Miguel Boland knew QuestGroup was a fit from the start. He notes: “during the interview process, I sensed that it was the identity of the management to put people first,” citing a genuine “gut-feeling.” This assumption has held steadfast; Miguel affirms that Quest is the one place he’s worked where he “truly feels that the management and ownership cares about the members.” The management “puts individuals first over short-term successes,” valuing employees ahead of any other factor.
Miguel concedes that the most difficult part about recruiting in technology is “finding the right person, given the way of the market.” In the technology field “it’s a candidate market, so they had multiple opportunities” presented to them at once.
In interviewing candidates, Miguel finds the most “gratifying” phase of the process to be getting acquainted with a candidate’s background. He recalls “I love having random conversations about someone’s heritage and background.” It’s a life-enriching practice that helps him to “learn through people.” This, he hopes, dispels the potential myth that recruiters don’t personally care for their candidates. “I know a lot of individuals who truly care,” though, he concedes “as humans, we might not always be perfect in execution” and in expressing that deeply-felt connection.
When Miguel isn’t recruiting, he spends lots of his time cycling or running. His long-term personal goal is to complete a marathon in every state; he ran in Maine this past June and completed New Jersey earlier this year. He is looking to hit West Virginia and Indiana later this year. This goal encourages exploration--a similar concept to how Miguel approaches candidates. In a way, Miguel travels through people while interviewing, learning their experiences and stories firsthand.
After 15 years in the staffing industry, Miguel joined QuestGroup in January 2014. He is a die-hard University of Miami ‘Cane who started his career with TEKSystems as a IT Recruiter after graduating college. He was soon promoted to an Account Executive. Prompted by the effects of September 11th, Miguel moved to Orlando where he started with Robert Half Technology and simultaneously pursued a Masters in Information Systems at the University of Central Florida. At Robert Half, Miguel held multiple roles that ranged from IT Recruiter, Sales Executive, Division Director, Vice President of National Accounts, and, ultimately, Regional Vice President.
After this endeavor, Miguel wanted to, as he’s put it, “step out on a ledge and work for a smaller organization.” He did so by launching the Atlanta IT practice for Fahrenheit IT, a division of Global Employment Solutions. Once Fahrenheit was sold, Miguel found his way to QG to start up our Technology Practice. He now also helps to manage the Professional Staffing Services division and partners with our Financial Staffing practice.
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