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Vitamin of the Week: Emily Peel (Orange County)


Emily Peel

World traveler, perennial Chicago sports fan, and agent for Vitamin T Orange County, Emily Peel is truly at one with the creative universe.

Ready to be enlightened?

Just climb the stairs to hear her advice on interviewing candidates, the myths of recruiting, and the cosmic impossibility of KimYe as she answers to our 7 Quick Questions.

  1. What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? The absolute best thing is to let your network know you're looking! I’ve read several articles which point out that 80% of jobs are filled before they are posted. Absolutely true. When our clients call us with a graphic design need, we already have names for them to interview, so neither Vitamin T or the client needs to post that job. It’s a game of who you know. By informing your network through LinkedIn and Facebook, just think of the doors you’ll open at dozens of different companies. An interview can become a whole lot warmer when someone inside can vouch for your experience and character.
  2. Biggest myth about being a recruiter? The biggest myth about recruiters is that they try to scam candidates out of a higher pay to make more money off the client. While I completely understand where this myth came from, I'm determined to debunk it. Too often it’s the bad eggs, get more recognition than the good ones. Any solid recruiter will tell you making that perfect match between a client and a talent is so much more satisfying than any commission or bonus attached. This is my true motivation, and I know for a fact it's the end goal of every successful recruiter out there. The power a recruiter has over someone's career is an immense responsibility and making both parties happy is a struggle, but in the end—it's magical! To you myth believers out there, I challenge you to ask your recruiter what motivates them. If they say money or if their passion/values don't align with yours, leave. There are plenty of others out there who will give you the attention you deserve!
  3. What’s your favorite interview question? Why is it your favorite? "What other companies are you interviewing with?" As a recruiter, you can find out so many things by asking this simple question. For one, you’ve just discovered the types of companies your candidate is interested in. That’s perfect because you’re looking to match them up with similar company cultures. You also learn how serious the candidate is about their job search. Also, it never hurts to know what other companies are looking for talent like yours!
  4. As a 5 year old, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a 5 year old I wanted to be Michael Jordan. HA! I went through a phase where he was all I could talk about. When my parents moved out of my childhood home, I went through all of my old school papers and projects and I could not believe how many school drawings, collages, homeworks had good ol’ MJ on them! To my defense, growing up in Chicago during the Bulls 90s era, could you really blame me?
  5. What tech innovation has most impacted your life? And how has it impacted it? Ever heard of the food delivery app Door Dash? It has changed my life!!! Well, it made me super lazy...but I love it! They pick up food for you from anywhere, even places that don't deliver and they're at your place in under an hour. It's so great! Let me know if you want to download it, I'll get you $5 off your first order. :)
  6. Name 3 things you think will become obsolete in ten years. Three things I’m pretty sure will be obsolete are cash/coins, cars driving on roads, and most definitely KimYe.
  7. How do you want to be remembered? It would be pretty cool to be remembered as the Girl who Saw the World! I've been very blessed to have traveled so many places already. My first goal is to be able to say I've seen both the 7 wonders of the ancient and the new worlds. I'm currently 5 for 14!

Looking for great gigs in Orange County? Connect with Emily!

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