Rubina Mahal, Recruitment Advisor, Human Resources

Written by Kyra Stewart

Rubina Mahal, recruitment advisor, Human Resources, is the definition of a people person. She has a background in English Literature and Communications and realized quite early on that for her, the best part about communications was the people and sharing their stories. This led her to explore Human Resources and begin working at PHC, where she has been for eight years.

As a Recruitment Advisor, Rubina hires people. She grew to love the stories behind careers and is inspired by being a part of someone’s promising career path. As an advisor she gets to know people—where they came from, where they want to go and where they’re best suited. She takes time to chat with both the applicants and the leaders to find the best fit for the organization as a whole. Speaking with the team to assess the soft skills that are needed from a new employee as well as the mandatory skills is vital to having people stay where they are and love what they do.

“It’s never just about filling seats; it’s about making connections and building communities,” says Rubina.

Recruiting situation that really stands out:

I recently spoke with a new grad nurse who had life before nursing. She worked for a number of community organizations and had a wealth of community-based experience. When I asked her why she thought she was still unemployed, she commented many health authorities saw her previous experience intimidating or that she was over qualified for new grad positions. In speaking with her, I was intrigued by her previous experience and thought it would be silly to pass her up. I sent her resume to a few operations leaders who also saw the potential. PHC benefited greatly. I can’t wait to see what she does.

How do you relax?

I really like to cook, and I read a lot. Right now I’m reading Shantaram. I love historical books that have a people aspect to them. The people theme seems to be a common trend in my life!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever done?

I had to clean rooms and make beds, essentially housekeeping, at a university. It made me realize just how important education is and that finding a job you love is everything. I definitely wasn’t a very good housekeeper!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
That you really need to follow your passion, you can’t fake it. Where you’re destined to go is where you should be and what you should be doing. Fitting the mold isn’t going to sustain or fulfill you. When you find the right fit, you have this balance and serenity that you’re doing good work with a good organization.

Cat or dog?

Neither!

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