Lauren Turner

Lauren’s well-timed transition from teaching abroad to corporate recruiting

Pivoting careers is scary.

How do you find an employer to take a chance on you when you don’t have the industry experience to back you up? Lauren Turner felt this fear first-hand after living abroad for four years and returning home to the US. She needed to find a stable job in a brand-new industry, but she had no idea where to start.

Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s in journalism before pursuing her passion for reporting. After graduation, she juggled four part-time jobs without health insurance or benefits and quickly realized she needed a career with more stability.

Lauren had always dreamed of living abroad, so she took the plunge during this period of uncertainty and moved to South Korea. There, she fell in love with teaching English and stayed for several years. Her favorite part of the job was connecting with students of all ages and learning their unique needs. If the US education system was set up differently, she would have continued teaching back home. Unfortunately, she found that she needed to pivot once again.

After returning to the US, she realized that she didn’t have a clear path ahead. One of her friends recommended Schechter Reed, so she reached out and set up a meeting with Lori Reed. As they talked, Lori realized that Lauren’s positive demeanor and transferrable skills would make her the perfect fit for almost any company. While she didn’t have a perfect placement for her at the time, she came across the contract recruiting coordinator position at SAIC a few weeks later and gave Lauren a call.

Just as Lauren got the call, she was leaving for a trip to Alaska. Despite taking the interview from an RV with spotty Wi-Fi, the recruiters at SAIC could tell she would fit well within their talent acquisition team. SAIC provided her with mentors, broadened her experience by training her in multiple sectors, and taught her how to recruit from the ground up. Lauren found that she could connect with people easier because of the life experiences she gained from her previous jobs in journalism and teaching.

It turned out that Lauren was a natural at recruiting. After 9 months as a contractor, SAIC hired Lauren directly and she was thrilled! She is so grateful for the people who took a chance on her, provided resources to ensure her success, and guided her through ups and downs.

We are so proud of Lauren, and we hope her story inspires others who might be considering a career change.

Liz Kreft: Celebrating Two Years at Schechter Reed

Few things about March 2020 can be described as serendipitous, but Schechter Reed hiring Liz Kreft fits the bill. Two years ago, just before the pandemic began, Lori Reed met Liz at their daughters’ volleyball game. Lori quickly realized that Liz’s business experience, ability to read people, and sense of humor made her the ideal candidate for a recruitment role.

Liz’s career began in the bustling world of software sales during the high-tech boom. She was constantly traveling but when she had kids, she couldn’t imagine sustaining that lifestyle. In 2003, Liz left the workforce to care for her children. When she considered re-entering years later, it was a struggle to find a sales job that offered work/life balance. She needed someone from a different field to take a chance on her, and Lori Reed did just that.

Liz’s ability to connect with people makes her the perfect candidate for recruiting. Her humor puts people at ease, and they start to open up. Instead of reducing candidates to a set of skills and experience, she discovers their story, their superpowers, and their aspirations. That approach allows for good quality matches at Schechter Reed, unrestrained by quotas. Liz and Lori share those human-centered values, making them the perfect team.

One testimonial of her expertise comes from Tristan Tatum-Marshall, a candidate whom Liz recently recruited, interviewed, and placed. “Simply put, Liz gets it. I constantly chat about my experience with Schechter Reed. Liz made what is typically a stressful process enjoyable. I was hired at an amazing company that I am thriving at today, even receiving a promotion within my first 100 days. I give a lot of thanks to Liz for believing in me. I am forever grateful.”

We are grateful she is part of our team. Happy 2nd anniversary, Liz!

Searching for Angel Brunner’s Executive Assistant

Angel Brunner is a San Francisco native who bought into the D.C. story and has transformed underdeveloped areas like NoMa into job-creating communities. Since 2008, her company EB5 Capital, has raised over $800M from clients in 65 countries and has created over 35,000 jobs.

Angel spent several hours discussing this search with me. Her entire company is committed to finding the right Executive Assistant for Angel and I look forward to speaking with anyone who has a history of excellence in executive support.

Click below to meet Angel and hear about her personal journey.

Current Opportunities in the Washington DC Area

Executive Assistant, Reston, VA | $80-$90K

Award-winning tech company seeks a business-savvy Executive Assistant for one of its beloved leaders. This highly-visible role in the corporate office of a publicly-traded firm is vacant due to a promotion and a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment where curiosity, initiative, and efficiency are rewarded. Complex calendar management, meeting/logistics coordination, confidential information dissemination, expense reporting and a varied day of meaty projects and tactical to-dos are typical. Proficiency in MS Office, 5+ years of executive-level administration and favorable professional references required.

Recruiting Coordinator (Contract to Hire), Northern Virginia | $24/hour

Unique opportunity to learn recruiting from one of the area’s largest employers in the “apprenticeship” role. Candidates must have natural strengths in organization, communication, follow-through, and detail-orientation. Initial job centers around the candidate experience, scheduling interviews, initiating background checks and drug screens, generating offer letters, onboarding support and ad hoc projects as needed. Requirements include MS Office proficiency (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint), solid professional references, and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. Successful Recruiting Coordinators will be trained/mentored in best practices for sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates with the goal of moving into a full lifecycle recruiting role within 6-12 months.

Executive Assistant/Chief of Staff, Bethesda, MD |$100K+

Newly-created role to support one of the most exciting investment professionals in the world. High-performing startup environment in need of day-to-day tactical and substantive support for its Founder and CEO. Shift seamlessly between personal and professional life coordination, scheduling dinners, events, and travel. Heavy calendar coordination, process improvement and acting as an ambassador for the company and the CEO. Interface externally with high-profile clients; anticipate problems and opportunities to remain “one step ahead”; troubleshoot computer issues, video conferencing and other last-minute hiccups with a cool head. Work collaboratively with two other administrative professionals, delegating and mentoring where necessary. Show genuine curiosity in the business to maximize involvement and understand the “big picture” and the supporting details.

Please reach out to Lori to learn more.

Lori’s Podcast Picks for the Holidays (and beyond)

As we approach the season of road trips (traffic) and flights (delays), consider picking up a podcast. They are quick, easy and free to download and they will surely arm you with interesting conversation nuggets at the holiday table. Here are my top 5 right now:

1.      Hidden Brain—NPR’s thought-provoking episodes center around human behavior and will change the way you see yourself and the world around you. Host Shaker Vedantam’s smooth storytelling arms you with interesting topics that encourage conversation and debate.

My husband and I spent half of our Valentine’s Day lunch discussing “You 2.0: When Did Marriage Become So Hard”.

2.      Serial (Season One) – This American Life’s award-winning podcast was my first love and changed the way I felt about rush hour in D.C. It chronicles the gruesome murder of a high-achieving high schooler and the ex-boyfriend who was convicted on questionable evidence. If I could invite one person to dinner this holiday season, it would be Sarah Koenig, the brilliant investigative journalist who narrates each episode.

3.      The Happiness Lab – My latest obsession is from Yale Psychology professor, Dr. Laurie Santos. She explores the human mind, our emotions and how an understanding of both can help us in the age-old pursuit of happiness. I have forwarded Episode 10. Making the Grade to several mom friends and hope it lands in the hands of FCPS or even better, U.S. Department of Education.

4.      Up First My car radio rarely leaves NPR so it’s no surprise that their daily digest is my preference for unbiased news from around the world. Most podcasts are under 15 minutes, perfect for that doughnut run or the guilt-ridden trip to the gym that follows.  When you return to work in January, you might even keep it around for your daily commute.

5.      The GaryVee Audio Experience – Best-selling author of business bibles Crush It, and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right HookGary Vaynerchuk shares valuable advice for entrepreneurs who want to build their brand on social media platforms. Enthusiasts find so much more than business advice in Gary’s podcasts. They find philosophy, comedy, inspiration and trend spotting. His clairvoyance with the Adidas brand and his candor turned my 16-year old son into a fan.

Like recipes, podcasts are easy and fun to share. Please reply with your own favorites and let me know if you love or hate any of mine.  Happy holidays!

Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash

Another Schechter Reed alum has tied the knot!

Another Schechter Reed, LLC alum, Allison Andresen, PMP, of Venturehouse Group has tied the knot! We love launching our candidates into new jobs and following their professional and personal milestones. Are there any you can share with us?

Stefanie Ryan starts October with a new job and finishes with a wedding

Congratulations to Stefanie Ryan on her new job and her wedding, both in October! Stefanie’s LinkedIn connection liked our Schechter Reed social media post and Stefanie was inspired enough to reach out. We are so glad she did because our client, Technology Executive Group, was looking for someone with her unique skill set. Stefanie’s role as Recruiting Associate provides in-depth research and project management support for TEG’s busy executive recruiting team. It is a new industry for Stefanie and we think it’s a great fit for her new life!