We are so excited to speak with Rachel Kaplove in this spotlight. Rachel currently works as a Recruiting Associate at Glocap, with previous experience in campus recruitment at Credit Suisse and Moelis & Company. Her acting background may not initially seem like a natural transition to recruitment, but Rachel shows us career changes are always possible, and that an initial ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to a candidate is not always the right approach.
Education Background: Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from NYU, majoring in Acting at the Tisch School of the Arts
Can you tell us a bit about your background? How did you land in your current role?
After a few years in the acting industry, I was ready for a change. I was exploring different careers that would hopefully be more intellectually challenging, and a friend in finance recommended campus recruiting. I applied for a temp position in Credit Suisse and was lucky enough to land the role. After 6 months there, I received a full-time offer to work at Moelis as a campus recruiter there. I have since transitioned over to the executive search side, where I recruit investment professionals for hedge funds.
Have you made any really special or impactful hires? Or is there a person you feel like you really influenced during your career? We’d love to hear that story!
I recently placed an analyst at a hedge fund, which was pretty exciting. He had originally been declined in the process, but then they asked to re-engage him – it was a very long and drawn out process which made it all the more exciting when he finally got the role and accepted.
What changes have you seen in the industry, or what trends do you predict in the coming months?
The markets have been moving drastically and many investment professionals have lost their job. We are still seeing a lot of hiring going on in spite of this, although we have noticed a lengthier hiring process, due to market distractions.
What is your favorite piece of advice to give job seekers?
The more fully transparent and communicative you can be with your recruiter, the better your process will be.
When you’re not helping candidates or people within your organization, how do you like to spend your free time?
Yoga, distance running, and biking.
Here’s a question we love to ask everyone who visits the WayUp office – what was your favorite job in college?
Tutoring! I started my Sophomore year tutoring a high school girl in math and was soon referred to several other clients that lasted throughout my college years. It helped me to pay for dorms, food, and all other expenses. It was a very enjoyable job: hard work but extremely satisfying.