Meet Us Monday: Kristy Fitch
To help you get to know the Automationtechies team a bit better, we will introduce a different member each Monday. Today’s profile is for Kristy Fitch.
Kristy is a technical recruiter who has been with Automationtechies since its beginning in 2000. Kristy started out supporting job posting clients and moved into recruiting in 2003. Like all Automationtechies recruiters, Kristy has experience placing candidates with Control Systems Integrators as well as end user accounts.
1) What role do you play at Automationtechies? What do your daily tasks include?
I am a recruiter. I spend my days reviewing resumes, speaking with candidates about their career goals, and connecting them with great companies and with job opportunities that will challenge them and further their career growth. I also spend time with my clients understanding their hiring needs, finding the best talent for their open positions, scheduling interviews, and making sure the hiring process runs smoothly. On the best days I am presenting offers to candidates and making a real difference in their lives. I also spend a lot of time talking about the weather in Minnesota. We are famous for it.
2) What do you do for fun when you’re not working?
I spend time with my husband and our kids. For fun we love to canoe, bike, hike, participate in book club, take the kids to karate lessons, walk around the lake, and spend time with friends. The quality of life in Minnesota cannot be beat; at least in spring, summer, and fall. Winter is great… when we have snow.
3) What is your favorite meal/dish to eat?
I love great food; Thai, Mexican, Indian and Sushi are my favorites.
4) If you won the lottery, what would you do with your winnings?
I have no idea, however since I need to answer this question, I would probably take time off and travel with my family. I would hire someone to clean my house. I would donate to causes I believe in. Finally, I would pay someone to finish our basement so I could see my husband once in a while!
5) What is one random or weird fact about you that other people tend to find interesting?
How I put up with my husband’s sense of humor. If you met him you would know what I am talking about. Seriously though, I once worked in veterinary medicine, I love wilderness canoeing, adventure travel, and riding shotgun in our 1977 VW Camper Van.
6) What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with job seekers?
I have been recruiting for a long time so it is difficult to boil it down to one piece of advice. However if I had to choose one, then I would say make sure your resume is the highest quality it can possibly be. It should be geared toward the type of position you are looking for. It should clearly highlight the skills relevant to that position. It should be well-formatted and clean. It should provide a link to your LinkedIn profile and use terminology that can be understood by people outside of your current company. One more thing – job seekers should find a recruiter that knows their industry, has a strong network in it, and helps them to grow in their career.
7) What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with employers who are hiring?
If you want to attract the best candidates you need to build an organization with a great culture that provides interesting and challenging projects for engineers. Put in place a hiring process that runs smoothly and be sure to make a competitive offer to the candidate(s) you want to hire.