Professional Development in a Small Company

by Natalie Miller

Starting out with J&M around two years ago, Jen and Mike gave me the exposure to different parts of J&M so that I could choose what I liked best and run with it. They provided guidelines on how they wanted me to do things, and they gave me free range to make it my own. Through all my experiences here, it has taught me that I can feel confident in anything that I do by just trusting in myself and withstanding J&M’s Vision & Values. I never knew what to expect as I jumped into all kinds of new tasks, but I was motivated to find my forte.

Project Management is a large part of J&M and the consulting industry, and I gained exposure to this right away with the task of building the website. This project introduced me to all sides of Project Management and the different people I would be interacting with to successfully complete it. At first, I was uncomfortable in this role, but the people I was working with were very supportive and wanted me to succeed. It was difficult at times, especially because of J&M’s commitment to excellence, but this experience provided me with tools to excel as a professional.

  • Timeline planning and budgeting
  • Communication skills between client and company
  • Determining project scope

Now, I wanted to strengthen my people skills, and the opportunity to manage J&M’s summer intern was the perfect experience. I wanted to inspire both of us to be our best and this experience put my leadership skills to the test. It taught me the importance of patience and gaining an understanding for how different people manage their own workload. At first, I found the experience intimidating, but I discovered my comfort zone through the knowledge I gained:

  • Providing feedback and encouragement where appropriate
  • Project mapping
  • Interpersonal communication

I also wanted to try my hand at marketing and sales because I had some creative and fresh ideas thought to enhance the J&M brand as well as my own experience. Although some of these ideas were very effective, I was never crazy about this type of work. It tested my integrity by requiring a lot of tedious solo work, and I felt as if I would be beneficial in another place. However, I am still thankful for this experience, as it expanded my creativity and communication skills.

  • Production of marketing materials
  • Creating new slogans and campaign initiatives
  • Analyzing trends of potential clients – what they want to see
  • Learning how to sell the J&M brand through social media and marketing tools

I believe that each of these experiences have brought me to where I am now and have made me successful as a recruiter. It is my job to maintain communication with people and develop strong professional relationships. Recruiting is way more than just selling a brand; it is selling people. I quickly found a passion in connecting with new people and exploring each new gig to see how we can create a fit. I have pride in this position and providing excellent people with great opportunities, and I would not be here without Jen and Mike’s flexibility at the beginning.

 

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