1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a wife to the love of my life for over 13 years, mother of two, daughter, sister, friend, fierce special needs advocate and business owner. My friends think I am funny – I’m not sure if they are laughing at me or with me (LOL). I have worked in the staffing, HR & management industry for over a decade.
I write creative and effective resumes, empower and elevate others to see their value through my career coaching sessions and I help people find (and land) their dream job! I am authentic in my approach. I give people strategies for success to love what they see when they look in the mirror and the confidence to articulate it on paper and in person when needed.
I work with hiring managers to fill their open positions through my recruiting services. I believe in people and their ability to succeed in and out of the office. I am the President and & Founder of Alexander Recruiting, LLC and I am legit excited about people's future!
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
I have held many positions through high school and college (from McDonald's to working as an intern at Howard University in their finance department). However, the job that ignited my entrepreneurial spirit and had the most impact on the trajectory of my career was for a nationally recognized spa/wellness organization. After graduating from Massage Therapy school, I wanted to work in an environment that aligned with my skillset and aspirations. I began as an entry-level Sales Associate and quickly worked my way up to become a General Manager within the organization.
I was determined to learn the ins and outs of the entire organization. Not only would this make me a competitive candidate when applying for advancement within the organization, but it would also give me the “street credibility” that was needed as a young GM, who would be managing people twice my age.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
It’s funny how life can take you up and down and all around. In college, I was known as the go-to person to get your resume done and to give interview prep advice. I really enjoyed doing this for my peers and classmates. Having the opportunity to showcase a candidate’s skillset on paper, along with encouraging people to see what they offer brings me great joy (not sure why, lol)! In addition, the reaction I received after they saw my revised version of their resume or if they landed the position gave me a sense of purpose. At the time, I had no IDEA that you could do this for a living.
I took this skill with me all throughout my career. If people wanted to update their resume, I would do it for them at no charge. If they were nervous about the upcoming interview, I would schedule free interview prep time over lunch. It came naturally for me. Fast forward sixteen years, after working in multiple positions, and my home-life needs were calling out to me (literally screaming) loud and clear. If you recall, I mentioned in my bio that I am a fierce advocate for special needs. In 2018, my husband and I were facing a tough decision for education placement for our daughter (who was eight years old at the time) who was diagnosed with having an Intellectual Disability. She had always been in a special-education program, however, due to the new diagnosis (from Autism to Intellectual Disability), her current school was requesting that we move her to another school in the middle of the school year. It was becoming extremely stressful!
We made the decision that I would quit my job and start homeschooling her until we could find the best academic environment. It was tough but I would do it all over again if I had to. While homeschooling her, I considered how difficult it would be to transition back to a full-time career with such a huge gap in employment. Still hopeful, I made the decision to start Alexander Recruiting, LLC. It would give me the opportunity to keep my skills fresh, pursue my passion and calling, all while still being able to give both of our children the attention and time they needed. I needed work-life balance that was specific to our family dynamics at the time. I could not find employment anywhere that would provide that, so I created my own.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
The best career advice I have received is…Why not apply!? If you see a position that interests you and you meet most of the qualifications, why not apply? Too many times, especially as women, we only apply for positions where we meet every single qualification. That needs to change. I would have missed out on so many advancement opportunities if I did not take that advice. The worst thing that could happen is that you do not get the job.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Professionally, I would hope to obtain my master’s degree in counseling, my executive career coaching certification (which I will have this June – woohoo!) and expand my business to provide career coaching services nationwide to Universities’ and small-medium sized businesses. I firmly believe in having multiple sources of income and I love the University setting. It makes me feel hip and cool when I work with the students, kind of like YAY…I’ve still got it, lol! I also plan to be a resource for other career coaches and recruiters. I want to develop a network that will allow entry-level coaches and recruiters to learn and build professional relationships through networking events and webinars.
Personally, I would like to own my dream home and take advantage of every opportunity given to me to travel and spend intentional, uninterrupted time with family. I would like to continue to be a vessel and a blessing for others in their time of need. I firmly believe that God has blessed me immensely and I intend to share my blessings with others – they are too good to keep to myself!
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