Hey everyone — we hope you’re having a great week. This week’s show with Craig Fisher on optimizing your LinkedIn profile for job search was a lot of fun and very informative for job seekers. Be sure to check it out here.
This week, we’re excited for a new Career Hangout first — 2 guests! These aren’t any ordinary guests. These are the Recruiter Chicks — Chris Havrilla and Teela Jackson! Recruiter Chicks is a blog that brings together two seasoned recruiting professionals to share their vast experience on hiring with job seekers. You can follow them on Twitter at @RecruiterChicks.
In addition to being accomplished recruiters, they are both fantastic people and great friends to Career Hangout — so we’re excited to have them share their expertise with you. You can learn more about Chris and Teela below.
Chris started her career as a Software Engineer and IT Consultant, eventually finding her true passion in the Recruiting/Sourcing community. She spent most of her career in corporate recruiting, leading recruiting functions and teams at companies like Hitachi and Deloitte, and consulting with corporate recruiting teams for small companies to Fortune 100 companies. She is currently consulting through her own company Havrilla LLC as well as the incredible team at Recruiting Toolbox, where she focuses on all aspects of strategy, process, and technology as it relates to Recruiting, Sourcing, and Talent Management.
Never straying too far from her geeky roots, Chris loves figuring out how data, tools and technology can enhance the corporate sourcing, recruiting, and assessment process. She brings a strong business acumen, real-world technology orientation, and deep subject matter expertise to her projects, and keeps up her skills as a speaker, writer, and/or adviser to organizations such as the Atlanta Director’s of Recruiting Roundtable, SourceCon, Human Capital Institute, SHRM, Technology Association of Georgia Recruiting Society and IQPC. Chris co-founded the Recruiter Chicks blog with Teela Jackson, and loves social tools such as Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and of course, Google+. She holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia, and is based out of Atlanta. You can follow her on Twitter at @havrilla.
Teela Jackson has over ten years of experience primarily in talent acquisition and is a panelist and featured speaker for various industries, associations and universities. As a results-driven professional, Teela has successfully partnered with organizations to identify key talent for full-time, consulting and interim needs. She has played a key role in acquiring scalable, global and multi-functional talent for organizations in various industries. She is the Director of Talent Delivery at Talent Connections in Atlanta, GA and has previously worked as an internal recruiting consultant for CIGNA Healthcare, Georgia-Pacific and Turner Broadcasting.
Teela is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management-Atlanta Chapter and currently serves as Executive Vice President – External Relations. She was also the recipient of the 2010 SHRM-Georgia State Council Volunteer of the Year: Georgia Peach Award. Additionally, Jackson is a member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and she participates in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
Teela has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on WXIA-TV 11Alive News and frequently speaks to professional organizations on “Using Social Media in Your Job Search” and “How to Stand out from the Crowd in your Job Search” and consults with organizations about leveraging social media as a key marketing strategy.
Teela earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Mercer University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from The University of Tennessee. You can follow her on Twitter at @TeelaJackson.