I love my job because it’s not a job; it’s what I feel I was truly meant to do. What I feel makes me “elite” is that I am dedicated to practicing a couple simple principles which are as follows: “my word is my bond” and dare to be bold by asking the difficult questions which are necessary in some situations with candidates and clients. Being honest and practicing integrity is the cornerstone on which I build and maintain relationships whether professional or personal. I don’t believe in making excuses. I believe in finding solutions by being as creative as possible and practicing persistence. Clients have sometimes referred to my work ethic as that of a pit bull. Pit bulls are known to literally run until their hearts give out because they enjoy the chase. That in a nutshell, is why I love my job and what makes me great at it. The chase, the unique complexities involved in each organizations needs, figuring out the psychology behind a candidates motivations, and taking that twisted Jenga of a problem and building a solution that not only works but becomes an asset. This is what makes my heart beat and ultimately helps me source the best candidates which in turn have helped me build great working relationships with some of the largest organizations in Wisconsin.
Where do I even begin? I tried a million different things before finally finding my calling. After going to art school, I was successfully featured in numerous art shows but found it rather dull. Following that, I decided that perhaps I’d like to dabble in the more comical realm of caricature. Upon doing so, I quickly realized that not only was I not great at it, and I didn’t necessarily enjoy it either. So, after attending job fairs and realizing that, surprise surprise, there wasn’t necessarily a large call for artists, I did what most lost twenty-somethings do and joined the world of serving. I cocktailed at Ghost Bar in Las Vegas and then was lucky enough to work with one of the world’s top Iron Chef’s, Mario Batali. Food and wine then became an obsession. I moved to New York so I could be at the forefront of this burgeoning scene. I began to study in a sommelier program, feeling that this was perhaps what I was meant to do. But as time went on, the constant weekends and late nights wore on me so I began to consider additional roles. My husband suggested that I should consider working as a recruiter. Because I’d been exposed to so many different industries and lived in so many different locations throughout the states, he thought that perhaps I would naturally pick it up…and pick it up I did. I loved it from the very first moment. It felt right. It was as if everything I had done prior to this had prepared me for this type of venture: presenting to art lovers, serving drinks to everyday people, and working alongside famous clientele resulted in an ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the work force and so began my career. I started with Healthcare Staffing, moved into Engineering, Skilled Trades, Administrative, Light Industrial, Finance and then Professional Staffing. I’ve enjoyed every genre as I feel that each has only served to help me become a capable recruiter well versed in numerous verticals.
I was part of a team of artists who received recognition from the Governor of California for our murals which depicted leaders of hope and change such as Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King. These murals were painted in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Salinas, California which had become a major drug trafficking route for the Sinaloa Cartel. Doing this was dangerous. Gun shots were a daily occurrence and the sound of sirens were so constant that you became oblivious to the noise. Each day our paint covered more and more of the gang insignia until all that was left was our depiction of true leaders representing hope and equality. These murals were the community’s first strike at promoting peace and denouncing the Cartels which had so violently invaded our streets. Because of the danger that we put ourselves in daily, our efforts were recognized by the Governor and to this day, they stand as an image of hope and change in neighborhoods that had been so previously terrorized.
I wish I was doing more in terms of giving back. However, I donate to charities such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill. At Christmas time, my daughter and I will go through her toys and decide which ones we’ll donate to either Children’s hospital or the YMCA so that she can begin to understand how fortunate she is and how great it feels to give to those less fortunate. I’ve also helped candidates who haven’t been as fortunate as myself to prep for interviews and have even given candidates clothes so that they have the best chance possible for being considered for a position.
I’m a mom, a wife, an auntie, and a daughter so as you can imagine that takes the majority of my time… If I find a day here and there to do something else, I love cooking, painting, music festivals and making really poor attempts at swing dancing, salsa and merengue.
elite offers Direct Placement, Contract-to-Hire, Project Placement and Recruitment Process Insourcing (TalentScout) services through its headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
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