EDGE Technology Services presents Recruiter Spotlight with Diane Hiller
Give us your quick story: I started working for EDGE in June, 2004 as a Recruiter. At that time the company had just moved its office from Farmington to Middletown to aquire more office space due to company growth. Since I used to be a Recruiter with c.w. Costello & Associates (for many years), a company where some of the EDGE folks also had worked, I was offered the opportunity to join the EDGE team to work with some of my previous co-workers. I was honored and excited…and still am!
What is your role on the Edge team? I am a Sr. Technical Recruiter. My primary focus is with .NET technologies but I also recruit for and staff a variety of positions (DBA’s, PM’s, Build/Release Engineers, application packagers, data analysts, business analysts, etc.).
Any thoughts on how current trends in social media have impacted your job? Pros/Cons? I believe some of the professional sites like Linked-in, for instance, are great networking tools. You realize just what a small world IT can be when you see who is connected to who. It is also helpful to have another avenue to use when you find yourself back in the job market – you can get the word out through networking vs. just posting your resume on the job boards, or responding to job postings, etc.
I also think it could be a negative experience in some ways when people use social media sites, such as Facebook or My Space, and involve their professional contacts into their personal life…can be tricky to balance the two…
What energizes you? After all these years recruiting, I still feel such a sense of joy and accomplishment when I am able to help a candidate find a great job and our clients find a great candidate for their need. It truly makes me happy!
What was your first job? My very first job, outside of babysitting, was as a “sandwich artist” at a brand new Blimpies in town. I was 15.
Tell us one thing the people you work with don’t know about you. I’ve been working with most of my colleagues for over 5 years – we are like family – so they all know me pretty well, but they may not know that I am a pretty good angler…fisherwoman…it’s relaxing and it’s even better when my husband takes the fish off the hook! Always catch and release! =)
What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off? Most of my days off happen in the summer so I really enjoy going to the lake and hanging out on the dock, swimming, taking a boat ride, spotting the kids when they’re tubing, knee-boarding, etc. I wish I was there right now…
Do you have a mantra? Words to live by? “Everything happens for a reason.” Life is too complicated to try to understand everything that goes on around you… but you have to believe there is a reason…
Tell us how your mom/dad/uncle/sibling/local barista/neighbor would describe you. I guess they would say that I seem to find the good in people/life vs. focusing on the negative. Apparently that can be annoying to some people – LOL.
If I’m searching for a job, how can I reach you? email – firstname.lastname@example.org; main office number: 860-635-3342 x225; direct office number: 860-632-3704