Please give a brief description of your current position and where you're working.
Currently, I am a Recruiting Manager for Salo Search which specializes in senior-level accounting and finance direct hire placement in the Twin Cities. As a member of SALO Search, I save companies time and money by locating top candidates that fit their financial staffing needs. I also build relationships with candidates to understand their desired career path and match them with opportunities aligned with their career goals. Simply put, I spend my days helping connecting people to help evolve business outcomes for my clients and candidates. I find pride in being an honest and accountable resource who finds energy and value in building relationships through natural curiosity and contagious positivity.
What path did you follow to arrive at your current job?
After I graduated from CSB/SJU in 2004, I started my career in public accounting at Grant Thornton in Assurance and Audit Services. During my time at Grant Thornton, I also obtained my CPA license. I spent five and a half years working my way up the organization at Grant Thornton and left the company as an Audit Manager to start my career. From here, I went to Best Buy as a Senior Accounting Analyst. After 15 months, I was promoted to a Controller where I spent a year and a half leading a team of five highly skilled professionals responsible for the accounting, forecasting, and annual budgeting for select elements of U.S. gross profit. I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with an MBA. My involvement in the CSB/SJU Young Alum Committee and CSB Alum Board connected me with Salo which eventually led me to my current position after realizing and acknowledging I had a passion for people.
What advice/suggestions would you have for students who might be interested in your career?
Network, network, network....connect, connect, connect. From here, connections will be made, relationships will be built, and if you are accountable and follow through, you will be successful no matter what. People will come to you as a trusted resource and advisor. At the end of the day, it's all about helping people.
What skills are important in your field?
I think of myself having two careers...the first being a CPA/accountant. For this field, it's important to be technical, analytical, accountable, and personable. The "debits/credits" are important in any accounting or finance role. However, it's also important to get the job done while having fun. Not all accountants are nerds! This will lead to lasting relationships and connections.
The second part of my career is all about people. Being genuinely interested in meeting people and listening to their story will help in the recruiting field. Plus a strong desire to help people discover what they are best at and getting them to that place.
What activities/experiences were helpful at CSB/SJU (and elsewhere) in preparation for this career?
Being involved in any type of activity, club, sport, etc. will ensure success because inevitably these interactions will turn into relationships. From there you will be faced with challenges, obstacles, successes, etc. which will inevitably help you develop skills and experiences. With every experience, you will learn something about yourself and how to handle different situations.
What is the most satisfying/rewarding part of your job?
My best days at Salo are when I can either help someone realize a dream, connect them with an opportunity, or just be there to listen. I want to help people be better and realize their dreams.