#AskaRecruiter | Valentin Iftimi

You are invited to meet our colleagues from Lugera – The People Republic, to discover their stories and to learn from their experiences. Any questions or curiosities? Leave us a comment below and we will gladly answer it! The pass is now at Valentin Iftimi who, despite having joined the republic less than one year ago, has responded with enthusiasm and has switched roles, becoming the one interviewed. 

1/ How long have you been with Lugera – The People Republic?  

I have joined Lugera’s team this year, right in the first day of February, and the reason for which I have chosen to take this decision was the fact that I can continue my career as a recruiter, but for clients coming from very different fields.

Until joining the republic, my job was pretty specialised – I was recruiting for engineering and medical jobs. Here at Lugera, I have witnessed and received opportunities to learn and apply methods and strategies completely new for me, but also to interact with managers part of different organisational cultures.

2/ What’s the most WOW thing that we don’t know about you?

The most interested… would be the fact that, in the beginning, I wanted to never work, but I was very keen to have my own business. I waited  for a little while to make it happen until in my sophomore year in university, when, together with a very good friend of mine, I began to operate an online shop for fragrances. Later, our plan was to bring mobile phones from… Nigeria. Even though the fragrances business didn’t work out (because… university, exams, make-up tests and exams again 😊), it was an experience which has taught me a lot of things.

Even more unusual about me is that I take very seriously my role as the event planner in our friends’ group; just that I don’t organise any events, but especially New Year’s Eve parties. I think there have been five such parties in a row for groups of up to 25 persons. From setting the budget, researching for locations and tough negotiations, to buying party products, I like to be in charge of every little detail.

3/ What’s your way to relax at the end of the day?

I don’t even feel when time flies, especially when I’m busy. But, at the end of the working hours, I choose to relax at the cinema, or in the comfort of my own sofa, in front of the TV. Another option for when I feel the need to forget about worries can be an evening at the theatre… provided it is a comedy playing! 😊

4/ What’s the funniest thing that happened to you lately?

Ha ha! I have always made fun of those who can’t keep the record of their vignette and are always surprised when it expires… well, I was caught in the same situation, and now I’m impatiently (or not) waiting for my ”congratulations card” from the Romanian Police, especially since I drove for about a week without a vignette. Hoping for the best and… keeping calm ’cause now I have one!

5/ What’s your latest post on Facebook?

My last post is a track I stumbled upon when listening to a mix. It’s a  deephouse track, the genre that relaxes me a lot. As of my latest photo on Facebook… it’s one shot in Vama Veche: day, normal people, sunny, warm… I wasn’t courageous enough to post one made during the night. 😊

Vama Veche Valentin Iftimi

6/ What do you like most about your job?

I think that there are two interesting faces of this job, both keeping me connected to it:

Discovering new companies and organizations, learning their new developments plans and understanding the future of the workforce.

Sparking the interest among people wanting to make a change in their career, ”waking them up” from the complacency they’re in at the current job and determining them to evolve.

7/ Who and what inspires you?

At the job and everything related to my professional life, I like to believe that I’m a team player in the true meaning of the word: not only do I ”play” together with my colleagues and team leader, I also learn and rely on them on a daily basis.

8/ How lucky are you and why?

If I would have to believe that lucky is to win something, I would rather say that I’m unlucky: i have never won the lottery… only a few sport bets. In these cases, I think that luck is purely a problem of maths and is based on a lot of information.

Now, if I must be serious, I am a very lucky guy in life, having been saved from drowning and from an accident in which the car was completely damaged. Maybe I have 9 lives… 7 left… what could be next?

9/ Tell us about your day using a movie title.

The wire – TV series

Pulp Fiction – non-stop adrenaline

10/ If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into your office, what would it be?

Te invitam sa-i cunosti pe oamenii din Lugera – The People Republic, sa descoperi povestile lor si sa inveti din experientele lor. Ai o intrebare sau o curiozitate? Lasa-ne un comentariu si colegii nostri iti vor raspunde! De la Oana, leapsa #AskaRecruiter a ajuns acum la Valentin Iftimi, care, desi are mai putin de un an vechime in republica, a raspuns cu entuziasm provocarii de a face schimb de roluri si de a fi el cel intervievat.

1. De cat timp esti in echipa Lugera – The People Republic?  

Sunt in echipa Lugera de anul acesta, chiar din prima zi a lunii februarie, iar motivul pentru care am ales sa ma alatur echipei de aici a fost faptul ca pot sa-mi continui drumul de recruiter, insa pentru clienti din domenii foarte diverse.

Pana sa ma alatur republicii, job-ul meu fusese destul de nisat, recrutam pentru posturi in inginerie si medical. In Lugera, am vazut si am primit oportunitati de perfectionare, invatare si punere in aplicare a unor abordari si strategii noi pentru mine, dar si de interactionare cu manageri parte din culturi organizationale diferite.

2. Care este cel mai interesant lucru despre tine pe care nu l-am putea afla din CV-ul tau?

Cel mai interesant… ar fi faptul ca, la inceput, nu voiam sa lucrez vreodata, insa imi doream foarte mult sa am propria afacere. Am asteptat pentru a-mi pune planul in aplicare pana in anul doi de facultate, cand am inceput, alaturi de un foarte bun amic, sa pun la punct un site de parfumuri. Mai tarziu, planul nostru era sa aducem si telefoane mobile din… Nigeria. Chiar daca afacerea cu parfumuri nu a mers decat pentru o scurta perioada de timp (pentru ca facultate, examene, restante si iar examene 😊), a fost o experienta din care am invatat multe.

Si mai neobisnuit este ca imi iau in serios rolul de organizator de evenimente al grupului de prieteni; insa nu orice evenimente, ci in special revelioane. Cred ca au fost cinci ani la rand in care, tot impreuna cu un amic, am organizat (pe)trecerea dintre ani pentru grupuri chiar si de 25 de persoane. De la buget, research pentru locatii si negocieri aprinse, pana la achizitionarea produselor pentru party, imi place sa ma ocup de acestea pana la cele mai mici detalii.

3. Cum reusesti sa te relaxezi la sfarsitul unei zile?

Nici nu mai stiu cum si cand trece timpul, mai ales atunci cand sunt ocupat. Insa, la sfarsit de program, ma relaxez fie la cinema, fie in confortul canapelei de acasa, in fata televizorului. Alta optiune atunci cand simt nevoia sa mai uit de griji poate fi si o seara la teatru… dar comedie sa fie! 😊

4. Care a fost cel mai amuzant lucru care ti s-a intamplat in ultimul timp?

Haha! Mereu m-am amuzat de cei care nu pot sa tina evidenta rovinietei si mereu sunt surprinsi cand aceasta expira… ei bine, am patit-o si eu, iar acum astept cu mare curiozitate ce „felicitare” o sa primesc de la Politia Romana (sau nu), mai ales fiindca am mers cam o saptamana in afara localitatilor. Hoping for the best si… keep calm pentru acum o am! 😊

5. Care este ultima ta poza publicata pe Facebook sau ultimul post?

Ultima postare este o melodie pe care am auzit-o intr-un mix. Este o melodie deephouse, genul pe care il ascult si care ma relaxeaza foarte mult. In ceea ce priveste ultima fotografie… este una din Vama Veche: zi, lume normala, soare, cald… una din timpul serii insa nu am avut curaj sa postez. 😊

6. Ce-ti place cel mai mult la job-ul tau?

Cred ca sunt doua parti interesante care ma tin conectat la acest job:

De a descoperi companii noi, organizatii noi, de a invata planurile de dezvoltare si a intelege incotro se indreapta viitorul fortei de munca.

Reusesc sa starnesc interesul unor oameni care nu doresc sa faca o schimbare profesionala, sa-i „trezesc” din complacerea la locul actual de munca si de a-i determina sa evolueze.

7. Cine si ce te inspira?

La job si in tot ce tine de viata profesionala, imi place sa cred ca sunt un team player in adevaratul sens al cuvantului: nu doar ca „joc” alaturi de colegii si team leader, ci si invat si ma bazez zi de zi pe ei.

8. Cat de norocos esti si de ce?

Daca ar fi sa cred in norocul de a castiga ceva, as spune ca nu sunt deloc norocos: nu am castigat niciodata la loto… doar la cateva pariuri sportive si acolo fara batai mari de cap. In cazurile astea, norocul cred ca este pur matematic si se bazeaza pe multe informatii.

Acum, daca e sa fim chiar seriosi, sunt un mare norocos in viata, pentru ca am fost salvat de la inec si dintr-un accident in care masina a suferit dauna totala. Poate am 9 vieti … amr 7… Oare ce va urma?

9. Descrie-ti ziua de astazi folosindu-te de un nume de film.

The wire – serie tv

Pulp Fiction – adrenalina non stop

10. Daca ai putea alege o melodie care sa se auda de fiecare data in birou, care ar fi aceea?