Gray Scalable Spotlight: Michael Aiyar

A little more information about Michael, our Sourcing Consultant and Candidate Wrangler...

How he got into HR:

“My first job was an internship at a small tech recruiting company in California when I was in high school. I didn't realize it at the time, but it planted a seed that stayed with me throughout college and eventually led to my first job at Microsoft in campus recruiting. Working in tech ended up being a great experience for me, and I even wrote a blog post about it. After being at a large organization for a bit, I decided it was time to try something new, and moved to NYC to join Gray Scalable. It's been awesome learning about the startup world and seeing how smaller organizations build and scale.” Read more about why Michael works in tech in his Inclusion Matters blog post:


Michael’s role at Gray Scalable:

As a Sourcing Consultant, Michael specializes in researching startups and the talent market and connecting candidates with roles for our clients. He also works on implementing our CMS/ATS system and is always exploring new sourcing tools and methods.

Michael’s proudest moment at Gray Scalable was making his first successful candidate-client connection at Wellpass! When he started with Wellpass, it was very early stage, so when he reached out, that was the first time the engineer had heard about the company. “It was incredibly satisfying to be able to connect her with a new opportunity that she might not have found on her own - especially one with a mission that she believed in and a product she was excited to help build.”


His favorite projects:

“I've been lucky enough to be at a large client (Buzzfeed) and a tiny one (Wellpass) and I've liked each for different reasons. It's fun to recruit for something that people have already heard of and know about (like Buzzfeed), but it can also be fun to educate people about something new and innovative (Wellpass). I've also really enjoyed getting to work on streamlining our workflows and integrations with our ATS/CRM.”


Some fun facts about Michael:

Although a terrible singer in real life, Michael once ended up singing karaoke with Mary Lambert (collaborator and friend of Macklemore). He was also, randomly, featured on an interview about Zagreb on Croatian television