#ProudConnector Unveiled: Marie Van Volcem | Freelancer at YouConnect
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What did you do before you joined YouConnect?
I was working in an executive search office, focused on C-level profiles.
What attracted you to your role at YouConnect?
It was my first step as a freelancer. I was attracted by the wide range of things I could do at YouConnect, like researching legal profiles- a new sector for me- and then there was the start-up of the HR branch. The fact that I can share my expertise and knowledge of the recruitment world with the whole team really energizes me!
What do you think are the most important skills a recruitment consultant should have?
Perseverance, empathy, and active listening.
What makes YouConnect so unique as a company?
The exclusive focus on the niche activities of legal and HR. YouConnect is known for its value-driven work and the high quality of its services. I see for myself how much trust is placed in the employees on a daily basis, and that also creates a very pleasant atmosphere.
What kind of networker are you?
I think I’m a silent networker. I'm more of an observer, but somehow clients and candidates find their way to me—through the grapevine most of the time.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Time management and perseverance until you have the perfect candidate.
Which person(s) inspire you within HR?
I have my very own top five list of HR people. Often they’re clients or HR candidates that I’ve met. I am thinking of a particular HR Director with whom I work and that I find extremely inspiring. This lady is really one of a kind. She combines her gigantic expertise in HR with a modesty that few have at that level.
For you, which interview question is the best and invariably provides good input?
What makes your N+1 better than you?
Do you have a creative side? If so, how does it express itself?
Yes, and it’s evident on several levels. On a professional level, I like to think out-of-the-box in search of the best candidate in the market. In my spare time, I make jewelry. It’s a passion that started because I could never find anything I liked among the ranges of jewelry currently on the market. So, I thought "I'll make my own." I sell my jewelry through jewelry parties or friends of friends.
What was your last online purchase?
A webcam cover. When I'm working from home, I often start off in my pyamas or sloppy clothes, and with the cam cover on I feel a lot more at ease.
What is your ultimate dream for yourself? What would you like to do one day that you've never done before?
It’s my dream to become a grandmother someday. It will be the signal for me that my son, Emiel, is standing on his own two feet and has a life of his own. At that time of life, I hope I can spend even more time with the family, and Emiel can assist where necessary.
What is your dream for the world in general?
Tolerance and empathy. Following the golden rule to “Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.” It all starts with yourself.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite is "yoghurt nature" from La Poste ice cream parlor in Duinbergen. It’s so delicious that I would walk to Duinbergen for just one scoop of this ice cream.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Accepting that I am a diabetic. I found out when I was at college, and it was mentally quite hard. My life suddenly revolved around mandatory healthy food and the structure and restrictions that come with it. It’s a constant awareness of your body. The positive side of the story is that I eat so healthily that I hardly ever get sick.
What easily annoys you?
Rude people! I mean people who are short with you or won't give you the time of day. I find that really disrespectful.
Would you rather cook for yourself or eat out?
I like to cook, but I'm definitely not a kitchen princess. I am very dependent on recipes and follow them in great detail. My favorite chefs are Sandra Bekkari, Pascal Naessens, and Donna Hay—lots of vegetables and few carbs!
What moves you?
The ability to put things into perspective and the unbelievable optimism of people who go through or have gone through a black period. I myself am also a committed volunteer at the “SuperKrachtig Lekker,” a non-profit that helps children fighting cancer to get a balanced eating experience that’s nutritional and fun.
Are you a county person or a city person?
I love both. If I've hung around in the city too much, I need to get back to nature. If I had to choose today, it would definitely be the country.
What is your favorite spot and what can you find there?
My favorite place is at home. It’s “my happy place!”