At the core of Agentum you’ll find our agents – the 1500 people who hold our entire business model up and running. They are the people who give us insight into their networks and share their knowledge of great people, so that we can reach out with open positions to the right ones.
Therefore we want to introduce Elin, Head of Product Line Kitchen at Electrolux and long time Agent at Agentum. She is one of our most active Agents with recommendations to over 50% of the jobs we have posted. Here’s what Elin has to say about her career, Agentum and her strategy to find the right candidates to recommend.
For how long have you been an Agent at Agentum?
I became an Agent back in 2012, so I have been with Agentum for quite some time and it is now exciting to see the company back on track with a great team in place to take Agentum to the next level!
Tell us a bit about yourself and you background.
I was born and raised in Gothenburg and I am an Uppsala University alumni. After studying business in the best student city in Sweden, I moved to Stockholm to start my career at Procter & Gamble. I’ve always found the FMCG-industry very exciting so it was perfect for me to begin my career at P&G where I held positions within Supply Chain, Key Account Management and Category Management. I learned a lot during my time at P&G but after 7 years I felt that it was time for a change and to broaden my horizon. My initial plan was to move towards a smaller and more entrepreneurial company but ironically I ended up at one of Sweden’s largest companies, Electrolux, in an amazing position as Head of Product Line Kitchen. Today I am happy it did not go as initially planned, as I feel this was in the end the perfect opportunity for me. It’s funny that sometimes when something does not go as planned, it might actually end up even better than initially imagined. At Electrolux, I’m currently responsible for sales of the kitchen Channel in the Nordic region i.e. the sales team working towards kitchen stores.
You are one of our most active Agents, with recommendations to over 50% of our jobs. What is your strategy to find the best candidates in your network?
Wow, that is amazing to hear! Well, I have been very happy every time someone else has recommended me to a job and therefore I try to think high and low whenever a new job is posted in the network. The people I recommend will only be flattered, so both I and my candidates have nothing to loose if I recommend them. Also, I focus on matching the personality and the profile with my network rather than trying to find the exact match when it comes to industry experience. I believe that you can be successful in most jobs if you have the right attitude, personality and desire even though you might lack a bit in industry experience. Lastly, I genuinely find joy in helping a friend or acquaintance to find the perfect job for them, and thanks to the Agentum model I can do so without actually working as a recruiter myself.
Is there anything you would like us at Agentum to do more of?
I believe that Agentum is on the right track going forward and I appreciate the opportunity to attend interesting breakfast seminars where I can meet new people and learn something exciting. In the future, I think it would be great with more opportunities to meet other Agents in different settings, maybe a lunch to discuss an interesting topic or something similar – in short, explore the opportunity to engage the network and the Agents more.