Anna started her career in recruitment in 2004 after graduating from Psychology, with a specialization in Career Counseling. She joined Headhunters CEE as a Researcher, and was then promoted to Research Consultant. From 2011 to 2019 Anna worked directly with clients across various industries with a focus on board and board -1 level assignments across Europe, incl. CEO/COO for major international corporations, Sales & Marketing Directors, especially in FMCG and retail, CIO/CTO with a focus on digitalization and various finance roles, incl. SSC. Anna joined Career Angels in 2018. She works in Polish and English.
Why are you a Career Angel? What’s your favourite part of your work?
After 14 intensive years in Executive Search, hundreds of recruitment processes and thousands of candidates I know exactly what the companies are looking for in experienced managers. What I’ve always found worrying is that not the most competent candidate wins the recruitment process, but the best prepared one – sometimes, of course, they are the same person. I also saw how, by changing something just a bit during the interviews, a candidate could have made a much better impression. As far as my role allowed it, I shared tips and detailed briefings, but the ultimate responsibility to listen or be aware lay on the candidate’s side.
At Career Angels, I’m now fully on the candidate’s side. Working with conscious managers who want to improve, develop and advance is very rewarding!
What’s your life motto?
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
I agree with Abraham Lincoln – I can see that in my own life and in the lives of my clients. If you want to achieve something, work towards it without waiting. Don’t limit yourself only to reacting to the things and events that happen to you.
What’s the best & worst career advice that you have ever received?
The best career advice I have ever received was “to embrace technology and keep up with the trends”. It’s so easy to wake up one day and realize that you don’t understand almost half of your computer or phone, or what the next generation is talking about. I have once got stuck in a mindset of “what I know is comfortable and enough”, and have taken that advice to heart. I regularly challenge myself to make sure I keep up.
As to the worst career advice – it’s not one particular thing or person, but a life philosophy some people seem to have, “don’t be too ambitious and be happy with what you have.” This is a very limiting belief.