At Addison Group, we value the people that make our organization great and allow us to deliver exceptional service to the clients and candidates we support. We love bringing on new talent to help us move our organization forward and contribute to our outstanding culture.
We are excited to announce that we have expanded our IT & Digital Marketing Talent Solutions practice to San Antonio, Texas! We’re thrilled to be in this location and start providing dedicated support to local employers as well as helping candidates find their next career opportunity. Lauren Reddell will be working to build out this initiative alongside our talented IT & Digital Marketing Branch Manager, Skylar Varrichio. We caught up with Lauren to get her perspectives on the expansion as well as glean a few insights from her own career journey.
What are you most excited about starting this new expansion location in San Antonio?
I am excited to provide premium talent and services to our clients. If I were a hiring manager, I would choose Addison Group every time. We go above and beyond to find high-quality candidates and establish mutually beneficial relationships. It’s a lot of work and due diligence, but that’s what makes Addison Group successful. I’m excited to introduce San Antonio to Addison and what we do as well as what makes us the people-first organization that we are.
What are your main goals with this new initiative?
My main goal in opening the IT San Antonio office is to improve local businesses. In a candidate-driven market, it’s not always easy for businesses to find really great talent—which is why recruiting firms can be a great asset. In addition, there is a great need for quality IT professionals in the city of San Antonio and I look forward to helping our clients grow their companies with the help of brilliant minds.
What sets Addison Group’s IT & Digital Marketing Talent Solutions apart from other organizations?
We know people, IT, and how to deliver. We do our due diligence on the front end to fully understand the company’s needs and methodically screen candidates to ensure we are fulfilling the business requirements. Many firms don’t make it a point to meet with candidates directly. Because we are invested in every step of the process, I’m proud to work for Addison Group for going the extra mile.
What is one thing you want your clients and candidates to know about Addison’s culture?
Addison Group upholds a people-first culture. We prioritize relationships internally and carry this same mentality into our client relationships. In addition, we truly develop mutual partnerships with our clients, and take pride in working hard to offer the best talent along with the transparency needed to ensure that it’s provided.
What are you most proud of during your journey with Addison Group?
I am proud of the professional growth I have seen in myself. I am constantly achieving new goals and proving that almost anything is possible when you put in the work and push past adversity. I spoke with a candidate during my first few months at Addison Group and when I connected with him a year later, he commented on how much I had grown with my skills and professionality. In addition, the growth of being able to just absorb and mold into a stronger recruiter through learning, taking criticism, and applying all of that knowledge to my daily work has been a proud achievement.
What drew you to the profession of being a recruiter?
I think that people are so interesting, and I love learning about what makes them tick so recruiting seemed like a natural fit for me. I also appreciated how communicative and transparent Addison Group was during my hiring process and how leadership took care of people and their careers. In addition, I enjoy a fast-paced type of industry, and the results that follow— recruiting fit that to a tee.
Is there a placement that had a lot of meaning for you?
I had one candidate that I placed in a contract-to-hire role, and he was so happy with his position, the people he worked with, and the company as a whole that within 6 months of his role starting the company converted him into a full-time position. It’s been valuable placing individuals into positions who truly love what they do and seeing them progress and grow in their careers.
What is the biggest career lesson you’ve learned so far?
In recruiting, it can be easy to compare yourself to your colleagues. I’ve learned to not compare yourself to the person to your right or your left, but instead to compare yourself to the person you were yesterday and strive to be better than that. I’ve also learned the importance of being resilient, it’s a fast-paced industry with changes happening right and left. With so many highs and lows, I’ve learned that you have to keep going despite so many things being out of your control.