Kate O.

Kate O.
Company title: 
Staffing Team Manager
Years at CTG: 
Grew up in San Jose, CA
Current City: 
Ames, IA
Favorite Song Right Now: 
I love Adele’s “Hello,” but I think I’m getting to that point where I need a new fave!

I’m up and working early, usually online by 7:30 a.m. to take a peek to see if any night owl candidates responded to me via email overnight. I have a family with four kids who are generally self-sufficient in the mornings, so while I work from home, I’m still able to hug and kiss everybody goodbye as they leave for their respective bus stops between 7:50 and 8:30 a.m. Several mornings a week, I have early check-in calls with my recruiting team and individual team members that I always love. These calls satisfy my need for team camaraderie, and provide a time to train and go over any issues we’re facing and challenges for which we need to brainstorm solutions.

Then, I focus on recruiting tasks. This might involve sourcing for resumes, emailing and calling potential candidates, setting up and prepping candidates for interviews, and hopefully extending or discussing an offer. At mid-day, I try to get out of the house to go for a run or walk, otherwise my Fitbit isn’t happy with me by the time 5 p.m. rolls around!

The afternoon is spent continuing the aforementioned recruiting tasks, along with clarifying new client requirements, researching unfamiliar technologies, researching quotes/bid requests, discovering new ways of finding candidates, working with CTG corporate on corporate recruiting initiatives, checking in with candidates for status, attending weekly team meetings to discuss our team’s status on all requirements, and recruiting on any internal needs to which I may be assigned. My day at the computer usually wraps up just before or just after 5 p.m., depending on my kids activities, and I try to get out for another walk. It’s not easy trying to reach 10,000 steps a day as a recruiter!

I usually cook and enjoy dinner with my family, do house chores and laundry, intermixed with scheduled and unscheduled candidate calls that inevitably come in after ”normal” business hours. If our requirement load is high, and if we have major hiring initiatives with short windows to hire, I will spend time sourcing and emailing/inmailing candidates after my kids go to bed.

My day may not sound exciting to all, but just imagine all of the interesting and occasionally very odd people I get to talk to on a daily basis. I get to be part psychiatrist as I listen and allay fears for some; part trainer and educator as I give interview tips and professional advice; part investigator as I discover the backgrounds and history of candidates and learn new things; part salesperson as I develop relationships and “explain” to many who, exactly, CTG is; and part researcher as I learn about all types of new technologies. My candidates tell me about their dreams and aspirations, and then I’m on a mission to try to make those dreams come true. I can’t think of a better way to spend my day!