Education Background: Boston University – BS Hospitality Administration
Can you tell us a bit about your background? How did you land in your current role?
I started my career in hospitality, working in operations and culinary development for restaurants. It was very fun! But, ultimately not my long-term plan. I realized that the part of my job that I was most passionate about was the people; specifically, I enjoyed helping bring new members onto our teams and helping internal employees figure out their path. And so I moved into recruiting!
Have you made any really special or impactful hires? Or is there a person you feel like you really influenced during your career? We’d love to hear that story!
One of my early hires was a Senior Accountant that I sourced from a Big 4 accounting firm. About 6 months into him working on our team, I met his wife at our summer party and I was greeted with ‘Oh, you’re Jacqui!’. She proceeded to tell me how much happier they both were now that he was working in his new role; he worked better hours, loved what he was doing, and they were both happier overall. It was so much fun to hear!!
After I left that company, I learned on LinkedIn that he was promoted to Manager within a year. I was so proud 🙂
What changes have you seen in the industry, or what trends do you predict in the coming months?
I think that overall the industry is moving towards a more structured, data-driven model. While there is always an unpredictable aspect to working with people, industry leaders are realizing that you can put a data-driven model to a very ‘human’ industry.
What is your favorite piece of advice to give job seekers?
Speak to as many companies as you can. Learn what is important to you and what are your non-starters with a company/job. Finding the best fit is beneficial to both you and the company you ultimately join; you’ll be happier and the company will have a happier, longer-lasting employee.
When you’re not helping candidates or people within your organization, how do you like to spend your free time?
Out to dinner, at home cooking, or hanging out with my dog.
Here’s a question we love to ask everyone who visits the WayUp office – what was your favorite job in college?
I was a server and line cook at a dessert-centric restaurant called Finale. I loved serving, loved baking/cooking, and loved chocolate (I still do…).