Hi there,

My name is Cristina and I am passionate about empowering others to take meanigful steps in their career and personal lives.

I hold a BA in Psychology and in the last 11 years I have operated as a trusted IT recruitment partner and advisors to various international companies like Google, Workday, Booking and Twilio. I specialise in hiring engineering leaders and executives.

I am also an ICF member and I am incredibly passionate about learning and development myself. Having worked in various environments and countries before moving to Amsterdam, which is my current home, I have a deep respect for various backgrounds, cultures, ways of thinking and being.

I would be keen to meet you and discuss how to support you with taking practical steps in order to grow personally and professionaly while staying resilient.

I am also passionate about sharing good HR practices and building clear recruitment processes from scratch. Therefore, I am also keen to meet fellow HR professionals to share insights or brainstorm on various HR topics from inclusion and diversity to candidate experience, building efficient recruitment teams or implementing effective sourcing processes.

Please feel free to send me a message here or on Linkedin.

My Mentoring Topics

  • Career Transitions
  • Career coaching
  • Leadership & Communication skills
  • Navigating uncertainty
  • Interview preparation & negotiation
  • Strategic HR
  • Executive Recruitment
  • Dealing with limiting beliefs : e.g self doubt, impostor syndrome
20.March 2023

Having interacted with Christina, I must say that she is an outstanding professional who readily shared her valuable experiences with me. She was approachable and attentive to my concerns. I found the session with Christina to be highly beneficial, as her proficient and skilled approach to my problems was motivating and enlightening.

15.March 2023

Having engaged in a discussion with Cristina, a highly skilled expert in her field, it was effortless and productive. Together, we successfully addressed several outstanding inquiries and Cristina generously imparted valuable insights for contemplation. I am impressed not only by her proficiency, but also by her willingness to assist. Many thanks and I look forward to staying connected.

11.March 2023

Cristina is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and a delight to speak with. We covered a surprising amount of ground in a short time. Thank you!

10.March 2023

I am really grateful for the talk with Cristina, she was available on a very short notice. I got bunch of useful advices and insights and now I feel empowered to navigate through the offer negotiations.

9.March 2023

Cristina helped me with questions related to building a talented IT team and creating a culture that stimulates innovation. She was very kind and determined to help me. Her advice is also very practical which allows me to directly apply what I learned.

Drive - The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Daniel H. Pink

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The 8th Habit - From Effectiveness to Greatness
Stephen R. Covey

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Man's Search For Meaning - The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust
Viktor E Frankl

16 MILLION COPIES SOLD 'A book to read, to cherish, to debate, and one that will ultimately keep the memories of the victims alive' John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. The sort of person the concentration camp prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.

Working Identity - Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
Herminia Ibarra

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Clever - Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People
Robert Goffee, Gareth Jones

If your company is like most, it has a handful of people who generate disproportionate quantities of value: A researcher creates products that bankroll the entire organization for decades. A manager spots consumer-spending patterns no one else sees and defines new market categories your enterprise can serve. A strategist anticipates global changes and correctly interprets their business implications. Companies' competitiveness, even survival, increasingly hinge on such "clever people." But the truth is, clever people are as fiercely independent as they are clever-they don't want to be led. So how do you corral these players in your organization and inspire them to achieve their highest potential? In Clever, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones offer potent insights drawn from their extensive research. The authors explain how to: -Identify your clever people and their motivations -Shelter your "clevers" from political distractions that can inhibit their productivity -Help clevers generate even more value by creating clever teams -Manage the unique tensions that can arise when clevers work together Leading clever people can be enormously challenging, yet doing so effectively is the key to your organization's sustained success. Lively and engaging, this book provides the ideas, practices, and examples you need to create an environment where your most brilliant people can flourish.

Ask Your Developer - How to Harness the Power of Software Developers and Win in the 21st Century
Jeff Lawson

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