to it. Here is how a day in my life looks like.

10:00 AM

10:00 AM is the start time for the Standup meeting. We usually have over 20 people on the Zoom call. Truth be told, these standup meetings have helped me keep track and communicate better with my team across the board as well as learn new tools. During the meeting, the members of the team report on their current projects and prospective projects. Usually, it lasts for 30 minutes. Members of our team actively participate in the project we are working on together. We can track our progress using Microsoft Azure DevOps with ease. As a result of the standup, the workload is distributed evenly and everyone knows what they are responsible for. If you are part of a team, it is important to make standup meetings a standard part of your workflow. My favourite aspect of the company is that we do not micromanage anyone and all ideas are always welcome. 

11:00 AM

In preparation for a job interview, I’ve compiled a list of potential candidates in a spreadsheet. Our interview format usually goes this way. Candidates are given a task to complete, and if they succeed, they advance to the next stage of the interview process. Our questioning process helps us understand their thought process, and if they qualify for the job, we hire them. I appreciate the fact that I can relate to the candidates I am interviewing since I have been there myself. I remember my first job was to hire another UI/UX Designer for the company. This was the first of many roles I have had to fill throughout my time with the organization. Being involved in the process at such an early stage, and seeing the business side of things, is very rewarding to me. 

12:00 PM

The operations team and I are called into a meeting to discuss the team’s goals. There were some issues at hand that we tackled, and each team member has been checked on for progress. Whenever there is a conflict or issue with an employee, I do my best to resolve it. I also have a clear understanding of what we are working on. Developing policies and structures around the organizational goal has also been fun. Parallelscore has established itself as a place where you can work and learn on the job. However, we are primarily focused on learning fast.

1:00 PM

It’s time for a job interview. As the talent coordinator, I get ready to talk to the candidates who are applying for jobs in the company. My mission is to hire people who will best fit the profile of the company. Each piece of resume that comes to the HR department goes through a careful evaluation process. It’s not just about the candidate’s knowledge; we also look for their attitude, their communication skills and their flexibility. The interview process is crucial because it helps us understand people more deeply, and it also helps candidates gain insight. It’s important for me to loop in other employees on the company so they can help with the process too.

2:00 PM

Implementing a strategy to hire new and better employees is a complex endeavour. As soon as the interview process is complete, I summarize new applications in order to succinctly evaluate each candidate. I also take note of the applicants’ strengths and weaknesses and prepare reviews for my superior. Here, I am involved in candidate screening. In cases where a suitable candidate applies, I highlight him/her to the recruitment team. 

3:00 PM

I prepare very important official documents such as offer letters and client proposals. My other duties include sending emails and making important phone calls.

4:00 PM

I use Linkedin to reach out to more talented prospects to join our team. Social media is a great way to contact and connect with people. Linkedin is especially good for this because it’s geared towards professionals. As most of us know, It is a place where you can connect with other professionals to discuss business topics, share articles and other great content and also source talent. Once I have found prospective employees on the platform, I go through their profiles and send them a message if I’m happy with what I see. They are directed to our website to apply for the positions. 

5:00 PM

My current task is to compile the applications that have been reviewed. Additionally, I examined a  test website and I recorded my observations. 

A typical day in my life looks like this. How about yours?
Amaka Odozi

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