Welcome to Campaign Development Corp, where we believe that what makes us great is our team. Nowhere else will you find such a group of outgoing, dedicated, supportive, and goal-driven people working to make a change. This month, we decided to shine a spotlight on one of these incredible teammates, Alicia Emmert! Alicia works with us as a remote recruiter and human resources associate and has been with the company since April of 2018. The recruiter calls New Jersey home but shares with us a collection of life experiences and what brought her into our offices.
Hi, Alicia! Let’s start at the top. Where were you born?
“I was born in Voorhees, New Jersey.”
Is that where you were primarily raised?
“Not exactly, I grew up in a town in South New Jersey called Sicklerville.”
How would your parents have described you as a kid?
“As a child, my parents would say I was loud, full of energy, sporty, outgoing, crafty, and silly.”
Sporty, you say? Were you involved in any sports or extracurriculars?
“I played soccer from the age of 5 to 18. I also was on the indoor track team in high school and did hurdling since I have long legs.”
How did that competitive environment help develop you?
“Working in a competitive environment my entire life has helped me develop a strategy to stay ahead or the game and it has also helped me learn to manage and grow how I operate.”
Did you have any idea you would end up in this field?
“I was always interested in this type of field and took courses on it in college, but never thought I would be where I am today.”
Tell us about your college experience.
“I went to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology.”
What kind of jobs were you doing before you joined us?
“After college, I started working as a Human Resources Intern in an office in Cherry Hill, NJ where I was then promoted to full time within 2 months of working there. I worked there from September 2015 to September 2016. I then moved to work as a Human Resources Manager and Recruiter for an office in Providence, RI. I worked there from September 2016 to December 2017. I have been a remote recruiter since December 2017 to now!”
What is one life experience that you feel has shaped you?
“Creating a life in Providence, Rhode Island shaped me. When I was offered a role with a company in RI, it was something completely foreign and new to me. I have never even seen the state before committing to moving there, and I had lived in New Jersey my entire life. Even though it was definitely terrifying at first, it made me more independent and allowed me to learn more about the world and myself. Moving away from my comfort zone was one of the best things I ever did.”
What is something we might not know about you by just looking at you?
“Even though I am outgoing and have great communication skills, I am actually very much an introvert.”
What were your first thoughts when starting with the company? What was something unique you noticed?
“I noticed everyone was very helpful, supportive and communicative. Even if you are having a tough day, they are cheering you on in the background and offering advice and help.”
How would you describe the culture at your company?
“The company is very team and goal-oriented. It is a great workplace that is not only fun and positive but also promotes leadership and advancement opportunities.”
What is something you’ve learned through your work you didn’t know before?
“I learned that with great work ethic, time, effort, and commitment, anything could become possible. I am in complete control of my actions and the more I put in, the better the results.”
How has this career changed you as a person?
“This career has made me more confident in myself and has also sharpened my people skills. I feel like I can connect with people in different ways and have a better understanding of them.”
How would you describe the culture to a prospective job candidate?
“It is a great company where you can have fun and also feel fulfilled as an employee because you feel what you are doing matters. Since common goals are shared among employees, it is easy to support each other and be excited about what you are doing.”
What qualities do you look for when recruiting?
“I look for team players, enthusiasm and passion, long-term potential, flexibility, good communication skills, goal-driven, and work ethic.”
What resume advice do you have for candidates?
“Make sure the resume is organized, clean and makes sense. It makes it easier for recruiters to review and sort through the resume and shows a candidate put in the effort when creating the resume.”
What’s one tip you wish more people knew when coming in to interview?
“Make sure to always have a copy of your resume on hand and to have a professional demeanor when coming in.”
What are your goals with the company?
“My goals are to help the company expand to three locations in 2019 and to be the number one office on our campaign consistently.”
How do you personally plan to contribute to the company’s growth?
“I plan on sourcing, screening and bringing in the highest quality candidates for the company to train and develop and help expand the company further.”
Any business books or podcasts you recommend?
“I recently started reading “How to Win Friends and Influence Others” which is a great book that teaches understanding about others and encourages improvement within ourselves. It is definitely a book that helps you build confidence.”
What do you do for fun when you’re not working?
“I enjoy spending time with my puppy Beans, visiting family, going to sporting events, hanging out with friends, and just relaxing on the couch and watching Netflix.”
From your Campaign Development Corp family, we thank you for all that you do Alicia!