Director of Recruiting
In 2007, I began my career in recruiting as a Research Associate Intern for a boutique Retained Executive Search firm called Lake Forest Executive Search while I was in college. That role evolved and I became a full-time Associate. We were growing substantially as a company, while simultaneously I was growing as a professional.
By 2009, I was promoted to Senior Associate and in 2010 they added Director of Research Operations to my title and mixed it into the Senior Associate job I was already in. My responsibility was to support the five Managing Partners of the firm by assisting them in executing their various searches. As a Senior Associate, my job was to identify the target companies which I would then dig into and find our potential candidates, cold call everyone that I found, establish a short list of qualified candidates and then physically interview those candidates. It was in this position that I really learned the core competencies that are required to be a successful recruiter. The Research and Operations function that I took on put me in charge of developing a research department and put in place several various processes both on the research side of the business as well as the sales and business development side of the business. I handled the hiring, training and managing of research associates as well as established all research and ongoing operational processes and strategies that our firm used. They proved successful and we continued to grow. We sold the company in 2013 to the largest privately owned staffing company in the World.
After a year with our new parent company, I took a 2-year hiatus from recruiting to go work for Coyote Logistics, which at the time was the fastest growing logistics company in the United States. I was a National Account Manager at Coyote and was part of the West Coast carrier sales division. When my good friend Phil Brilliant told me he was looking to significantly grow his company and wanted to implement an in-house, full blown recruiting initiative- my interest was piqued. After some discussion about the future and what our plans were, the decision was made and here I am!