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Vitamin of the Week: Laura Tobin (Orange County)

Vitamin of the Week:...

Laura Tobin

Here’s Orange County’s Market Manager Laura Tobin taking a short break from finding great jobs for creatives back home in SoCal.

If you can believe it, she actually ran to San Francisco. (Kidding.)

From the Golden Gate Bridge to Talent Bridge, she’s a seasoned recruiter turned OC leader with a lot of advice to share. Just check out her answers our 7 Quick Questions!

  1. What’s your favorite interview question? Easy! "Tell me about the biggest error you've ever made and what you learned from making it?" EVERYONE has made a mistake at some point in their life and/or career. If you cannot think of ANYTHING, that is a huge red flag to me. It's crucial that a potential employee / talent is confident enough to admit that they’ve made mistakes and were able to turn those situations into learning experiences.

  2. What made you want to work at Vitamin T? And what do you love most about working here? I wanted to work at Vitamin T because I knew they were a new division of a trusted brand (Aquent) and that excited me. The idea of working at a company who encourages innovation was exactly the type of culture I wanted to immerse myself in. I love being at a place that promotes fearlessness and has an environment where failure is not frowned upon. If you don't try new things, you’ll never grow as a person (or as a recruiter). It's been rewarding to know that these weren’t just ideals promoted during my interview, but something they live up to in their day-to-day activities.

  3. What app do you use regularly that provides great user experience? Beyond some of the more obvious ones, I LOVE the Stitcher app. It's basically Spotify but for podcasts. I am slightly obsessed with any crime or mystery podcast and I listen to them daily. Stitcher's UI is extremely simplistic in all the best ways and your content is easily searchable / accessible. Plus, while there are still ads (both digital & audio), they're not intrusive and never interfere with the basic tasks you're trying to accomplish.

  4. What do you love about working with creative talent? I am probably one of the least artistically talented people you’ll ever meet (my handwriting is chicken scratch and I can barely execute puff paints), so working with people who show me raw creative talent is such a treat. It's so far off from the way my recruiter brain works. Being able to appreciate their talent, no matter where they are in in their career, really inspires and refreshes me.

  5. Biggest myth about being a recruiter in the staffing industry? That we are just looking to fill a position quickly regardless of the long term outcome. My goal is always to make a placement that is mutually beneficial for the client and talent. Preferably one that will lead to a long term partnership between myself and the client, myself and the talent, and, of course, the talent and the client. Matchmaking is not about a one-off placement, it's about being consultative and ensuring that we are doing our due diligence to pair people up for the long haul. It’s really about creating sustaining partnerships, whether it's a one day assignment or a Talent Bridge opportunity.

  6. What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? I’d say to customize their resume each time they apply to a job. It helps to highlight the experience/skills they have that are relevant to each position’s requirements. Having only one version of your resume can’t accurately depict all the unique skills you’ve gained over time. Now once you've applied to a job (with your specialized resume specifically for that job) then network, network, network! Reach out to any relevant contacts at that company via social media and look into your network to see if you know anyone who works there!

  7. If you had to pick two celebrities to be your parents, who would they be? I'd like to preface this by saying that I have the two best parents in the whole entire world and I wouldn't trade them for anyone (Hi, Mom and Dad!!) But if I "had to" it would be Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. I still remember the day they announced they were getting divorced (I cried). I think that if they were my parents, maybe, just maybe, they would have stuck it out for the kids. Just sayin'!

  8. As a 5 year old, what did you want to be when you grew up? An elementary school teacher.

Are you looking for creative opportunities in Orange County? Talk to Laura!

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