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Episode 7: Robert Gonzalez, Silicon Valley recruiter, formerly from Tesla, TiVo and Google

September 11, 2017


Rob Gonzalez, a Silicon Valley recruiter talks about how important it is to adapt your communication style for different people, rolling with the punches, and the importance of humility, among other things.


Rob started out as a Navy Diver and Bomb Disposal Specialist. At one point, he thought he would spend his life in the military. After a near-fatal incident, he pivoted his career over to HR. As a recruiter, Rob has amassed impressive credits on his resume, having worked for Tesla, Tivo, and Google. Join us for our conversation about life as a Silicon Valley recruiter and why communication is of the utmost importance.




  • Rob’s journey from career Navy to Silicon Valley recruiter

  • How he adapted to working with civilians

  • Lessons from early staffing experiences

  • Adapting communication styles for different audiences

  • The importance of humility

  • Creating and curating a brand identity

  • Pursuing a job at Tivo

  • A day in the life of a Silicon Valley recruiter

  • Staying organized, while rolling with the punches

  • Rob’s three tips for recruiters




“It was a lot easier to deal with…an underwater rebreather or a blasting cap than it was to deal with a human being…” -Rob Gonzalez


“I remember my first assignment was sending people to a fruit-packing company.” -Rob Gonzalez


“You have to have people who challenge you.” -Rob Gonzalez


“The recruiter who stops learning, stops growing.” Rob Gonzalez




Rob’s LinkedIn

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