1.) How did you get started in the staffing industry, and what made you want to go into it? As many of us in staffing, I did not seek out the opportunity. I had met someone who was a VP with a staffing firm and I had just moved to the Houston area. He recommended I interview so my intent was to interview with the agency for a role in marketing with Compaq (now HP). They recruited me to sell technical services in the Houston area and history was made.
2.) The most rewarding part of your job is? I absolutely love the people side of our business. When I first started my career in staffing, it was working with the clients. It was rewarding to sit with clients and listen and understand their “pain points” and have the ability to offer solutions. As I moved into more of a management role, my passion became helping others become successful. To this day, my passion is helping other see their full potential in our business and working with internal colleagues and clients.
3.) What advice would you give someone who is looking to work with a staffing agency? Whether someone has hiring needs or is looking for a job, my advice is to meet with the representative(s) in person. If you feel that someone is just trying to sell something, move on. In our industry we should offer career counseling and coaching and not just a “butt in seat” solution. Those staffing firms that put their talent and clients first are those that are reputable and best in class.
4.) What’s one thing people may not know about you? Funny thing is those that know me know that I love technology and am passionate about using technology to grow our business. I am a true technical geek at heart. However, I barely passed my computer science class in college.
5.) Tell us about your Atterro journey. (i.e. what positions have you held throughout your career with Atterro). My tenure with Atterro is short – I’ve been here 6 months now. I’ve known of ProStaff most of my career and have known people that have come and gone in the company. I am so thrilled to be a part of the Atterro family now.