For more than 30 years, our successes at ATR have been driven by our team of dedicated 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, we’re featuring Michael Deasey, Technical Recruiter on our Minneapolis team! Michael is also a U.S. Army Reserve Officer taking us backstage to learn more about his past work experience, his career strengths, and what has brought him to join the ATR team.
1. Briefly describe your ATR Journey.
I joined ATR International back in May 2019 as a Technical Recruiter. I came from an internal Talent Acquisition team at a factory automation company, so I was able to jump right into IT staffing, as well as expand my skills into Marketing/Creative positions.
2. What was the strongest factor that made you want to join ATR?
The company culture and individual level of autonomy. I was attracted to the strong company culture that I saw through the interview process, and I was impressed with how the individual recruiters were given a lot of autonomy to develop their own style. I knew it wasn’t going to be me rigidly adhering to a script or guide.
3. What is your role in the U.S. Army Reserves and what are your responsibilities?
I serve as the Section Chief for the Geospatial Intelligence section in a Military Intelligence Company. Basically, I’m in charge of 24 Geospatial Analyst soldiers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Warrant Officers. My primary responsibility is to support my commander in accomplishing our unit’s mission, and to ensure proper training of my section, as well as keeping my soldiers sharp and honing their analyst skills.
4. What do you love most about being a part of the U.S. Army Reserves?
The soldiers. I very much enjoy the mission set that my Company has been given, but the part I enjoy most about my job is getting to interact with and develop the soldiers I oversee.
5. Do you find yourself applying things that you’ve learned in the reserves into your role at ATR? If so, what?
Pretty much every day I apply things I’ve learned from the Reserves to my job at ATR. In terms of hard skills, there’s not a ton of overlap between Military Intelligence Officer training and Technical Recruiting. However, the soft skills I’ve developed in communicating with and leading people from all different walks of life have been invaluable to me.
6. What advice can you give to people in the workforce from the values you’ve learned in the Reserves?
Respect and honesty are king. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you do it, if you are respectful and honest in all of your encounters, you will be successful. It costs nothing to be honest and respectful, but it will pay dividends in the long-run. The second key advice I’d give is to never take things only at face value. Dig deeper to figure out the information behind a problem, and don’t take things for granted.
7. What core values do you share with ATR?
I like to think all of them! But in all seriousness, I’d say honesty and respect. Part of what drew me to ATR in the first place was how honest and straightforward everyone was with me during the interview process. Almost every week, I have conversations with people who are surprised by how honest and up-front I am on the positions compared to other recruitment agencies they’ve worked with in the past.
8. Why is it important to you to work for a company that supports you being in the Reserves?
Because frankly, there’s a lot that don’t. I’ve never heard of a lack of support coming from a place of malice from companies, generally just ignorance. It’s incredibly motivating for me to work for an organization that understands that I have another commitment that I need to honor. It can be difficult at times to balance my civilian career and my military career, but an employer who understands and supports me in both makes a world of difference.
9. What’s one thing that would surprise the rest of the ATR team?
I’m a triplet, and the three of us went to school together until the day we graduated college (grade school, high school, and we all graduated from the University of Notre Dame).