Global company focusing on connecting employers and companies to competent and worthy talent, CareerBuilder, has recently appointed 33 year old Irina Novoselsky as its new CEO.
She is quick to point out that, while CareerBuilder serves HR departments, it is first and foremost a tech company, one geared to be a disruptor. CareerBuilder has created 29 patented or patentable innovations, and 66% were in 2018.
My conversation with change agent Novoselsky was peppered with talk of velocity and defying convention.
A humble builder and player-coach
Next month will mark the 30th anniversary of the day Novoselsky and her parents came to the United States from Russia. She grew up in humble surroundings. While well-educated, her parents had limited options in their new country. She identifies as an immigrant, which seems to have fueled her commitment to diversity. She excelled early at finance—at age 18 she was one of only two women working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange—but ironically has never chased money. She has instead always seen herself as someone who builds things.
Both of these qualities come through in how she identifies with the player-coach model of leadership. As a leader, she of course has to delegate. Yet she also likes to remain a doer and to have hands-on experience with every aspect of the company. She says, “I am a firm believer that the better you understand your team’s challenges and your client’s pain points, the more you can actually live in their shoes, the better you will be as a leader.”
It is also about staying humble. “There isn’t any task that is beneath someone,” she emphasizes.
A shift in power
CareerBuilder and SilkRoad recently conducted a joint survey of job seekers’ expectations. Low unemployment and high demand for top talent are creating a recruiting environment where candidates are increasingly in the driver’s seat.
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