Throughout her 14+ year career in sales and consulting, Jody’s worked tirelessly to ensure her clients always get the highest level of customer service.
If 10,500 feet isn’t quite high enough for you, give her a call and we’re sure she’ll arrange something!
As one of NYC’s finest business development managers, Jody’s got plenty of great advice as she answers our 7 Quick Questions.
- What most excites you about your work and the contribution you make? Being able to help others is one of the most rewarding things in life. Every day in my job I help my clients connect with the creatives they need to help their companies succeed. At the same time, we help creatives find new projects. If the match is right, it's a win-win-win for the client, talent, and Vitamin T. Getting to help so many people get what they need every day is extremely rewarding!
- What’s one important skill every person should have and why? In my opinion, listening is the most important skill anyone can have. Most misunderstandings happen because one or more parties did not take the time to listen and understand the other side. Like Stephen Covey said, "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." This has helped me to build my listening skills in my personal and professional life. I think listening with the intent of understanding has the power to create great relationships and invoke change.
- Biggest myth about being in the staffing industry? I think the biggest myth is we will do whatever it takes to place a talent at a client. I’ve never found that to be true. Vitamin T puts the highest emphasis on making sure we create an excellent experience for all parties. That includes the talent, the client, and ourselves. I am on the client-facing, business development side of the business, so when I'm working with a client, I focus on providing the best possible service and quality. I want to make sure that everyone involved has an amazing experience and that I manage expectations about my client’s needs and how we can deliver. Setting everyone up for the best possible long-term partnership is the most important thing to me, as opposed to focusing on only the request at hand.
- What made you want to work at Vitamin T? It was the company culture that attracted me the most. When I was considering different companies during my job search, I was looking for one that exemplified a unique culture and showed respect for its employees through its policies and benefits. After I met several people at Vitamin T and did some research on the company, I was convinced that it was a great fit for me.
- What do you love about working with creative talent? There are a couple reasons it’s so great. The first is the passion that creatives have for their work. It’s inspiring to be surrounded by people who have a genuine excitement about what they do. The business reason is the second reason why I love working with creative talent. Almost every company needs some type of creative person at some point and working with high-quality and in-demand creatives is good for business!
- As a 5-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a five-year old, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I started playing t-ball when I was five and collected baseball cards throughout my entire childhood. Though, I may have also wanted to be Superman at some point.
- If you could invent an app, what would it be and why? I think the teleporter should have been developed a long time ago. Star Trek raised our expectations a little too high and now as an adult, I'm just disappointed that I need to go to the airport to get to anywhere far away. In using a teleporter, I would be a little concerned about molecular integrity with my atoms being constantly broken apart and reconfigured, but it probably wouldn't have much different of an effect on our molecular integrity than eating the chemicals and hormones that are in half of the foods that we eat today. So where does the app come in? Well, we do everything else on our phones, so why not teleport via app, too? This is of course in jest, but you never said it needed to be a realistically implementable idea!