Sep 18, 2023
In this episode of "Int-HER-rupt," host Linda Yates welcomes
Jennifer Smith, an expert in talent recruitment and leadership.
Jennifer shares her journey and experiences in the field of human
resources, discussing her transition from working in operations to
her successful career as a recruiter. She also provides valuable
insights into defining one's goals and finding the right fit in the
Jennifer Smith's Professional Journey
After college, Jennifer found herself working in an unbelievable
position. She never saw herself working in a potato factory, but it
was her first leadership position.
Despite it not being her dream job, she enjoyed the position. It
helped her develop the essential leadership skills she has
During her 15 years working with Frito Lay, she spent 15 years in
HR. Within this role, she gained experience in running a business
and leading a team.
She worked for a biotech company within the talent management
department. While working in this role, she found that many college
students struggled with finding their ideal job.
Now, Jennifer runs Flourish Careers company. She helps others find
the ideal career for them.
What Led to Her Success?
Jennifer shares that her success comes from defining what she wants
within her roles.
She also discusses why recruiting managers need to start with a
foundation when looking for an employee to fill a specific
A company or an employee may not check each box of your wants, but
they may have the key requirements you’re looking
How to Find the Right Candidate?
Jennifer shares how companies can find the ideal candidate for a
position. First, managers should look beyond the resume. Does the
candidate have transferable skills or experiences? Can you start an
internship program to help you find the ideal
For job seekers, Jennifer discusses the importance of networking
within the organization you want to work for. It will help you
bypass the over-saturated online system of job seeking.
Once you figure out your ideal candidate, go where they like to
hang out. For example, Are there specific online communities where
you can find talent?
Advice on Employee Engagement
To help deepen engagement with new talent, Jennifer discusses the
importance of optimizing your onboarding process. Have someone
mentor new hires for the first 60 to 90 days.
Provide feedback that encourages celebrations and mistakes during
the onboarding process. You don’t want to just point out the bad,
but you want to point out the wins too.
Develop a learning program to allow employees to gain new skills.
The world is changing, and you want your employees to stay
up-to-date on new tec
"The first thing I think about with that question is just
knowing what you want. So really defining what you want in the role
that you're looking for is first and foremost." - Jennifer
Jennifer shares her inspiring journey from operations to HR to
becoming a successful recruiter. Through her experiences, she
demonstrates the value of defining goals, embracing learning
opportunities, and finding the right fit in the hiring
Listeners are encouraged to reflect on their own career aspirations
and gain valuable insights into navigating the ever-changing job
market. To hear more about Jennifer's journey and gain further
insights into talent recruitment and personal growth, tune into the
full episode of "Int-HER-rupt" with Linda Yates.
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