What is your role at LJTP?
Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant. Initial project with LJTP was a contingent search for Manhard Consulting in February 2020. Manhard was looking for a Civil Engineer with Project Management and Business Development experience in the Chicagoland region. Then Covid-19 hit and everything went on hold.
In October, I joined the Hearthside Foods Project for Grand Rapids. We wear many hats for this project from sourcing & recruiting, to hand-holding.
What did you do prior to joining LJTP?
I worked for Kay and Associates, Inc. – a technical staffing agency. We competed against Aerotek and TekSystems through the years. We focused on IT, engineering and manufacturing placements – both temp to perm and perm. I was responsible for business development and full life cycle recruiting for this family-owned business. When the pandemic hit full on in March of 2020, I was able to land a project as a Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant for Fresenius Kabi in Melrose Park.
What drew you to LJTP originally?
A friend of mine introduced me to Dan Bovee and the RPO concept. I was in transition from Kay and Associates, Inc. and was not sure exactly what I wanted to do next. The flexibility and opportunity to focus strictly on recruiting appealed to me.
And how has LJTP changed since?
Actually, the nice thing about LJPT is that nothing changed. The people who connected with me are the exact same as when I first started as they are today. And oh yeah, there has been a pandemic going on. The message has been consistent and the support steady and that is part of the reason we are in a good position heading into 2021.
What is your favorite part about working at LJTP?
The first answer is flexibility but right up there at 1A is the model and mission for LJTP. Take a bunch of people who love what they do, harness the energy, share best practices, and then deliver results to a market craving consistent, professional services are fun.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Adjusting to the work from home model after going to an office for the majority of my career. And this was before the pandemic!
How has LJTP helped you grow personally and professionally?
Personally, I have had to stretch my IT skills. Having always had an IT person on staff at previous companies spoiled me so stepping out of my comfort zone has been a positive. Professionally being able to learn from co-workers who bring their A-game has provided a tremendous boost professionally. Whether a reference to how someone handled a difficult situation or commiserating with a colleague when the job presents challenges, I have learned new tools already.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Watch my daughters play soccer. I referee youth basketball. I train and mentor high school and college students who want to become basketball referees. Play 16” softball and always enjoy a round of golf with friends.