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William McCabe, Owner / Founder, SoftNet Search Partners LLC / Internet of Things Recruiting
Focus Areas: Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence
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Thought Leader Interview
Thinkers360 interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with William McCabe, Owner / Founder, SoftNet Search Partners LLC / Internet of Things Recruiting. Bill is a Senior Executive Recruiting professional with a track record providing World Class – Sales/Account Management at all Levels in the Internet of Things and Professional Services in the US & worldwide. He was recently featured in the Thinkers360 Top 20 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Internet of Things.
Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background
WM: Its my pleasure to be part of the featured thought leaders for the group. Most of my earlier career was spent in accounting with a major firm. What I learned from that was that I didn’t want to spend my entire life as an accountant. It was a great career path, but just wasn’t for me, but it did serve as the impetus for a change to marketing and public relations.
I found something I love in recruiting and consequently spent the last 19 years in IT recruitment, in particular in executive search helping candidates and hiring managers in the software and professional services industry. I personally feel that I am uniquely qualified to know the kind of candidates that major companies are looking for is a mild understatement.
About 5 years ago I made the crossover to IoT, a field about which I knew a great deal and wanted to know more. Over time, I have become very passionate about IoT and big data, making it a point to learn the past, present and future of the arena. In IoT, I think I found my real space. It helps to love and be passionate about what you do and I think that is part of the reason that the candidates that I place are among the top 5% in their field and are top producers for their new companies. I take infinite pride in putting together the right candidate with the right company.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities and what’s a typical day look like?
WM: I have “grown up” with IoT over the past 10-20 years and I’ve have the good fortune to be named one of the top 50 Twitter influencers in IoT, landing at number 17. I was also named an IBM IoT Futurist at IBM Interconnect as well as IoT Emerge in Chicago in Sept 2016.
I am known for blogging and thoughtful commentary on new and controversial technology. I blog for high impact companies such as IBM and was fortunately enough to be named an IoT – Top Influencer by Right Relevance (March 2017) as well as Thinkers360 ().
I have handled recruiting clients for JDEdwards, Oracle, Peoplesoft, MessageMedia, IBM Global Services, Deloitte Consulting and Accenture.
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
WM: A typical day in my business has me reviewing resumes and going over skill sets to be sure that I am sending the right candidates to the right companies. That is, in fact, my favorite part of what I do. I don’t see just jobs and paychecks. I see myself as being responsible for helping people to make a better life for themselves and their family AND responsible for helping businesses to grow and to prosper.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
WM: I use Thinkers360 to give me an edge with all that I do. Thinkers360 helps me to keep track of the current and up and coming thought leaders and influencers in my key topic areas of internet of things, artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital twins and so on. It is one place where I can go and get a fresh read of some of the hot topics and keep myself abreast of what is new and innovative in my fields. (Editors Note: See Bill’s Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio).
Thinkers360: How do you like to work with brands who wish to engage you as a thought leader?
WM: I like to work collaboratively with a brand and really get to know the inside and out of the brand and the people behind the brand. I also have to believe in the product and the focus of the company.
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
WM: The one thing that I would recommend to any thought leader today is be sincere about what you do and say. There is so much hype out there that people notice and develop loyalty to the people who don’t try to blow smoke.
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