For more than 30 years, our successes at ATR have been driven by our team of dedicated staffing professionals. Our people are at the core of everything we do. With this in mind, our Employee Spotlight series is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make our ATR family great. This month, Josh Seliner, Recruiting Manager, is taking us backstage to learn more about life at ATR.
1. Briefly describe your ATR journey.
I started working at ATR in January, 2012. There have been so many great moments over the past nearly 7 years that it will be hard to capture them all. After working in the hotel industry in college, I was excited to apply my business degree to a career in the recruiting industry following graduation. ATR and its corporate and local teams stood above the other staffing agencies I interviewed with; they were genuine, smart, confident, and painted a detailed picture of the industry and what the role would entail. After accepting the offer, my journey quickly began as a Junior Recruiter. About a month later, I transitioned to a Junior Technical Recruiter, and then a few months after that, I finished training and became a Technical Recruiter. After my first few candidate placements, I knew I had identified the perfect career and company fit. In addition, I’m very grateful for my manager, Wendy Sun, who has played a huge part in my growth and development here at ATR from the start. Following a couple years of recruiting, I was promoted to a Lead IT Recruiter; then a couple years after that, I was again promoted to a Recruiting Manager. It’s amazing. I’ve been working in this current role for three-and-a-half years, and as a team, we’ve seen a significant amount of growth. I’m excited to see what the future holds.
2. What do you love most about your job?
My passion for recruiting has grown significantly every year – I enjoy the staffing industry and look forward to going to work every day. Even outside of work, I’m always thinking strategically about how to gain a competitive advantage within recruiting. I love working with people – and this job offers that day in and day out through collaboration with team members, management, candidates, and clients.
3. What is your favorite thing to do in Orange County?
My favorite things to do in Orange County, California, probably involve something outside in our great year-round weather (sorry Minneapolis office J). That may be golfing one of the many local courses, playing beach volleyball in Newport, or attending an Angels baseball game with friends and family.
4. What is your top piece of advice for clients, candidates, or those who are new to the staffing industry?
For clients: Communication is crucial to higher quality candidates, efficient hiring practices, and finding the most talented candidates in a reasonable amount of time.
For candidates: Find a specific, focused skillset you enjoy, become educated on it, work to become an expert at it, take on new challenges, and there will always be high demand for you in the workforce.
5. What has been your proudest moment at ATR?
One of my proudest moments at ATR is when as a team, we collectively train and coach someone without any prior experience into being a consistent, independent, and successful recruiter. In my opinion, helping another person find success is more challenging and enjoyable than finding it individually.
6. Where would you most like to travel and why?
At the moment, I’d most like to travel to Italy to enjoy the people, culture, architecture, history, and food (pasta, affogato, coffee etc.). The simplicity of sitting at a corner restaurant outside, people watching drinking an espresso after a large plate of pasta sounds amazing!