Today, I am joined by my colleague, Joanie Belo. Although this episode was recorded in 2022 and has been in production for some time, I’m thrilled to share Joanie’s journey with you.
In this episode, Joanie takes us through her journey from Virginia Tech to becoming an Entry-Level Recruiter at ROCS, where she now holds the title of Recruiting Manager.
She offers us a behind-the-scenes look at her initial expectations versus the reality of the job and how she learned to navigate the unpredictable but fulfilling nature of the work.
We’ll dive into Joanie’s experience starting her career at ROCS, her transition from remote work to a hybrid schedule, and the biggest challenge that most recent graduates face when navigating the real world.
Listen in to hear Joanie’s valuable insight and advice and get a glimpse into the dynamic world of staffing–especially if you’re looking to start a career in the industry.
Thanks again for listening to “Leaving The Nest.” I hope you enjoy my conversation with Joanie. Please leave us a review wherever you are listening and share this episode with others you know who are just Leaving the Nest.
In This Episode:
[02:20] - We're introduced to our guest, Joanie Belo.
[02:47] - Joanie shares her journey to Virginia Tech and Human Resources.
[05:44] - Joanie shares the three main classes she took in the Human Resources field at VT and the one that sparked her interest in talent acquisition.
[08:36] - Joanie shares the one club she stuck with that helped her give back and the one that gave her a whole new view.
[09:41] - The growing pains Joanie experienced in her transition to the "real world."
[12:48] - How her friends and family showed up for her as she navigated her next move out of college.
[15:57] - Why connections matter—how Joanie found her future at ROCS.
[18:36] - Joanie shares why she loves the ROCS hybrid work setup.
[21:18] - The rewards, challenges, and dynamic nature of recruiting from Joanie's experience.
[23:22] - How supportive colleagues and trainers helped Joanie learn how to conduct interviews and pitch jobs.
[25:33] - The requirements for recruiters to understand the job and candidate at an entry-level staffing firm like ROCS (and the story of Joanie's first placement).
[26:23] - Joanie shares what she finds most rewarding about recruiting.
[27:31] - The advice Joanie received as she transitioned into account management with ROCS and the benefits of seeing the recruiting BIG PICTURE.
[29:27] - The natural progression from recruiting to sales.
[30:05] - Joanie shares her two favorite ROCS memories so far.
[32:32] - Joanie shares her biggest piece of advice for someone interested in the staffing industry.
[34:38] - How to get in touch with Joanie.
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