Colleen Epp

Colleen Epp

Talent Acquisition Specialist


Hobsons

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Wanted to be a teacher but was told it wasn't enough income.
Wanted to be a news reporter.
Interned at a news station in college and hated it.
Talked to a classmate after graduation that was a recruiter for an agency.
I became a Staffing Recruiter where I learned a lot but didn't like parts of my job that felt salesy.
Quit working to have my first child.
Was called by a recruiter I knew about an internal recruiting job.
Started working at Hobsons in January 2008 and love it!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Career

Career

Talent Acquisition Specialist

I manage all things related to the recruitment of talent for my organization.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Writing
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Updating systems and status reports, talking to hiring managers and potential candidates, screening resumes, posting jobs, ensuring we are compliant with government requirements, managing third party staffing agency relationships and contracts, editing job postings, and always looking for ways to make things run more efficiently for the company, managers and candidates that are applying.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Network all the time, learn what people do! Take a good resume writing class and get your profile on LinkedIn up to date. Subscribe to recruiting blogs.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

There tends to be a lot of writing in this role that I didn't anticipate. Classes I would have taken had I known this would be my profession are Organizational Communication classes and more writing courses. I find myself sending company wide emails, updates to our intranet system and not to mention job postings. All of these things need to be well thought out with no errors. Also, I would have loved to take a class on social media though it didn't exist when I was in school.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Organizational Leadership
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should go to school to do something that will make you a lot of money, unlike teaching."

I didn't overcome it...I chose a different path and now wish I hadn't because I still feel the calling to teach and may do it one day but now with bills and kids that dream is going to be so much harder to pursue than it would have been. Do something because you love it, not because of the money or you will regret your decisions one day.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I took out loans to fund about 90% of school and had to work to pay them off after college.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I had no idea where to go to get anything done (getting loans, applying for schools, learning about different schools and the different programs they offered).