Meet Your Whitridge IT Recruiter
NAME: Maria Nagel
TITLE: IT Staffing Specialist
YEARS W/ WHITRIDGE: 1 1/2
In our second addition of "Meet Your Whitridge IT Recruiter," we'd like to introduce you to the wonderful and talented, Maria Nagel. We asked Maria several questions about her life outside of Whitridge and how she works hard to help our IT consultants.
Q: What is your background both educationally and professionally? And how did that lead you to recruiting?
Maria: I've always had a great passion for helping others so I decided to study International Relations, Political Science, and Psychology. After graduating college, I worked at the International Organization for Migration as a Project Assistant; later moved on to a consulting firm as a Political Analyst; and after that took on a few different roles to strengthen my sales, management, recruiting, and public relations skills.
As it happens to many in the IT staffing industry, I didn't choose to be a recruiter, recruiting chose me. I was looking for opportunities in the non-profit space and the hiring manager at Whitridge thought I had the talent needed for contract recruiting - given my sales background - so he brought me in for an interview. During my interview process, I immediately fell in love with the environment and the possibility of enhancing the lives of others by aiding them in their job search.
Q: What is the best thing about IT recruiting and what do you think are the biggest challenges?
Maria: The best thing about IT recruiting is the fast pace. There is never a dull moment and you are constantly juggling priorities. You have to work under a lot of pressure and have to keep a positive attitude when addressing each potential candidate. The biggest challenge is staying ahead of the competition and ensuring you are delivering the best service and truly building a relationship with your IT consultants. People remain loyal when they feel confident you have their back and it is up to us to ensure that all our consultants feel this way; that is our competitive edge.
Q: When you’re not at work what is your favorite thing to do?
Maria: I love getting involved in causes that move me. I have been volunteering with The Home for Little Wanderers for almost a year and it has been an enriching experience. Working with youth and being part of something so influential is incredibly gratifying. Aside from my volunteer work, I love to sing and I am a huge political junkie. During long drives you can count on me either listening to POTUS or NPR.
Q: Tell us one interesting (or odd – no judgement here) fact about yourself?
Maria: I have never lived in the same house for longer than 3 years. My parents' jobs - and later my own career - had me moving through different states and countries since I was 5 years old. I have lived in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Florida, New Jersey, and now Massachusetts and have been fortunate enough to learn about different cultures and work in very diverse environments. Needless to say, I love to travel.
Q: What do you love about Whitridge?
Maria: I love my coworkers and the relationships I have built here. Given the size of our office, we function more like a family than a corporation, which is certainly refreshing.
This blog post was written by Danielle Higgins, Social Media Coordinator at Whitridge Associates
About Whitridge Associates
Whitridge Associates provides expert talent to a diverse group of technology companies, financial services, defense contractors and healthcare providers throughout the country. With a history of 22 plus years of unparalleled service to both our clients and consultants, Whitridge is one of the most highly regarded staffing companies in New England. Whitridge was recently recognized as an Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards winner, one of the top 100 fastest growing staffing companies in the United States and was presented with The Excellence Award from TechServe Alliance the industry’s leading trade association.
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