In this recurring Q & A series, you will learn about that person with whom you've been speaking, emailing, and texting -- your recruiter. They know a lot about you, but now it's your turn to learn about them. And you'll finally be able to see if the voice matches the person you imagined!
How long have you worked as a recruiter?
I have been recruiting for over 20 years. I started in healthcare then went into e-commerce and now I’m back in healthcare. In fact, I’m in my sixth year with HCI.
Why are you a recruiter?
It gives me such pleasure to get someone a job. I really enjoy sharing their excitement. Plus, I feel lucky to work with HCI; it’s such a great company.
How do you respond when a potential laboratory employee tells you they are unsure about using an agency for their job search?
You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by using an agency. Plus, with a recruiting firm, your resume will go directly to the hiring manager and will not get lost in Human Resources.
What other jobs have you held?
In college I was a communications/technical writing major. I interned in public relations at WHDH, Channel 7 in Boston. I was fortunate enough to do PR work when Wheel of Fortune came to Boston as well as for the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships.
I was recruited out of college to play pro soccer with the Portuguese league after being nominated twice to the All American team in college and leading the country in scoring. In 2016 I was inducted into the Fitchburg State University Athletic Hall of Fame. I still kick the ball around a bit, but back surgeries keep me off the field.
What do you do when you are not working?
I love outdoor activities including fishing, boating, being at the beach, or anything with my family and fiance. I am originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts so I did a lot of snow skiing and even rock diving in Vermont.
I am a huge fan of Liverpool soccer as well as New England sports. In fact, I held season tickets for every Patriots game for 20 years until I moved. It started as a tailgating event with four people, but eventually our group multiplied to more than 20. We would have lobster, pork roast, or even fried whole turkeys!
What is your favorite vacation spot(s)?
My top three include any island in the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and Cape Cod.
If you worked in the laboratory, where would you want to work and why?
I would want to be involved with molecular and microbiology to be part of the newest achievements and advancements including working with COVID-19.
If you had to give just one tip for interviewing, what would it be?
Be honest and confident in yourself and your skills. You will never get a job you don’t think you deserve.