Meet the newest Editorial Manager Kaya Payseno. Seattle Native and graduate of SU － Go Redhawks! Kaya shares with us how she went from artist to editor and why every recruiter should question what it means for a candidate to have the ‘right’ experience.
I’m well on my way to becoming a typical millennial. I’ve changed careers, I sleep with my phone beside me, and I even enjoy the occasional avocado toast. But silly stereotypes aside what really makes me consider myself part of Generation Y, besides, my age is my attitude towards my career. I am part of the growing ranks of potential candidates whose careers will defy the labeling of traditional professions and who, instead of seeking to fill a title, will rather offer a skillset to be utilized.
“I write to you today as an editor for HSJ | Hiring Success Journal in Berlin but 6 years ago as an art student in Seattle this reality would have seemed extremely unlikely from a traditional career outlook”
I write to you today as an editor for HSJ | Hiring Success Journal in Berlin but 6 years ago as an art student in Seattle this reality would have seemed extremely unlikely from a traditional career outlook. But looking back today I see clearly how one experience informed the next bringing me from painter to editor in less than a decade and I’d like to share some of that story with you.
Art had always been a passion of mine and going to University my plan was to pursue a career as an artist. I loved crafting bright pictures full of patterns －analysing the world through surreal depictions of the events around me.
However these pictures started piling up in my room and I realized I was missing the final, crucial, step of sharing my art with the world. I talked with my peers and they too were finding it difficult to discover opportunities to share their work and so I teamed up with 5 fellow students to created an art collective to whose mission it was to connect young artists to venues to display their work.
“Writing, which I’d never particularly enjoyed before, was imbued with a new sense of purpose”
As our network grew I found myself writing more and more as part of explaining our goals and reaching out to artists. Writing, which I’d never particularly enjoyed before, was imbued with a new sense of purpose for me and I began breaking away from visual art as a means of expression and instead focusing on the written word. After graduating I pursued writing further － first as a Journalist in New York with BUST and then in Berlin with Exberliner Magazine.
Reflecting on these jobs my favorite part about them was consulting my colleagues and talking through ideas and obstacles so when an opportunity came to move into an Editorial position with SmartRecruiters, I sprang for it!
It made sense to me. The creativity, the community management, the writing — all the skills that I’d been fine tuning would come into play here and fortunately SmartRecruiters saw it that way as well.
“What we think of as the ‘right’ experience or ‘relevant’ experience is going to dramatically shift”
Because candidate journeys like mine will become more and more common, especially as generation Z enters the workforce. And it won’t be so easy decide who has the ‘right’ experience just from title or profession. What we think of as the ‘right’ experience or ‘relevant’ experience is going to dramatically shift. Recruiters and Human Resource representatives are going to have to employ more sophisticated methods to discern what a candidate’s skills are from their wide array of experiences. But in the end, candidates like these are the ones you’ll want.
“HR Tech intrigues me, it’s all about asking ourselves if we are asking the right questions”
That’s why researching and reporting on the world of HR Tech intrigues me. It’s all about asking ourselves if we are asking the right questions and maybe it’s the artist in me… or the community organizer… or the journalist… or the editor but I think that this discernment is what ultimately will help us find fulfillment in our work and our lives. And I look forward to bringing you more resources to tackle these questions.
Share an unlikely experience that has informed your current work in the comments below!