San Diego agent Jamie Neal loves the quote, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life", but admits FINDING that job isn’t always the easiest of tasks.
Lucky for you, (and us!) Jamie found what she loves to do every day: placing amazing talent in great gigs.
If you’ve been looking for that perfect question to ask your interviewers (and believe us, you should have at least one) or want to know the most important skill every professional should have, read her answers to our 7 Quick Questions.
And if you’re in San Diego, give her a ring!
- What most excites you about your work & the contribution you make? To put it simply, making people happy. I recently reconnected with a talent I placed who told me that because of the job I placed him in, he and his wife were able to comfortably start their family and now have a healthy baby boy. He recently received a promotion and came to me for help with finding resources to round out his team and help on a project. After his first round of interviews, he thanked me profusely for helping find the right people and take that stress away from him. I've now helped him on both the talent and client side and I tell you it was so rewarding to hear how much it impacted him personally and professionally!
- What’s one question a candidate should ask in a job interview? "What are the most important goals for the person in this role to accomplish in 1 month, 3 months, etc." Regardless of whatever question(s) you ask your interviewer, always be sure to carefully LISTEN to their answer(s) and address what they've stated, so they know you're listening/understanding.
- If you could have dinner with one person living or dead, who would it be and why? Lucille Ball. I've loved her since I was a little girl. I have a black and white picture of her on my bathroom mirror so I’m reminded to never take myself TOO seriously and to try to find the humor in as many things and situations as possible. (Which might explain why I laugh at really random things. Sometimes it's just easier to laugh about it!). While I really loved her sense of humor, in real life she worked her tail off and became the first woman to run a major television studio. I've just always admired her and would have loved to have met her!
- What do you love about working with creative talent? Their passion! People who work in the creative space tend to do so because they are passionate about art, communicating, design, or whatever their specialty is. Most of them aren't in it because it "just happened that way", they identified something they loved and pursued a career in it. These people have done what it takes to follow their dreams, which isn’t something everyone can say. That just says so much!
- What’s one important skill every person should have? Listening and letting the other person know you're listening.
- What tech innovation has most impacted your life? Smart phones. I get minute-by-minute updates on my daughter through her daycare's app; can easily send and receive pictures with my family across the country AND video chat with them so they can see their granddaughter/niece as she grows; and always have the fastest route to wherever I'm going.... Seriously, how did we exist before these?
- How did you get into recruiting? When I was in medical sales and unsure if I was doing what I loved, I was recruited by a fantastic executive recruiter who owned his own little firm. I didn't end up getting the position offered (thankfully, in hindsight!), but it got my wheels spinning, because the recruiter seemed so passionate about his role. So I called him and asked for a few minutes of his time to tell me about what he did and why he did it, then I asked him if I could help him expand his business and come work for him. Two weeks later I went to work for him and never looked back. And I did expand his business, by the way :-)