April Luelling

Spotlight on April Luelling, Account + Recruiting Manager

April Luelling

We want you to help you get to know the members of Team Synergis who help put people to work. So, this month, we are featuring April Luelling. She works from her home in Portland, OR mostly with our Bay Area clients as an Account + Recruiting Manager. She also has expertise in the Creative space and everything User Experience. Let’s see what April had to say.

April, first please tell our readers a little about yourself and your professional background.

Born on the beach, raised in the mountains and forever a lifelong cowgirl. Truly, I have been a cowgirl since I could walk! When I graduated high school in Bend, OR, I had no clue what I wanted to do when I grew up. So instead of going straight to college at 18, I took the road less traveled, and started to work with horses. I ended up managing a ranch, breaking colts and training cutting, reigning and roping horses. That was my life! Dirt, ponies, cows, hay, traveling, rodeos and all those country things.  Eventually, I moved to Eugene and needed to hang up my hat up and retire (briefly) my spurs. It was then that I was finally ready to make my way into those college halls and I became the first college graduate in my family, graduating with two degrees from the University of Oregon.

Shortly after my graduation, I moved up north to Portland where I launched into my recruiting career. I have been fortunate enough to have opened two brand new markets along the way, worked with some really great agencies and even better, I have been able to work with and help staff teams on some pretty well-known brands!  Nowadays, I am an Account + Recruiting Manager by day and a Weekend Warrior by weekend, (skiing, rock climbing, trail running, riding horses and traveling the world as much as possible!).

What attracted you to work in the staffing industry?

To be completely honest, I stumbled into this industry! I went to college (GO DUCKS!) late in life and graduated just as the market was moving forward in the right direction – post 2008 crash. Design has always been a huge part of my life and it made sense for me to make the move to the Art Institute – learning design foundations, spearheading design courses and recruiting incoming designers. I loved it, but I was eager to see their careers bloom. So, I jumped into the agency side, the next logical step for me – from recruiting incoming designers to now working with designers with experience!

Fast forward through my career, I’ve worked mainly in the staffing agency world, focusing on design, UX/UI, marketing, advertising and more, (in hindsight, I should have always known I would end up in the design space, as my thesis was on propaganda). I love the hustle, the problem solving and the constant challenges. I love working with hiring managers to understand their needs and partnering with them on strategy as well as bringing the best players onto their team. I also love having a pulse on the industry! It’s so fun to watch the ebbs and flows of the constantly changing landscape and be able to help and advise candidates along the way. Especially now, cause lord knows…this market is a wild one!

What are your favorite aspects of working with candidates?

My favorite part of working with candidates? That’s simple…humans! (and being able to work with them). Humans are so unique and individual, everyone is so different in how they were raised, their career choices and desires, what’s shaped them and which direction they want their career to grow. The coolest part is learning who they are, putting them first and understanding their past career and what is projecting them forward. I love to dive deep into resumes and portfolios to help them improve the aesthetic, the user experience and ultimately, help them highlight how rad they are so that they may gain more traction in their job search. It’s so cool to guide candidates and see the confidence build in them and, even better, when they land their dream job. Or even better than that? When we talk about the newest and coolest position and I am able to help them land that role. We have shaped, shifted and changed people’s lives. And that my friends, is so remarkable to be a part of.

Do you have a particular candidate story that’s memorable that you’d like to share?

I have 100s! Working in this industry for 10+ years, I’m fortunate enough to help make an impact on many people’s lives! I have countless stories about candidates becoming my friends and adventure pals, about getting texts and messages from candidates regarding big life events (like when Tiffany got married or TJ had their first baby!) or when you call candidates and give them the amazing news that they have an offer with their dream company and they break down and cry because, for some wild and crazy reason, you literally just changed their life. Being on the receiving end of the line when your candidate breaks down and explains to you how much the new role means to them, well, that is pretty darn neat to be a part of!

What is the one piece of advice that you consistently give candidates?

Be yourself. Be true to who you are, what you’re looking for and more importantly, what’s important for you! The market is WILD right now, so make sure you do your research before you apply. And when you do apply to a new role, make sure you put your best foot forward – peacock your skills and talents, be honest about your experience and really…be true to who you are! Don’t give up on the search, as cliché as this sounds, you will find the right role for you.

On a lighter note, what is your spirit animal?

Depends on the day! But today, I’m feeling the Bear, which represents strength and confidence, courage and strong-willed in nature. And I’m feeling all that these days!

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5 reasons to search for a job this summer

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Many job seekers assume summer is a bad time to look for a career move. It sounds counterintuitive, but this summer is actually a great time to be on the hunt. At Synergis, we’re super busy filling our clients’ jobs right now. Help us out and check out our IT jobs and Creative jobs!

And, in the meantime, I’ll tell you why you shouldn’t wait until the fall to look for your dream job.

1. There’s less competition.

According to LaborIQ, the job market challenge is on the side of employers, not candidates. Almost 3.5 million fewer people are participating in the labor force than before the pandemic, so the pace of hiring will slow due to a lower labor supply, not the demand for skilled workers. But this is good news for candidates as it means less competition for the jobs you’re applying for. So, go ahead and brush off your resume and cover letter—even though everyone else might be taking a break.

2. The demand for talent is back.

In April of 2020, many companies were cutting back on hiring and/or conducting layoffs. So, now that we’re on our way back to “normal” with economic growth over the past few months, companies are looking to hire again. And the candidate supply remains extremely tight for roles in technology, much like it did before the pandemic hit. But the job rebound varies around the country, so keep that in mind. Here are the U.S. locations that have recovered the most total jobs in the first quarter of 2021.

Location 2021 YTD Job Gain
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 95,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 58,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 52,200
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 46,300
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 43,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 36,200
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 36,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 34,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 31,700
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 23,900

Source: LaborIQ and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

3. It’s easier to ask for time off.

Many companies and industries slow down over the summer, so it might be easier for you to ask for vacation time. It’s a natural time for people to take PTO that no one will bat an eye when/if you take a few days here and there to interview. The lull in work may also mean it’s easier to get on a hiring manager’s calendar. They may also have more time to sift through resumes.

4. Networking is no longer hazardous.

Trying to meet with people from your professional network was hard enough before the pandemic. Once COVID hit, it was virtually impossible. But now that people are getting vaccinated and the weather is warm enough to grab coffee outside, your contact might be not only be willing, but eager to meet with you. Any excuse to get out of the home or office to socialize again! And you never know when you’ll make a great work contact at the neighborhood pool or barbecue, too. So, ABN (always be networking)!

5. We’re hiring too!

Not only is Synergis experiencing high job order requests, but we have open positions as well. We are looking for recruiters and sales to work in or around our offices in Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Check out the job board here. And, by the way, we were named a Staffing Industry Analyst 2021 Best Staffing Firm to work for, so you might really want to consider it (that’s my shameless plug).

 

This summer is a unique time for job seekers. But I advise you to take advantage of it. After living through a pandemic and possibly a job loss, you owe it to yourself to take stock of your career. And summer is the perfect opportunity for that self-reflection. Ask yourself, “Am I doing what I love?” and “Can I see myself doing that same job for the next 30-40 years?”

And companies like Synergis are here to help you find your dream job. Reach out to us to get paired up with one of our expert recruiters.

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About the author

Marisa Wahnschaff serves as a Technical Recruiter for Synergis out of our Atlanta office. She specializes in placing candidates in Cyber Security, Cloud Engineer, DevOps and Principal Architect roles. Prior to Synergis, Marisa worked in business development in the insurance and risk management industries. But she missed recruiting so much, that she came back to it! Marisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Campbell University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little ones, her three fur babies and cheering on her favorite sports teams (Notre Dame Fighting Irish and New York Yankees).

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