NW Staffing Employee Interview: Vancouver Branch Manager Hailey Mark
Today we are highlighting our new Vancouver Branch Manager, Hailey Mark as she sat down with us to share her tips, experience and knowledge around the staffing industry and Vancouver, Washington. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Hailey, I hope you will enjoy this interview as we get to know her a bit more.
Hailey, why NW Staffing? What has made this a place that you want to go to everyday for work?
It is all about the people and the culture that we are cultivating not only in our branch, but company-wide. Our team is amazing! They are dedicated to staying abreast of the ever-changing industry regulations and are committed to consistent collaboration to ensure that we are providing the best service we can to our clients and talent pool. They are positive and enthusiastic about working together and it shows! We spend so much of our lives at work and it is imperative that we enjoy working alongside our teammates. Our company embraces and encourages the importance of having fun at work, and that something that I look forward to every day.
What are three things you love most about working in the staffing industry? Alternatively, what are three things that are challenging about this industry?
I love having the opportunity to support our communities by building relationships. Staffing agencies have the honor of serving as advocates for those new and established in our community who are looking for their next career step. Additionally, learning about the many different paths that individuals take in life to achieve their career goals. Not only is it tremendously inspiring but we learn so much from each other through honest conversation that can be shared with others looking to pursue a similar goal. And finally, the ability that we have to serve as thought leaders to community members and hiring managers for the clients we serve. The opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversation and share our industry knowledge to better serve the good of our community is a really powerful thing.
The challenges I see is that our industry is incredibly fast paced. At times, it can be challenging to move as quickly with it while remembering to step away and take time for ourselves. Meeting an exceptional candidate and not having the perfect job for them right away. That being said, this is also a fun component to working in staffing. We want to find the perfect culture fit for both the candidate and client. Though the search for that match can sometimes take some time, it is so rewarding for all involved when it happens. Lastly when unemployment is as low as it is, we have to get really creative when it comes to recruitment strategies. Which, to be honest, is both challenging and motivating. It creates a space for more collaboration with our peers and other industry experts.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self when it comes to career advice?
Keep an open mind. Be open to looking at situations from all angles and do not get caught up in the negative emotions when something doesn’t go the way you thought. What may feel like a failure or step in the wrong direction can also be a step towards a rewarding path you had never considered.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received from someone else about work, careers etc.?
Do not discount the importance of opportunity. Life is full of challenges and there is much that we cannot control, but we are presented with opportunities every day and we do have control over how we choose to respond. Be open to all possibilities and choose to engage in life with an open mindset.
What do you love doing in your free time?
Spending as much time as I can near water or outdoors. It is a great way to recharge after a busy day or week at work. We live in such an enchanting part of the country and there is much to see. I spend a decent amount of time planning out my next adventures and love exchanging recommendations of places to visit. Some of my other favorite past times include kayaking, hiking, cycling, attending concerts and reading.
What is one personal goal you have for yourself in 2020?
To take my cycling game to the next level! There are some century rides along the coast in California that I’m hoping to be ready for in April.
Finally, what do you love about living and working in Vancouver?
Vancouver is a full of old town charm and invigorating new business! If you haven’t spent much time in the ‘Couve yet, I recommend checking it out. I love being able to walk to and from work, the access to some great outdoor trails, and the strong sense of community engagement.