MEET THE TEAM: Resource Specialist Laura Brunson

MEET THE TEAM: Resource Specialist Laura Brunson

laura-b-at-the-piano“Meet the Team” introduces you to the Leddy Group resource specialists who work tirelessly to find the right candidate for the right job.

 What is your title and role? My title is Resource Specialist, and my role is to provide staffing services for front office, professional, and administrative positions. I also handle most of the marketing for Leddy Group, which is a big part of my role.

What is your biggest challenge at work? The staffing environment is extremely fast paced. It’s literally, “Go! Go! Go!” from the time you walk into the office until the time you leave, so ensuring that I’m giving the upmost customer service to our clients while managing the process of trying to find the right person for the right job is definitely my biggest challenge.

What does that process entail? It’s full circle, from making calls to candidates, to following up with candidates about job opportunities, to managing placement of those candidates with the clients and making sure all parties are happy, and then managing the process when employees decide they want to find new opportunities.

What are the most common struggles candidates face? When candidates come to us looking for certain compensation, and, depending on the market, those expectations sometimes can’t be met. Also, when candidates may have certain skills and experience, but those skills and experience might not match what the client’s looking for. In all situations, though, we try to keep the conversation positive and focus on continuing to find the right fit. In fact, we even go so far as performing “reverse marketing,” where we approach clients with candidates we feel would be a great fit within their organizations.

What is the favorite part of your job?  It’s funny that the favorite part of my job is also my biggest challenge. I really enjoy the hustle and bustle of the position – it keeps me motivated. I walk in the door and I’m faced with a new challenge every day. I never look at the clock and say, “I want this day to be over with already;” instead, I say “I need more time.” I also love the satisfaction of impacting people. We do make some great placements, whether it’s helping people reach the next step in their careers or just filling in the gaps when they need it. Job searches can be very frustrating, so to be a big and positive part of that process is kind of nice.

What do you like about Leddy Group? Having never worked with an agency before, I was fairly green when I started. Staffing is a different industry altogether and a challenging one at that, but everyone here is very professional. They took me under their wing and pretty much said, “We want to invest in you if you want to invest in us.” Feeling valued is huge to me, and I truly feel that way here.

What do you like to do in your free time? I love to hang out with family and friends. I also teach piano lessons a couple of nights a week.

How long have you been playing piano? It seems like I’ve been playing forever, but really since I was eight years old. I love it, and I love teaching. I have five students right now, but I’d like to have more.

What is your guilty pleasure? Reality television? Ice cream? Actually, I love anything vintage from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, and I’ll read anything I can to learn more about that era. I’m a really big fan of Audrey Hepburn.

You went to school in Pensacola. What brought you down there?  I was born and raised in NH, and when I got out of high school, I kind of wanted a change. I knew that Pensacola Christian College was not only a good school, it was also affordable, so I figured I should just go for it. I decided to spend four years of my life in Florida and see where it went from there.

And now you’re back here, so it obviously didn’t pan out. Florida just wasn’t for me. The beach is okay but it gets old after a while and I love the seasons of New England. I guess I’m just a New England girl at heart.

What is the one thing you could tell people that most people don’t know about you? I am trying to write a crime/suspense novel. It’s been on my bucket list to publish a book at some point in my life, so I thought it would be kind of fun. I’ve been working on it for a long time, and it kind of takes a back seat to everything else in my life.