Success Story | Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development

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Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development
Financial Recruiter | Coenen Bros

How did you learn about your current position?
At the Human Resource Development (HRD) recruiting fair held in STSS.

Describe your position.
I am a financial recruiter for Coenen Bros. My job is to recruit public accountants from the Big 4 accounting firms and place them in new positions within our client companies. Throughout the process I provide a wider professional network for my recruits, offer them career counseling and resume tips as well as create the opportunity for a more satisfying professional life.

What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really enjoy that every day isn’t the same. I get to talk to a handful of different people each day, go to coffee with recruits and get to know them, and talk to different clients and showcase the strengths of the recruits I am working with. The variety of things I get to do helps me to stay really interested in my job and look forward to each work day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
Recruiting is an area of HRD that I explored in the course Professions and Practices of HRD (OLPD 3696) and really took an interest in. I have always wanted to work with people and be able to help them in some way, so recruiting helps me to tie my interest in the business world into my desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. I enjoy seeing people make positive advances in their careers to make for a better work-life balance overall, and I’m happy that I can be the one to help make that happen.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I constantly updated my resume and sought out advice from other professionals in my network. I made sure to be outgoing at career events such as the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services because making yourself stand out from the crowd is sure to help in landing the perfect position!

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found attending the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services to be the most helpfuI. An event catered to my field of study was the perfect way to find an internship within my interests and it offered a really good way to get my name and resume out to multiple employers at once.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Take your internship day by day and really focus on all the different things you are learning! Internships are the perfect way to really decide what you want to do later in life. I would suggest doing as many internships as you can and getting a feel for multiple types of jobs so you can make sure you are following the right career path.