For the International Women’s Day, Digital Source is giving the voice to a woman in the industry of Tech Recruitment.
Radina Dimcheva is Talent Acquisition at Digital Source. She is in contact every day with Developers and Engineers in the Netherlands.
We have asked her some questions about how she perceives herself and women in the Tech industry.
Read her interview right below:
1 - What do you like the most about working in recruitment?
I love being able to connect people to a job that suits them, or at least satisfies their immediate needs. Another aspect of the job that I value a lot is building rapport with the candidates, even if I can't immediately place them. By now it feels like I am a good friend to most of them, and this genuine connection is what leaves me most content.
2 - How would you describe your job environment?
International, multicultural, dynamic and pet-friendly :)
3 - What is your biggest woman influence or icon?
My biggest female influence that I don’t personally know is actually a woman called Sade Adu; she’s the lead singer of the band SADE, whose style is hard to describe. A very mellow fusion of jazz, chill rock & soul. The reason why she’s such a big influence on me is simply her presence and the way she chooses to live her life; even though SADE is still considered a hugely influential band in the history of music, she was always keeping a distance from the media and fiercely protected her life from “getting out there for everyone to witness”. Certainly a strong individual with incredible charisma! She has a presence to her which is dignified, classy and mysterious… with an even more unique voice :)
However, I am most proud of my mother who has gone through so much hardship in her life and still manages to be healthy mentally, and to find happiness in the little joys of life.
4 - What advice would you tell to a woman that wants to get into IT field?
If that is what she wants, she should simply go for it. Do the research, figure out what works for you individually, and then project that intention to the collective. It is no different to the advice I would give anyone for any field: if that is want you want, figure your way to succeed and do the work. The rest will either come as a result, or you will find ways to change the approach and then it will work out. If your desire comes from a good place, there is a way to achieve it. Check in with yourself whether you are still into it regularly and keep re-aligning with yourself.
5- What does gender equality mean to you?
That is a topic I have never truly thought about deeply, since I feel quite neutral about it. I never personally had the experience, thankfully, of having been disrespected on the basis of my gender. To me there is gender equality when gender stops being an overarching reason for someone’s respect or disrespect. In that sense, if either a man or a woman decides to do, live, breathe in a certain way and is happy with that, without imposing that understanding to become anybody else’s, and this is being respected, that to me is gender equality. Measure somebody’s worth or potential by the kind of person they are and how they behave, and not by their gender.
6 - What barriers or resistances did you encounter before becoming successful in your recruitment activity?
They were mainly my own biases. I anticipated that it would be hard to converse with technical people and especially men, and that they would be condescending towards a technical recruiter, especially a woman. There was this stereotype in my head that since I don’t come from a technical background, it’s an impostor syndrome and that I should not be in a position to converse with them on such topics. However, through the course of my job, I am glad to say that this notion turned out to be completely unfounded and if there had been any resistance from my candidates towards me, I have not felt it and it hasn’t halted me. On the contrary - I dare say I have built solid rapport with them. So I consider it a success. :)
7- What message would you like to leave for men and women on International Women’s Day?
Aretha Franklin shouted “Respect” in one of her more notable songs; so I will leave you to that. Respect each other, regardless of gender, simple as that. Don’t let gender determine or overshadow how you treat each other.