“I am a glutton for punishment? No, obviously I have a deep-rooted love of all things Chantel. To be very honest, I wasn’t that excited about the opportunity when she first reached out to me. But, once I sat down and talked to her about what RW was doing, I realized that we could have something here.” – Lance Anders, Recruiting Manager
The Resource Wranglers Sales & Marketing committee is featuring one Wrangler every couple of weeks across our social media channels.
This week, we feature Lance, Recruiting Manager at Resource Wranglers.
Lance’s First Job
Early in his career, Lance worked for Sears Hardware at the Cumberland Mall.
He used to wear an orange vest and sold paint, wrenches, and power saws.
Given that his father worked for Sears and the company was closer to his house, he ended up leaving his first job to work for Sears Men’s Shop at the Towne Center Mall. (He also got fired after a while, following the initial disappointment of his father.)
Lance’s first professional job, however, was as a salesman for IKON. He sold LOTS of paper.
Lance’s Early Career Goals
When he was younger, Lance always wanted to be either a Broadway singer or a frontman for a rock band.
“I always wanted to either be a Broadway singer or a frontman for a rock band. Came damn close to both, but ultimately it didn’t happen.”
He tried out for Grease, Les Mis, and Music Man, and got fairly far in the process. Unfortunately, even though he came close to all of them, it ultimately didn’t happen.
Lance’s band got as far as signing a developmental deal with Dreamworks for a year, but they were passed in favor of a band called 3 Doors Down (remember the 2000s?).
Somehow, he ended up working in recruiting.
Work Life During the Pandemic
When the pandemic hit, Lance had a contract working from home for Equifax and he was in the late stages of interviewing for a permanent role as a manager in their data-driven sales recruiting organization.
They let go all their contractors three days after his final check-in interview, but he was able to land a job with a company called Compass.
“I then was able to jump on with a company called Compass for almost a year before Chantel called me back to the herd.”
Why Lance ended up working at Resource Wranglers
Lance admits he has a deep-rooted love of all things Chantel.
“…once I sat down and talked to her about what RW was doing, I realized that we could have something here.“
Although he wasn’t that excited about the opportunity when she first reached out, once he sat down and talked to her about what Resource Wranglers was doing, he realized that was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
What Lance Loves most about his position at Resource Wranglers
Lance speaks a lot! So, naturally, he loves it when everyone listens to him and he is able to share his knowledge.
He realized that the very difficult times and staffing agencies he worked with gave him the drive to help recruiters NOT make the same mistakes he did.
The best part? He enjoys that Resource Wranglers supports and provides enough resources to help people grow in their professional careers.
He loves being a leader to his team:
“I love that I can be the leader I always wanted but never had (except Chantel of course)”
Lance also enjoys providing value to the company’s clients. He loves it when he is able to help our clients recognize the value Resource Wranglers brings.
Lance’s Final Words of Wisdom
- There are shitty components to the recruiting world.
- Candidates can suck, clients can suck. At the end of the day, it’s important to be satisfied with the work you’ve done and the effort you’ve put in.
- If you can go to bed at night knowing that you’ve done your best, you can rest easy (regardless of any cruel feedback from others).
“Very few professionals truly know what recruiting is or what they actually do from a process standpoint. It’s up to the recruiters to show them.”