Connecting and placing job seekers in a position they’ll love is what keeps people like Chase Rodriguez, Executive Recruiter at Global Employment Solutions (GES), thriving.
We got a chance to sit down with Chase to talk about his role as an Executive Recruiter at Global Employment Solutions (GES), a National Staffing Firm that provides professional staffing solutions to clients. GES is the preferred staffing partner for government agencies, large healthcare and Fortune 500 customers, and more. Hear from Chase about why he enjoys working at GES, and the path he took to find his dream Philly gig.
Check out our full interview with Chase below:
What college did you graduate from, and what was your major? How did your classes and college experience prepare you for your job now?
I graduated from Cabrini University in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. My business classes and professors were tremendously helpful in preparing me for the “real world.” Cabrini University requires that you have at least one qualified internship to graduate. This put necessary pressure on students to be proactive and gain important internship experience in their field of study upon graduation.
Tell me a bit about the company you work for: What’s their mission? What drew you to the company?
Global Employment Solutions (GES) is a National Staffing firm. I work in the Philadelphia market office located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. I learned about GES through a networking event while in college and worked an internship with GES through the summer of my Junior/Senior year of college—I was instantly hooked on recruiting.
What’s a typical day like for you?
Typical day at GES: Source qualified candidates for our clients’ open positions from job boards and job fairs, interview potential candidates, help candidates format their resumes, extend verbal offers to candidates and prepare offer material, and more.
What excites you most about your job?
Helping someone find a position that they truly enjoy is the best feeling ever! Clients will often times reach out and express their appreciation for our services or compliment us on our placements—that to me is a job well done.
What is your favorite part of having a career in Philly?
I have always said to myself that I would never move outside of the Philly area to look for work—simply because there is no reason to. The number of opportunities this city has to offer is tremendous. Philly offers the resources to help you succeed in whatever it is that you want to do!
What about Philly made you want to stay and work in the area?
Philadelphia is the land of opportunity! For me, it was the memories of my mother who worked in Center City. Growing up, my brother and I would visit her at work and she would show us around her building and take us to her conference room that displayed an amazing view of the city’s skyline. That same spark and motivation has grown inside of me and continues to push me forward. Philly is motivating!
If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing before graduating college, what would it be?
Be as involved and as well-known as possible. Try new things and do not have an “I’ll never use this in my life” attitude when learning new things.
If you could offer one piece of advice to a college freshman, what would it be?
Network! Befriend professors who are in your field of study (often times professors have industry connections). Networking is also helpful because you will meet people in different industries and realize that you may want to pursue something different while there is still time to change your major.
If you could offer one piece of advice to a college senior who is soon to graduate, what would you tell them?
Be active on LinkedIn and make your own business cards! Have your resume on nice paper, and a cover letter and nice folder to store it all in, but make sure to have a business card! My junior year of college I ordered 250 personalized business cards from staples that cost me a whopping 12 dollars—best 12 dollars I have ever spent! Having business cards in college will make you stand out!
Do you have any interviewing tips to offer students as they apply for internships or jobs?
Do your research on the company that you are interviewing for and speak about your strengths. Employers are oftentimes seeking an energetic individual who is going to bring fresh ideas to the table. It is also very important to be confident—I always tell my candidates that nerves are inevitable but confidence is key.
When and how did you start networking?
I started monthly networking during my junior year of college with the Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association. I got involved through a professor at my University and I would attend the monthly events. Networking does not have to be alone—get your friends involved and make it “fun” to network with individuals in your same field of study.
Do you have any networking tips to offer students as they enter their post-grad lives?
Don’t be nervous to initiate the conversation—simply asking “Hi, What do you do for work?” can spark a 5-10 minute conversations that could end up being beneficial for the both of you. Remember to speak highly of the university you are about to graduate from and be sure to express how the resources they have provided you will help you excel in any position after graduation.
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