How did you get into technology recruiting? I was a territory sales representative at Nestle US when a close friend and IT recruiter suggested I consider the field. One thing led to another and I landed an advanced recruiter role at Randstad Technologies US. After six great years I joined Corptax as a senior technical recruiter, and through the years, I’ve taken programming languages and development classes to help me relate to our employment candidates.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Simply put, I like people! I manage five locations and have the opportunity to fill jobs for departments outside of software development, so I’ve been able to grow. I like building relationships during the recruitment process.
What surprises you most about working at Corptax? We are growing so fast, I am busy all day, every day—all year long.
What’s one thing you’re learning now and why is it important? I constantly hone my craft and learn more ways to improve the overall candidate experience. This covers all the touch points—our website, job descriptions, email communications, and interviews. How do we get great candidates to engage with our story and become employees? It’s important because we want the best people out there!
What’s something—big or small—you’re really good at? Talking to people. I’m open minded and feel comfortable with all personality types. Software developers can be different from QA people who can be different from sales people, and I enjoy them all.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Always take ownership—embrace what you’re doing and see it through. Plus, be open, honest, and transparent with people.
What do you enjoy most about working at Corptax? The amazing teamwork. I work with a diverse group of personalities from a variety of backgrounds, but we’re all in this together working towards the same goal. So even though there may be several angles to solve a problem, we align as a team and get great results.
Flash back to 10 years old—what did you want to be when you grew up? A professional athlete, and if that didn’t work out, I wanted to go into the ice cream industry, like my dad.
What lessons has your work life taught you? Show up, work hard, and be respectful, and life will give you opportunities to help you get where you want to be.
What are some opportunities you see developing in the next 5 years? The need for technology skills will grow. More and more big companies like Facebook and Google will open offices in the Chicago area, intensifying the competition for good people. To remain competitive, companies must be flexible in hiring workers for high demand positions and must make hiring decisions quickly.
Who is someone you admire and why? David Goggins, a retired Navy SEAL, inspires me. He overcame an extremely difficult childhood through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work. Goggins believes to achieve your best, you must push yourself past your comfort zone. He is one of the world’s top endurance athletes and has completed over 60 ultra-marathons and ultra-triathlons and was named “The Fittest Man in America.”