"My grandparents always asked me what I wanted to do," says Julie Garcia, RN, a labor and delivery nurse in California, "and I always knew that I wanted to help people or animals. It just happened that nursing worked out!"
We caught up with Julie, a Relode Agent who first learned about Relode through Facebook, to find out more about her agent experience, get her pointers on the process and to find out how she's enjoyed fulfillment in helping a friend find his perfect job.
How did you know that your candidate would be a good fit for this job?
I knew William — the candidate I referred for the job — for years because I used to work with him on an ambulance, and we would transport patients between hospitals during our shifts. We only worked together for a few years but became friends and would often stay in touch through Facebook. When I signed up as a Relode agent and viewed the jobs, I knew that he would be a great fit for the RN:ED position in San Jose, CA, because of his work experience. So, I reached out to him over Facebook and shared the job with him. From there, he applied, started the interview process and was hired within the month. I was so happy for him when he got the job because I knew the hours would be good fit for him.
What do you think of Relode compared to traditional hiring?
I was really excited when I heard about Relode because it puts the hiring process in the hands of healthcare professionals who know the best candidates. I knew William was the perfect fit for this job, and to have the ability and power to advocate for him was great. Additionally, as a healthcare professional, it’s very easy to grow a large network of friends and colleagues over the years and know what hospitals are looking for in candidates. Because I know my friends, healthcare as an industry and qualifications of the job, Relode just makes sense to use as a healthcare professional because it puts everything in one place. I’m literally getting paid to refer my network.
With traditional hiring or recruiting companies, the recruiters get the money, not the healthcare professionals. A lot of times they’ll ask me if I know anyone else for the job, but they get paid for my referral. With Relode, I get to use my network, and I get to have access to hundreds of jobs, but this time, I get paid. It’s a win-win for everybody. There are jobs on Relode for everybody, which is awesome because the odds of knowing someone to fill one of the positions are great. I also have never seen a company that cares so much about everyone’s experience. Relode takes the time to understand its agents, candidates and clients and to make the perfect match. It’s a team effort!
How was the process?
The process was super easy. I actually couldn’t believe how easy it was. Relode gave me the tools to communicate over Facebook, and it was so easy to do. Additionally, I was able to get his resume and make suggestions for what he could do to change it because I had worked with him and knew he was missing some information that would help him stand out. It was easy to upload William’s resume on Relode and create his profile. It took less than 5 minutes. Additionally, one of the Account Executives reached out immediately and kept in touch through email and phone calls during the entire process. It really felt like we were a team working towards one goal.
What tips and tricks would you offer other Relode Agents?
The thing I did — and how I was able to get the second hire — was I posted it on our local nursing Facebook group. Facebook is a wonderful tool to reach out to your family and friends and help others out in particular jobs. I phrased it as, “I’m working with a hospital and I will help review your resume for this job.”
How did you establish a relationship with your Account Executive?
The relationship went really well. The Account Executive reached out to me via Relode and emailed, and we got communicating about the role and expectations. The Account Executives were quick to answer every question and communicate effectively. I felt like I was a part of the team.
Do you have any advice for new Relode Agents to help with the onboarding process?
I would recommend knowing what jobs are located in your area. It’s initially overwhelming because there are a lot of positions in the Relode platform, but familiarizing yourself with the positions will help a lot when sharing with friends!
When you're ready to help your friend(s) land his or her dream job, find out how to become a Relode Agent (it's free!), and then get starting leveraging your network.