Christine Doane

Christine Doane

Head of Recruiting


Taco Bell

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career, but I knew I loved working with people. I took an intro to communication class in college and decided to major in the subject.
During my undergraduate studies, I still had no idea what I wanted to do, so a professor encouraged me to apply to grad school.
During grad school, I still didn't know what I wanted to do. A family friend suggested I look into Human Resources (HR). I had never heard of it, but looked into it and it sounded interesting.
I made a list of top employers in my area and started calling around trying to get an interview for an internship. I was given an opportunity by a Fortune 500 company that created a position for me.
I gained an overview of HR as an HR Generalist at Pacific Life. I did everything from recruiting to terminating and everything in between, but I always loved the hiring and recruiting part the best.
When the economy tanked in 2009, I was laid off and decided to take a couple of positions in corporate training. I really enjoyed it, but missed recruiting, so I decided to pursue recruiting instead.
I was given a recruiting opportunity at a large privately held firm that had high expectations and was fast paced, but I learned a ton! After 5 years, I decided to take on a new opportunity at GoPro.
At GoPro, I started as a Recruiter and promoted to Global Recruiting Operations Manager where I oversaw all of the recruiting processes and more. This prepared me for my current role at Taco Bell!
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Education

High School
Corona del Mar High School
Bachelor
Organizational Communication, General
California State University-Fullerton
Graduate
Organizational Communication, General
San Diego State University

Career

Head of Recruiting

I oversee the corporate recruiting team for all of our hiring at our HQ in Irvine, CA.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Food
Working with Others

Day to Day

I oversee the day to day recruiting of all corporate positions for Taco Bell HQ. I work with the Recruiters who are filling the roles to ensure that we are providing a great candidate experience and advise on how to handle difficult situations or difficult to fill positions. I work with our hiring managers to understand their recruiting needs both short term and long term, and to ensure that they are having a great experience working with my team. I also work on our social media and technology.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I have gained a lot of knowledge by asking other successful recruiters and recruiting leaders how they have been successful and handled specific situations I am dealing with. I am always open to hearing about the latest recruiting trends through newsletters, message boards and I make sure to attend conferences where I can get the most leading edge information and build my network. Even if I have dealt with someone a thousand times, I will still google or ask around to get other perspective.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Start networking! It is a hard industry to get into and you'll be more likely to get an opportunity if you network. Attend college career fairs if you are a student and talk to companies that are there - most of the people at the booths are recruiters and even if they don't have any openings, it is good to make connections and see if they know of any other opportunities. You can also work with temporary staffing agencies and see if you can get an assignment at a company in HR for the experience.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Organizational Communication, General
graduate
Graduate
Organizational Communication, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"Your job will be replaced by technology or artificial intelligence/robots who will interview candidates instead of real humans."