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Meet Marcus Zack Ronaldi: Corporate Sourcer, Marathon Runner & Community Do-Gooder

Posted on March 11, 2009
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Marcus has spent the last year doing in house sourcing for all sorts of sales positions for the WebEx division of Cisco systems targeting both active and passive candidates. His methods for finding candidates include a mix tbetween Active (Traditional job boards/postings & Boolean searches) and Passive (calling directly into those in target roles and target companies).

His most recent focus at WebEx was the sourcing of sales people with a background in either Saas or Unified Communications for Webex (a Cisco Company) for a number of positions in California, Virginia, New England, Michigan, Pennsylvania or Washington.

While with Google Marcus supported the Tech Ops team with Google. Tech Ops provides the technical infrastructure and tools to support the Online Sales and Operations department (AdWords and AdSense primarily, but also Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, and others). Current teams include Analytics, Spam, CS Tech, Tools Specialists, Online Tools, Data Reporting, Automated Operations, API, and LookOut.

Over the last ten years he has worked in High Tech, Staffing and Event Planning. Most of Marcus’ high tech experience has come in the ISP/CLEC field as either a Project or Account Manager.

Marcus has an impressive who’s Who list of former clients within the corporate staffing arena, i.e, Visa, Wells Fargo, FHLB, PG&E, McKesson, CNET, Gamespy, eBay and PayPal.

Q&A WIth Marcus Ronaldi

Six Degrees: Tell us of your home world.

Marcus: I have been in the Bay Area since 1997. Came out here for a job and stayed for the weather.

Marcus: Outside of recruiting, I run quite a bit. Just finished my seventh half marathon. Last year raised money for both the Leukemia and lymphoma society and the Parkinson’s Institute. I play kickball and enjoy doing the pub quiz. I organize Happy Hours for a group in San Francisco called SF 30 Something.

Six Degrees: How many years have you been in the staffing industry?

Marcus: I have five years of recruiting experience with about half being in an agency environment and the other half being in house. Right now I am working on a few contingent searches.

Six Degrees: How did you get started as a recruiter?

Marcus: My first direct staffing experience came as part of the outreach team on the TSA project. This was followed by two different agencies. Moved in house to Google and this was followed by being a sales sourcer with the WebEx division of Cisco.

Six Degrees: What single event had the most impact on your sourcing/recruiting career?

Marcus: I would have to say that the rise of social networks had the biggest impact on my day to day sourcing career.

Six Degrees: Do you have a mentor to whom you attribute your overall outlook on recruitment, capabilities, and/or model your career after?

Marcus: I would have to say Michael Smith who was my manager when I was sourcing for the WebEx division of Cisco. He had me do sourcing training for the entire team which improved my presentation skills and made me learn what I was doing in a way that I could explain it to someone without a strong sourcing background.

Six Degrees: Tell us about your current position and how it has been effected by the recession.

Marcus: I am currently making the transition from being an in-house sourcer and recruiter to a free lance independent sourcer and recruiter. My contract with Cisco ended (where I was a member of a large team) and the market for in house sourcing has dried up quite a bit but I am able to leverage my extensive network for these contingent roles.

Six Degrees: What recent general news story or industry trend do you feel will have an impact on your work in the future? Why?

Marcus: I think any of the general news about the economy and the job market is going to have an extensive impact on the role of the staffing industry. I do think one area of growth will be the staffing for large government projects (like the TSA from a few years ago)

Six Degrees: What is your next career goal? What do you need to do to get there?

Marcus: Right now I am in the process of establishing myself as a free lance sourcer and recruiter. To be successful I will need to work the phones on both the candidate and client side of the equation.



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