Information security threats don’t discriminate. Just last month, the Google Docs phishing and WannaCry ransomware attacks crippled users and healthcare systems around the world. Finding the people who predict, detect, and resolve these security threats are in high demand. And Emma Loftus, our information security Technical Recruiter is on the front lines; she finds talented security experts for clients that include new startups to Fortune 500 organizations.
In her first year at Talener, Emma has tackled the challenge of learning about information security and DevOps in order to secure the right talent for her clients. Her path has lead her to tackle the New York City security market head-on. Emma’s experience has been tailored to her strengths as a Technical Recruiter.
We sat down with Emma to get some perspective about her time at Talener, as well as her take on adapting from college to the “working” world.
Before you joined Talener, did you know what tech staffing was?
Before I started working at Talener, I had a very basic knowledge of staffing. I was sold on the culture and the opportunities for growth that came with working in this industry.
What was the most difficult part about making the transition from college to work?
This was my first “real” job – I started a month after graduation. I found it hard to transition to a fixed schedule and not having as many breaks throughout the day. I was always someone who had spread my classes out in order to avoid early classes. The early start takes some getting used to!
What kind of advice do you have for someone starting their career in staffing or a sales-oriented role?
Don’t let the small things get you down. In staffing, there is always another candidate or account that is out there just waiting to be picked up. Move forward and upward.
What kind if advice do you have for someone starting their career in any position?
By your senior year of college, you feel like you have it all figured out. But then, you jump into the workforce at the bottom of the pile again. Don’t let it get you down. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or worry that you don’t know all of the answers. Look to your mentors and work hard. You can learn so much, so quickly.
You have been at Talener for one year. What motivates you to recruit for positions every day?
One of the things that I love about working here is how much control I have over impacting what is going on with my own desk. If I’m not happy with how things are going, I can go out and change it quickly.
Your path led you to become a Technical Recruiter for Information Security. What do you find most challenging about the position?
Sometimes it seems like nothing is going your way – a job is filled by another agency, a candidate rejects an offer, etc.; but you just have to remember that good work is never a waste – it will come back to you!
What do you like the most?
I have control over my own success. I can pick up my own accounts and make things happen. There are many great leaders in this space who are always willing to give advice and help you reach your goals.
We’re curious – what was your dream job as a kid? Certainly not a technical recruiter?
I wanted to be a marine biologist — I loved dolphins and sea turtles.
And what was your college major?
I attended Colgate and studied English literature.
If you won $1 million and had to spend it on one single thing, what would you buy?
I would buy a cabin on a lake in the woods. I love NYC, but sometimes you need to get out of here!
And lastly, what emoji best describes your personality?
The smiley face that waves.
For more information about how you can define your path in tech staffing & recruiting, contact our Internal Recruiting Manager, Marina Star. We are looking for talented graduates who have a passion for forming relationships and finding a purpose in their career.