Spotlight On HR Series:
A Conversation With Jeremy Bonewitz, Talent Acquisition Manager at Stantec – Infrastructure
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Tell us about your work experience in HR and recruiting.
I have been in the recruitment world since July of 2008, starting with Aerotek in Colorado Springs. My brother-in-law was the Director of Business Operations for the Mountain Region area at the time and not knowing what I really wanted to do, he suggested I give recruiting a shot. After 2 years of agency recruiting I decided to move into the corporate side of recruiting and have worked with several engineering firms as a Recruiter/Talent Acquisition Specialist. Now I am the Talent Acquisition Manager at Stantec. Over the course of 10+ years, I have obtained various recruiting/sourcing certifications, attended webinars and conferences, read a vast amount of recruiting/sourcing articles and networked with others in the business to help propel my career to where it is today.
What are the unique talents you bring to the field?
I’d have to say my souring skills. I’ve taken so many certifications, webinars, and training sessions on being able to source all over the internet to find that “purple squirrel”. I never stop learning the newest techniques and always try to keep my skills sharp and up to date.
Share your biggest success story in HR or recruiting so far.
I would say moving from an individual contributor (i.e. Recruiter) to a Talent Manager overseeing a team of 9 Talent Consultants has been my biggest success story so far. This has given me the chance to take the next step in my career while helping to contribute to the success of others. I really like the teaching aspect of m role and helping my team become better sourcers and recruiters.
What is the best advice you’ve received during your career path, and from who?
I would say one of the best pieces of advice I’ve received during my career is to be ethical in your work. Don’t cut corners and if you make a mistake then admit your faults and move on. This was given to me by my father a long ago and I never forgot it.
What’s your favorite HR/recruiting tech tool?
There are a lot of great HR/recruiting tools out there today. I’d probably have to say that Zapinfo has been my favorite tool over the past year, but others such as Improver.io, Kendo, and Swordfish also rank really high on my radar! Another tool that I think everyone should use is Grammarly which checks your spelling on emails and InMails you send out.
As an HR/recruiting professional, how do you handle recruiting to achieve the best results?
Simple. Be well organized! The more organized you are the better you work, run your own desk and perform to a higher standard. Another note is to always say the 2 magic words of “please” and “thank you” to those around you and never be afraid to ask for help when needed.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2019?
With the end of 2019 right around the corner, I am looking to prepare myself more in my new role. I’ve only just begun my new career track 4 months ago, so2020 will really bring with it new and exciting challenges for me!
To get in touch with Jeremy visit his Linkedin page.
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