You are the first internal recruiter we’ve hired, and we were so excited that you came on board! Share with me a typical day for you.
I’m super excited to be Fionta’s first internal recruiter! A typical day for me always starts with follow-ups. I follow up with candidates, potential candidates, hiring managers, and other stakeholders about any and all things recruiting-related. Mondays are usually filled with getting back to people who reached out or applied over the weekend, getting everyone’s availability to set up interviews and internal meetings, and getting things set up for the rest of the week. Following up is a huge part of my job – it’s important to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks, interviews go smoothly, and offers get out quickly!
Have you always been interested in talent recruitment? Has your focus been in tech exclusively?
I started my career working in the medical industry doing administrative/behind-the-scenes work like medical pre-authorization requests and insurance verification for various doctors, dentists, and specialized facilities. Around 2016 I moved into the tech industry, working as an Office Manager/HR Manager. I realized that talent acquisition comes naturally to me, and I focused my career on recruiting.
For job seekers out there, what are your top three tips for finding the right fit job and getting the offer?
My top three tips are: 1) First impressions are everything! Always try your best to make a great first impression. 2) Networking is important. Make lots of genuine connections in and outside of your field. You never know when someone can help you in your next career move, or you could help someone else. 3) Have a great resume! Focus it on your career highlights, hire a professional resume writer to review it, and ask your interviewers what stood out to them about your resume.
Bonus job-seeker tip: Don’t be afraid to leave a job that is not the best fit for you. You wouldn’t stay in a bad relationship just because you’ve been in it for years. Don’t stay in a bad job because you feel like you have to!
Are there certain hard or soft skills that stand out to you on a resume as particularly impressive?
Every person reviewing a resume has different things that stand out to them. For example, I like to see volunteer work included on a resume, whereas some interviewers view it as unnecessary filler information. Regarding hard skills, I like to see proficiency level listed next to a skill, e.g., Spanish (conversational) or Salesforce (highly proficient). It helps the resume reviewer to know more about your skill levels before the interview.
What’s your favorite part of the recruitment process?
My absolute favorite part of the recruitment process is the offer stage! Salary negotiation can be pretty stressful, exhilarating, and rewarding, but getting to call someone to tell them they have a new job is one of the greatest feelings ever!
Which of Fíonta’s core value(s) strikes closest to home for you? Why?
For me, it’s assume positive intent! Since I started working with Fíonta in June of 2021, I’ve added this core value to my personal values, and I say it all the time. Especially when it comes to work – everyone is playing for the same team. Unless someone behaves egregiously or exhibits harmful or detrimental behaviors, I think it’s safe to assume positive intent in all professional interactions. Even if someone is getting frustrated on the job, it’s typically only because they care about their work and want to do well. Assuming positive intent helps create a positive workplace!
Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
I absolutely love to travel and spend time with my girlfriends. My dog, Ripley, is my BFF, and we love to go for walks and shopping together.
Hiking or Biking?
I love both, but I’m gonna have to choose biking!
Smoothie or Iced Coffee?
Another toughie! Iced coffee for me, please!
Urban or Rural?
Actually, neither – I’m a suburbanite for life!
Wildflowers or roses?
Roses for sure
Favorite nut butter?
Cashew butter, 100%