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MY THREE MONTH EXPERIENCE AT EKKIDEN

Jan 13, 2021 3:33:07 PM / by Hélène Loine

Just about three months ago, I finished my adventure with Premier Inn to onboard with Ekkiden, a young European consulting group that started in May 2019. I left Germany to come back to France and start a new challenge as Head of Community and Recruitment in a startup.  

 

In this article, I would like to look back at the last 3 months and think about the experience I have had so far.  

 

A strong culture and stimulating values  

What interested me about joining a startup was being able to jump into a dynamic environment, compatible with my ambitions and values, and competences. I am motivated to contribute to an ambitious project where I can show my true personality.  

Our company values are smarter together, smile and shine, move forward and change the game, do it with integrity and never stop learning.  

 

Meeting the Team  

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, I got to meet most of the employees behind my screen or in the office. That’s how it works today for a tech company! We are constantly connected and meeting colleagues virtually or at the office. However, being behind my screen did not prevent me from feeling welcome and growing very close to the team. Moreover, I feel I have already learned a lot from their strong experiences.  

Also, it was very important to me, due to my international background, to join a diverse company. Ekkiden is dispatched in different countries around Europe: France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and even higher international ambitions for the coming years. Meaning we have more than a dozen different nationalities.  

We all speak English internally, and most of us speak a third language too. Yet, it is quite common during meetings to switch from French to English to German with my colleagues.  

 I am amazed to see what we were already able to achieve together throughout these past three months.

Learning how to adapt  

I am amazed to see what we were already able to achieve together throughout these past three months. It is such a fast-moving environment and thanks to Ekkiden, I learned to adapt and move forward very quickly.  

Once again, I arrived in the company just a few weeks after the end of the confinement in France. Nevertheless, it did not stop me from unleashing my potential! I have already discovered a whole new way of working. I started by managing my great community team, creating new processes, structuring for scalability, working on improving recruitment tools, communication, coaching managers, starting long term projects...  

 in 2020, we should receive 20,000 applications

The Community Team  

In 2019, during the first eight months of activity we received 5000 applications. During our first full year, in 2020, we should receive 20,000 applications. The figures are staggering, and all this requires constant organisation.  

The Community Team is one of the major components of Ekkiden’s success. An ultra-dynamic and connected team that allows the group to develop activities using the most advanced methods and tools in the world of events, digital, web, and community management. This Community Team is the group’s response to recruitment challenges.  

 The context of tech startups is ideal for learning, launching new projects, being creative and innovative, and trying new stuff all the time.

Initiatives and opportunities  

The context of tech startups is ideal for learning, launching new projects, being creative and innovative, and trying new stuff all the time.  

I have already discovered a new side of my profession. All this framework encourages a lot of learning which has enabled me to progress much faster than I imagined and thus brings opportunities. I feel empowered to do things differently and continuously develop myself.  

   

I would like to take the opportunity of this article to tell you that we are hiring :)  

If you want to join a tech startup, have an impact on the consulting sector, and to unleash your potential, I invite you to join us!  

Here's a link to all our offers! 

 

Thank you for your time, can't wait to give you my feedback after a whole year! 

I am available to anyone who wants to know more about Ekkiden, the recruitment process or to discuss the challenges of talent acquisition, you can contact me via Linkedin.  

helene

 

Hélène Loine

Written by Hélène Loine