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What is your professional background?

I started my career in security. For five years I did everything from doing observation rounds, helping with safety problems and helping with HR concerns. I did this work while I was pursuing my associate’s degree. I originally started school for drug and alcohol counseling, switching to biology and then chemistry before finally landing on business and marketing.

I then attended WSU Vancouver for my bachelor’s degree, completing the capstone program twice. Their capstone program consists of offering consulting to small businesses in the Vancouver area to help them find ways to improve their profitability through making a business plan, doing marketing and helping them with their finances. You work with people from all different backgrounds, get to experience different personalities, learn to work with a client and really discover your strengths. In that program, I actually earned the nickname the ‘The Velvet Hammer’ because my mentor said that I was really good at dropping the hammer when clients asked for too much, while making them feel good about it at the same time.

I interned at H&R Block for a while doing marketing and sales; while there, I oversaw the district, planned and executed events, contacted leads and scheduled appointments.

I ended up in human resources because I thought I could apply my marketing and sales skills in a different way. I know that talking to people and trying to find them jobs requires marketing because you need to know how to attract candidates, but it also requires sales because you have to sell the position to the candidate and sell the candidate to the practice. Human resources allows me to use all of my experience in a really cool and unique way.

What do you do here at Fuel, and what is your favorite part of your job?

I am a recruiting specialist. My favorite part of my job is getting to know different people from all over the country and constantly evolving my personality to make people feel comfortable, so they’ll really open up to me. I don’t think there’s anything more rewarding than contributing to somebody’s professional success and helping a business grow at the same time. I use my skills to build the ads that attracts candidates, do a lot of fun and interesting research, come up with new ways to make the best job titles based on current trends and determine the ways I can construct the ad to attract more candidates.

What is your favorite thing about the Fuel office culture?

I love how collaborative we are and enjoy working together with a team to achieve something great. We have so many people with diverse backgrounds and amazing skills that a small idea can turn it into an awesome final product.

What is your current hobby and how did you get into it?

During this time of year, my hobby is clamming and crabbing. I’ve been doing it since I could walk; it’s really, really hard for me to miss a clam tide. In fact, I just bought full body waders that I’m really proud of. There’s nothing more fun than getting all of my clams in ten minutes and going back out the next morning to catch a ton of crab. My hobbies really depend on the time of year. In the summer, I like to hike, camp and fish while this time of year it’s clamming, crabbing and staying inside cuddled up watching musicals.