“Have you met” is a bi-monthly get-to-know-you interview with a different PSG employee with the goal of showing the public just “who” PSG is!
Have you met… Mike Bergeron?
- Give us the rundown – where were you before you came to PSG and tell us about what you’re doing now.
I have been a recruiter since graduating college. I was working at a Boston-based RPO (recruitment process outsourcing) provider. An RPO is basically a third party recruitment team that companies can outsource their recruitment needs to. I worked on many different Fortune 500 clients while I was there. If we want to go back even further back, my first job was gutting fish on Cape Cod!
Currently a Senior Staffing Manager at PSG. I work with one primary investment client on various types of financial, operational, and investment roles.
- What do you find to be the most challenging piece of the work you’re doing?
Finding the perfect blend of what the candidate and the client are looking for. Being a recruiter is kind of like being a matchmaker. Both parties need to able to provide what the other is looking for and be a personality match. Some matches are much more difficult than others!
- What motivates you to do your best work every day?
Being a recruiter means you can change someone’s life! Getting a candidate that offer in time to make their next mortgage payment or helping them launch their career in the field of their choice feels amazing. To paraphrase Hall and Oates, we make dreams come true!
- What was your dream job when you were a kid?
An archaeologist. I was always in the backyard with a plastic shovel, digging for dinosaur bones. I eventually grew out of it. After watching Ross in Friends, I have no regrets.
- What is the one piece of career advice you received growing up that you swear by?
During the application process, you’re going to face rejection. Sometimes is will feel like an insurmountable amount of rejection. Just keep your head up and get as much interview feedback as you can. Get better and nail the next interview!
- Any special talents?
Hmmmmm…I already mentioned the fish gutting. I love karaoke and acting as well. Both served me well in getting over nervousness on the phone and in being loud in general.
- All-time favorite meal? Like last meal ever meal!
Bacon cheeseburger, steak fries, Cape Cod Blonde Ale, and an Oreo milkshake for dessert. Maybe a side of bacon as well…
- What book are you reading? TV show you’re binge watching?
Book: I’m finally reading Dune by Frank Herbert. There’s a movie coming out in 2020 of it and I need to read the book first. I’d also recommend any true nerd read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline before seeing the movie version. The book is vastly superior.
TV: I’m just starting Amazon’s new show The Boys. It’s a violent take on the collateral damage of superheroes, unchecked power, and pop culture fatigue. All up my alley!