Don’t Focus on Formal Work Experience – Focus on Potential

As fall is fast approaching, we continue to spotlight more of the great speakers joining us at this year’s SAAS NORTH.

Today we would like to introduce you to Yiorgos Boudouris, a Toronto based recruitment manager with over 10 years experience in his field, and many accomplishments along the way. Not only is Yiorgos Boudouris the Manager of Talent Attraction at Jobber, he is also the founder of Acts of Greatness, a non-profit that offers community awards to LGBTQ youth celebrating their accomplishments, Winner of Workforce Magazine 2014 Game Changers Award, and a passionate pro who cares about bringing people together and finding opportunities that help make a difference at work.

-This year you’ll be moderating the session Recruiting and Building a World-Class Team: There are times when you ought to consider hiring outside the lines. Can you share 1 or 2 key points on why this topic this important?


Yiorgos – Generally, this topic is important to me because I think we need to hold each other accountable to bettering recruitment processes. I’m far from being a perfect recruiter but I’m happy that I can acknowledge the need to be better.

Something I’ve focused on lately is how to support unsuccessful candidates after I’ve released them from the interview process. This is a way to see outside the traditional hiring lines. I meet a lot of amazing folks who might not be a good fit for the role I’m recruiting for. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to excel at another company. So I’ve started to ask candidates I release from the interview process if I can help set them up with other companies. Essentially, share their profiles with my peers and help land them an opportunity. Being able to do so feels quite rewarding.


-Can you share the 3 defining moments of your career?

Yiorgos – A defining moment is when I joined the recruiting team at Benevity. I had never worked in tech and had certainly never recruited for technical roles before either. Still, they saw the potential in me and how I lived their organizational values. If it wasn’t for Benevity taking a chance on me, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

My experience serves as a reminder for those of us who work in tech. We’re often obsessed with finding folks who come from our same industry, “Oh, you’ve only worked for enterprises? No thanks.” / “You don’t have SaaS experience? Thank you, next.” I think that’s shortsighted and means we’re missing out on a bunch of people. Don’t just focus on formal work experience – focus on potential. 

I also moved from Calgary to Toronto in May 2016. The tech ecosystem in Toronto is so vibrant. It’s clear to me that many of the opportunities I’ve had are a result of the community here and how I think at our core, we’re focused on supporting one another.

Lastly, about five years ago I started a nonprofit called Acts of Greatness. Acts of Greatness is all about empowering LGBTQ youth to be who they were born to be. We have a unique community awards program that helps support LGBTQ youth achieve their full leadership potential. Acts of Greatness has made even more impassioned to further support equity programs in the workplace. I see it as my job, not an extracurricular.


-What do you think are the 1 or 2 things related to HR that SaaS companies need to be extremely conscious of today?

Yiorgos – When it comes to hiring, it’s a matter of being empathetic. Empathy should drive recruitment processes.

Whenever I’m training teams on interviewing or building out recruitment strategies, I always include the phrase, “Remember what it’s like to be interviewed yourself.” 

I interview people all day, but I dislike being interviewed. I get nervous, I end up talking too much and forget everything I’ve accomplished in my career. It’s such an impersonal process. So it’s important for recruiters and anyone in the interview process to just remember what it’s like when they’ve gone through the process themselves. Be kind. Be flexible. Be attentive. And of course, be empathetic. 


-What do you do to combat burnout?

Yiorgos – I think it’s important to have boundaries. I’ll do as many interviews, coffee meets, etc. throughout the day, knowing that I have time in the evening to myself to recharge. I’m very protective over that evening time. If I’m doing work in the evenings, it needs to be administrative and something I can work on solo. Otherwise, I do burn out. 

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