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Time to Make Some History — Why I’m Working at Ancestry.com

Why bringing people to work for Ancestry.com seems to be in my DNA

After the dot-com crash of 2001, I was not the only person forced to reevaluate my career plan. Prior to that, I had accidentally fallen into the hottest job of the late 90’s–web development–and had the seeds of a fairly decent career as a JavaScript, HTML hacker with above average SQL database design and query skills (I totally undervalued myself to the market by the way).

Through the next several years, I began to verbalize something that had been silently nagging at me for a long time: I love technology, but especially when it enhances people’s lives.

In the years that followed, one thing led to another and I worked into a career I never had have imagined (or really knew existed), but have developed a deep, full passion for and happen to have a good knack for doing well–recruiting and talent acquisition.

In the last ten years, I’ve recruited people for some of the biggest and smallest, established and disruptive companies in the world. Everywhere I went, the job to find great people and help them make career choices that would change their lives and the companies we worked for has been a thrill. And, as of this week, I have begun a new chapter in my life with Ancestry.com, managing the talent acquisition function here and around the world.

Work for Ancestry.comWith more than 1,400 employees worldwide and a blossoming set of business lines developing new and exciting ways to help people manage their family history and discover relationships with living relatives and past ancestors, it’s not lost on me that my job, and my team, are finding people to create brilliant technology to help people find people and preserve their own family history.

It’s like the perfect combination for me of why I love technology, business and recruiting–to improve peoples lives in a way that’s meaningful, bridges generations and families, and has lasting value beyond even the length of our own lives.

There’s a lot of work to be done here and when I think of the volume of work to be done, I think of one of my favorite quotes:

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” (Theodore Roosevelt, 1903).

At Ancestry.com, we’re changing people’s future by helping them uncover their past.

I love that.

Now, it’s time to make some history.

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Robert Merrill

Senior Technical Recruiter
I am a Husband, Dad, Recruitinator, Geek. Mormon. Smart-Alec. . Professionally, I am the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition at Ancestry.com", the world's largest online family history resource. Check out our jobs! Since 2001, I have helped connect companies and talented professionals with a particular style of recruiting, interviewing, onboarding and retention that helps companies change their recruiting processes and capabilities forever. I believe that even small companies can do fantastic recruiting with the right tools and mindset.

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