Almost thirty years ago, when giant minicomputer companies ruled the earth, I left my safe and predictable career as a hardware engineer to begin a new adventure as a technology recruiter, and discovered — somewhat amazingly, given that I see myself as somewhat of a polite introvert — that not only did I like building relationships, uncovering needs of clients and candidates, and making matches, but I was pretty good at it.
Recruiting has been an amazing career for me since that day in 1987 when I switched gears, I learned the business at Winter Wyman, a well-established large recruiting firm, then co-founded Lynx, Inc., a smaller agency, and spent the last 23 years there. But eventually I got the itch to follow in my late father’s footsteps, and be a “one man band.”
Now, it’s time for “Act 4” for me, with the launching of Oculus Search Partners. My goal here is to be very small (just me), yet have a big impact by working very closely with just a handful of great client companies and candidates at a time.
Why Oculus? My talented wife, Jan, came up with the name. I didn’t know, and maybe you don’t either, that oculus is Latin for eye, which seemed to fit a business that searches out the best and brightest, and in design, an oculus is an round, eye-like opening, sometimes in a dome or ceiling, that lets in light, which also made sense. And lastly, the French call it an oeil de boeuf, or “bulls-eye”, which sealed the deal — what recruiting firm doesn’t want to hit bulls-eyes? I put the word “Partners” in the name, because I want to be a true partner to those companies looking for the best talent, and to individuals who want to find their next meaningful career opportunity.
I’m excited for what’s to come, and I look forward to connecting with you. On to Week Two!