Guild Talent’s OG Recruiter Shares Life With a Start-Up

Rance Bauman is the OG Executive Recruiter for Guild Talent. Jamie hired Rance to take the leap and begin building a recruiting business from scratch, and the dynamic duo (with the addition to Miss Ali) has been killing it ever since.

One of the things that makes Rance so interesting? He’s the new kid on the block in the Bay Area; but don’t let that fool you, he is building his network faster than you can say ‘HIRED!’ while being laser focused on his recruiting career. Goals for the remainder of 2019? Past experiences? Success within the industry?

Rance is a diamond in the ruff. Read more about his experience with Guild Talent from the very beginning till now below.

  1. How did you get started in recruiting?

My first role in recruiting was a temp gig at Russell Reynolds Associates in San Francisco. I had recently moved to the Bay Area and was looking for something new and pretty quickly fell in love with the environment, the people and living in the consultative space between clients and candidates. After some time looking at a variety of opportunities, I eventually took a full-time role at Russell Reynolds and spent the next five years with the firm.

  1. Tell us about your first quarter working for Guild Talent? Given your background at Russell Reynolds, is this what you were expecting?

The first quarter with Guild Talent was a tremendous amount of fun. We didn’t really know what to expect, so the opportunity to try new things and see what works and what doesn’t is one of the coolest experiences in life. Some things have worked – others haven’t, but overall, the pace of success has far exceeded my expectations. My experience at Russell Reynolds certainly prepared me for the work, but virtually everything else is completely different. At a global executive search firm there are policies, processes and templates for everything you can imagine. At Guild Talent, we get to build all of that.

  1. What do you love most about your job? Accomplishments, funny stories, lessons learned.

I love connecting with people. No one person’s story is the same as another. Getting to talk to new people every and hear how they’ve found their way to some of the greatest professional moments (and at times personal moments as well) in their lives is the best part of the job.

3.5. You were the first partner Jamie brought on to the team, what were the very early days like?

There is nothing quite like starting a new business venture. In the very early days, we were trying to figure out exactly what this would look like and how things would work. There was a lot of trial and error, but it was a great time to shape our identity and build the foundation for the type of company we want Guild Talent to be. Also, as a team of two, I got to be involved in so many different things; it was a fantastic opportunity to push myself and grow.

  1. What are your short-term and long-term goals for the rest of the year?

My short-term goal is continue doing great work finding candidates for our clients, building on our early track record of success. In the long-term, my goal is to build my network of finance and operations professionals around the Bay Area and beyond to help support the evolution of Guild Talent over the coming years.

  1. If you could tell someone looking to get into recruiting one thing, what would it be?

I would say there is no cookie-cutter approach to success in recruiting. My experience has been that it takes all types people to find authentic ways to connect with candidates and clients. Recruiting is a field that is made much richer and more effective by the diversity of those participating in it!

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