As you may know, every month we like to introduce you to our colleagues, consultants or clients. It’s always extra fun when we get to put a new team member in the spotlight. Bart joined our Executive Search team this month. We asked him all about his professional ambitions and his passions, which revealed a peculiar dream job!
What is your track record when it comes to the maritime and logistics industries?
I’ve done my fair share of mediation, mostly focusing on financial roles within organisations, sometimes in supply chain and manufacturing environments. As for the maritime industry, I don’t have much experience yet. But I do think it’s super cool. I used to watch a lot of shows that showed life at sea. I’ve always been attracted to the sector. It’s also very interrelated, maritime and logistics; it’s all part of a larger chain.
How are you feeling at Venturn so far?
I enjoy the mindset at Venturn, the constant drive to improve. A lot of things are already going well, yet everyone focuses on how we can do things better. Very few things are cast in concrete. There’s a lot of flexibility, in the sense that the team is very open to new ideas or new ways of doing things. It feels great to be a part of that growth trajectory, it gives me a lot of energy!
Speaking of growth, what is the next step for you as a professional?
Right now, I really want to become an expert in my field. I’ve known from the start of my career that I wanted to go into recruitment and selection and I want to develop myself as a recruiter even more. That’s what I believe I will find at Venturn—I’m looking forward to learning a lot, improving my soft skills, seeing how things are done here, and expanding my network.
“I really want to become an expert in my field.”
What motivates you, aside from room for personal development?
I’m quite results-oriented, so it’s important to me to achieve goals in my work. That’s more motivating to me than, say, money. I don’t think money alone makes you happy. Imagine if you had a possibility to earn a lot of money, but you would hate the job. Would you do it? I wouldn’t. I’d rather do something that I can pour my ambition into and triggers me, something I enjoy.
Sounds like you’re pretty satisfied with the career track you’re on… Is there anything else you would consider, if you weren’t in recruitment?
If I wasn’t a recruiter… Hmm, you might not expect it, but I would love to be a crab fisher! Being out on a boat, surrounded by wild waves, and just catching crabs—I think that would be awesome. Being out there in nature… It’s just totally different. There was a period where I wanted to become a criminal investigation officer and solve murders. When I was really young, I wanted to become a shepherd. You would see those shepherds out there with their herd and think: “Oh, cool.” Nice and quiet. I think everyone has certain ambitions and dreams growing up, which you then adjust according to reality.
You seem like the outdoorsy type, based on these careers.
I believe so. I like to do a lot of outdoor activities when I’m on holiday, like hiking and stuff like that. I like fishing. I boulder in my free time. Indoors only for now, but once I become really good at it, once I’m basically an expert, I would like to start climbing in nature as well.
What else do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any inside hobbies as well?
I game often, usually online, with friends. You see e-sports becoming a real thing now. At some point people started using streaming services to show themselves playing games, explaining things, hidden features and such… And they started getting a lot of money for it! Sometimes I think: “Man, I wish that would’ve been a thing sooner.” I used to play certain games at a pretty high level, but I was never paid for it or anything. Pro-gaming would also be a pretty cool alternative career. Although I think if you’re inside gaming all day, the fun would wear off. So having it as a hobby, and playing a game every now and then, might be better…
When it comes to the long-term, what would you like to achieve?
I’d really like to broaden my horizon beyond recruitment, maybe because of my background in HR. What gives me the most energy is when someone comes to me with a certain end goal in mind, and they ask me to figure out how we’re going to get there. In that process, I think it’s important to stay in touch with your people and empower them, in order to get them along. So eventually, I would love to grow towards becoming a solid HR business partner and master all the skills needed for a role like that.
“Technology can facilitate recruitment, but I believe the human touch in recruitment will always stay essential.”
To conclude, you’re aiming to become an expert in recruitment right now. What are some interesting trends in the field?
What’s interesting is that even though you experience a lot in your daily work just by being a recruiter, you always have to keep learning and stay up to date with the latest technologies and such. Recruitment software is everchanging. Parties such as Google have developed software that evaluates resumes with algorithms, for example, which saves a lot of time if you receive 10,000 resumes every day. Technology can absolutely facilitate recruitment and offer a solution for the more tedious and time-consuming tasks, but I believe the human touch in recruitment will always stay essential.