Becky Allen [beckyallen]
What is your profession? What is your title printed on your business card?
Technical Recruiter, Resource Operations Manager
What did you study and why did you choose to study that field?
I studied Business Management. I started out with a Political Science major in hopes of becoming a Lawyer but then switched to Business Management to understand how to run and operate a business.
What is expected of you in your job, and how do you accomplish it?
I am expected to recruit and hire professionals in the Technology arena. I use different resources (LinkedIn, Twitter and other job boards to post jobs and search for talent). I also rely heavily on my network that I've built through the years and always ask for referrals.
If you're in IT and actively or passively looking for a job send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or connect with me on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/beckyallen77).
What links do you have on the Internet: website, blog, social networks?
Are you satisfied with the education that you received?
Yes I am satisfied with the education I received.
In which areas have you thought of building upon your education?
I have to stay on top of new technology, policies, forums etc and I take advantage of the webinars offered through HCI, ERE, SHRM etc.
In which tasks are you good at, and in which could you better yourself?
I'm good at listening and understanding business needs/requirements and finding the right candidate (not only technical skills but soft skills) to make a good quality hire.
Do you usually attended seminars or coursework to advance your professional work or would you consider yourself a more self-taught person?
I regularly attend seminars, webinars and participate in forums.
When did you realise that your work was being considered important and that it could possibly take you places?
From the beginning I realized that recruiting is rewarding in the sense that you are able to offer an opportunity for change (a better work environment, work/life balance, commute, more $$, work with cutting edge technology etc).
Which publications associated with your field do you regularly read?
HCI (Human Capital Institute), SHRM, HR Today, ERE and various other.
Which languages do you speak, and how have you learned them?
Fluent in English and Spanish. Can read and speak (a little) Russian and Italian.
How do you feel about speaking in front of an audience? What experience have you had in this arena?
I am terrified of speaking in front of an audience. As part of what I do, it's something I do often.
Do you attend cocktail parties, presentations, fairs or conventions related to your profession?
Yes, often. In the Metro DC area there are a look of business functions that you can attend.
Have you explored the social networks for professionals online? Are you member of any of them?
I am a member of LinkedIn, Twitter, FB etc.
How is the Interent changing the way you work?
The internet has made it easier for me to connect and find wider scope of people that in the past I wouldn't have been able to reach. It's amazing how in the late 90's and early 2000's many where still faxing in resumes. And now with the click of a button to can reach and distribute so much more.
Besides your current profession, what other things would you have liked to have been?
An Architect or Interior Designer.
What is the most important thing you have learned from experience?
Always to listen to what people are saying and NEVER assume anything.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up.
The Internet and Technology!
What do you do to manage stress?
Deep breaths and meditation. It works!!!
McLean, VA, US