Get to Know Germer- David Naider

Name: David, goes by: David

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: B.A. Communications, B.A. Urban Studies, Policy and Administration concentration

Graduation Year: 2012

  1. What is your title at Germer? Associate Pharmaceutical Recruiter
  2. When did you start at Germer/ how long have you been here? I started with Germer on May 28th, 2019.  I’m starting my 3rd month with Germer.
  3. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone job searching while having another full time role? You should always be transparent with a prospective employer!   If you need privacy and don’t want to sneak into a conference room or into your car for phone interviews, let your perspective employer know what times will work best for your work schedule since you likely spend most of your day at your job.  Take a deep breath!  Juggling a full time job and a job search can be stressful, be mindful that you can get overwhelmed and that is normal, just know that you are doing your best and that you got this!
  4. What is the hardest part of transitioning into full time work after graduating college? When I started my first position out of school the hardest transition was having one focus for 8-10 hours a day.   In college you are used to 60 or 90 minute classes with breaks sometimes lasting an entire day or afternoon.  When transitioning into full time work, you have to focus for hours at a time, sometimes from sunrise to sunset, and do the same thing the next day.   Stretching your legs with a short walk and staying hydrated will make a huge difference in your performance and mental health.  No matter what you are doing, you should perform your tasks with passion.  This will make your day more enjoyable and fulfilling.   A small healthy snack is also beneficial as working while hungry is difficult.
  5. What is your favorite part about working at Germer? My favorite part about working with Germer is the team environment.  Everyone is always willing to lend a hand, share their insights, and most importantly teach you the skills and techniques they have mastered over the years.
  6. What is your favorite part of working with candidates? Working with candidates is extremely rewarding.  Picking up the phone and calling a complete stranger and ending the call feeling like you know this person so well you could call them the next day for a favor or question is huge.  You have the ability to not only get to know someone on a personal level, but have the opportunity to place them with a client that could re-shape their career for the better.  There is nothing else like it!
  7. What is the most challenging part of this job and how do you overcome this challenge?The most challenging part of this job is learning the ins and outs of the industry.  There are many terms, phrases, abbreviations that are used in the beginning while speaking with co-workers, clients, and candidates can become overwhelming.  However, through practice and repetition the industry lingo is starting to become second nature.
  8. What is the most important lesson you have learned since graduating college?You can’t expect instant gratification with any career.  Hard work will ultimately pay off in the end both for your self-worth and financially.  We spend a large majority of our lives at our job, and I want to walk out the door every day thinking that I’ve done my best.