New year, new questions. See what our favorite recruiters had to say this month.
Asked & Answered is a monthly column where we ask talent acquisition professionals questions about their work, industry trends, and their productivity tips. to be emailed every time a new recruiting post is posted.
This month, we asked six experienced talent acquisition professionals about company perks, universal skills, productivity, and their 2016 New Year’s resolutions. We hope you enjoy their tips— let us know in the comments what you’d like us to ask next month.
What’s your favorite perk that your company offers?
Stephen: $5,200 tuition reimbursement.
Caitlin: Can I name a few? Our learning and development programs, our charitable efforts through , wearing T-shirts to work, catered lunch on Thursdays, snack time every day, great benefits, great office energy … The list goes on!
Andrew: It’s hard to choose just one! We have a flexible vacation policy, which is really awesome, but I also love that we’re a dog-friendly company. It’s great to take a break from work and spend a few minutes playing with some of the pups around the office.
AnnaMarie: Working at our headquarters, we have a gym membership! They offer group fitness classes during lunch hours, which really helps break up the day.
What’s your first read in the morning?
Kelly: First and foremost, I read ! With any time left over, I’ll read the New York Times highlights.
Andrew: Definitely my LinkedIn feed. It’s where I learn about industry news and interesting things happening in the professional world.
AnnaMarie: At work, it’s emails. At home, I usually check my phone for any new notifications before I start my day. Maybe check out Facebook, emails, text messages.
What is one skill that every person should have?
Andrea: Good writing skills.
Kelly: Having a positive attitude is the best thing a person can possibly bring to any situation.
Andrew: Strong communication skills, no doubt. There’s no way around it. You have to be a clear and confident speaker in today’s world.
AnnaMarie: I wouldn’t call this a skill as it should be more of a characteristic: WORK ETHIC! Plain and simple. If you have drive, you’ll go places.
What’s your favorite app?
Andrea: Waze (especially in LA traffic!).
Caitlin: Podcast. Specifically, “TED Radio Hour”
Kelly: The Reminders app is EVERYTHING in my life. I’m constantly making lists.
Andrew: The Blue Apron app, of course! Through the mobile app, you can manage your account, invite friends to try Blue Apron, and share photos of your Blue Apron recipes directly to your social media accounts.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution?
Stephen: Adopt a child.
Andrea: Less sugar and more meditation.
Caitlin: Learn new things. About what? Whatever strikes my fancy! Wood working, world history, the way the brain works, etc. – knowledge is power.
Kelly: I’m committed to taking more pictures this year (Sorry Instagram friends!).
Andrew: I’m not a big fan of resolutions because I think we should improve ourselves not just once a year, but everyday. One thing I’m working on is to be more mindful and present when I’m at work, at the gym, with friends/family, etc.
AnnaMarie: To not have one! I try to live life to the fullest every day, making good choices for myself, my family, my company. Everyone should march to the beat of their own drum! It makes life fulfilling.