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Kari Reed

Recruiter Info

Name: Kari Reed Title: Sr. Executive Recruiter Email: kari@jobsforsuccess.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/karireed

Company Info

Company: Management Recruiters International Location: Chicago, IL Website: www.jobsforsuccess.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/280874?trk=prof-exp-company-name

For Job Candidates

Preferred Method To Be Contacted By A Candidate: Email Preferred Process For Following Up On Application: Please feel free to email me with your questions and concerns. I get busy and I have a lot of candidates that I am working with. I don't mind getting an email follow up, just don't call me and email me every day. Once a week is enough. Things That Impress You In A Candidate: Honesty. Integrity. Being themselves. Being responsive. It's not just about what is on paper. How a candidate presents themselves is very important. I'm a pretty laid back person and I don't want to have to chase a candidate. If you're not interested, then say so. If you are and we need to work on your resume then do so. I partner with my candidates to help them put their best foot forward to be the one that gets hired. Things Candidates Must Include To Be Considered For Job: Complete up to date resume. Compensation that is desired. How far will they travel? Relo? If they want to add a cover letter , that is fine. But it needs to be geared towards the position desired. Things That Will Disqualify A Candidate From Getting Considered: Being unresponsive. Not carefully reviewing the job description to see if they're a match for the position. Poorly constructed resume. Resumes need to be achievement based and be relevant to the position applying for. Can Candidates Apply For Multiple Positions And Not Get Penalized?: Yes

Recruiter's Perspective

What's your favorite quote? Keep Moving Forward What do you like to do in your free time? Free time? As a working, single mom with two teen girls I don't get much downtime. Sleep is a luxury. In a sentence, why do you enjoy working at your company? I like speaking to new people and learning about different positions and industries. I love our clients and the joy of speaking to a wide variety of candidates, I don't just learn about them as employees but them as people. I want to make sure that we have a match on both sides so that everyone comes out a winner. In a sentence, how does your company have fun on a regular basis? We are always laughing and joking around. We pull practical jokes on each other and hang out after hours. We get out of the office and as a group go to movies and other events. In a sentence, how would you describe the employees at your company? Open, friendly, really willing to help candidates get the position that is the best fit for them.
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Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.


All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.

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