A top notch resume and killer interview skills is what it takes to stand out from the crowd of eager job seekers around the Capital Region, according to Renee A. Walrath of Walrath Recruiting, Inc. The Clifton Park woman runs an Albany-based recruitment agency that helps both job seekers and employers looking to hire.
I decided I wanted to do a career change which got me into staffing. I'm a numbers person and on the other hand I'm a people person, said Walrath, who spent 17 years in accounting and four in staffing before opening her own company. "In this industry I really make a difference in someone's life because I'm helping someone find a career, a career path, or helping clients fill a job, so it's making a difference whether in an applicant's life or client's life. I'm improving someone's livelihood."
Unemployed job seekers or clients looking to fill a position can reach out to Walrath through her website, www.walrathrecruiting.com. Her role is to make the process easier for everyone involved.
"I pre-screen every applicant that comes in, not just over the phone but they come in here and I interview them to make sure their skill set does match," said Walrath.
Walrath said she saves clients looking for an employee time because they don't have to wade through piles of resumes, do reference checks or waste time interviewing an incompatible individual.
"Sometimes a skill set might match but the personality might not jive. I like to get to know my clients well and their work environments," said Walrath. "Some people are more comfortable in a conservative work place or a relaxed atmosphere, so I make sure not only the skill set is a good match but the personality would work within that environment."
Walrath advertises for available positions on her website and other job posting boards, although she said she gets a lot of referrals too.