Teaching is one of the most powerful elements of our industry. We are teachers on so many courses as we lead our candidates to great jobs and our coworkers to navigate a successful strategy to source and recruit the right candidate in the first place.

It is our responsibility as part of this community to teach each other, too. While we may have competition when it comes to the bottom line, if every recruiter is pursuing people in a way that puts their interests and values first – we all win. A better reputation for recruiting means more callbacks, more conversations and more placements.

To get there, we have to create new environments to facilitate conversations and coach each other on what we’ve learned. That’s what RecruitingLive is all about – learning. We’re hosting live chats with the best in recruiting and sourcing so newcomers and old-timers alike can see what best in class really means.

This week on RecruitingLive, my guest is someone who’s fun and funny. He’s truly one of the good guys when it comes to recruiting. His name is David Nicola and he’s the kind of recruiter whose energy is contagious and has ideas guaranteed to make you think. On countless occasions, I’ve seen him offer sincere help even in the spammiest of situations without the side of sarcasm and snark that’s all too frequent in our industry. You’re guaranteed to laugh and learn with David on the line.

Proof: I asked David why he’s a recruiter. Here’s what he said:

I love making a positive difference in people’s lives and helping them grow in their careers. Sure, there are times when it sucks and things don’t go your way, but I’ve dealt with and seen a lot worse. So when a candidate flakes out and doesn’t show for their interview, or I lose a candidate to my competitor, or get told “NO” a thousand times a day for the jobs I’m trying to fill, I can deal with it, adapt, and move on. You have to have thick skin; it’s also about having a larger life perspective. I do love Amy Miller’s quote though, “Recruiting would be easy if it wasn’t for people.”

See you there.

By Katrina Kibben

RecruitingDaily contributing writer and editor.  I am a storyteller. A tactical problem solver. A curious mind. A data nerd. With that unique filter, I work to craft messages that strategically improve the perceptions and experiences of our clients, the people they employ and the candidates they wish to attract. I methodically review and collect research and insights to offer solution-based recommendations that meet the one-off, and not so one-off, recruiting and employer branding problems of today's global employers.