Introducing Katherine Ericson!
Healthcare and Marketing Recruiter
I am a Greenville transplant. I have lived in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Virginia. I am a Wake Forest graduate – “Go Deacs!” I am married to a phenomenal husband with two fabulous children and an adorable Springer Spaniel, Molly. I enjoy reading, traveling, spending time with family, cooking, hiking and camping. I have been a recruiter at Godshall for nine years, focusing on healthcare, insurance and marketing industries.
1. How did you get into recruiting? – When I decided Greenville was where I wanted to settle, I was told by multiple people, “You HAVE to meet Julie Godshall Brown!” With 13 years of experience in marketing and customer relations, she thankfully felt recruiting would be a natural fit!
2. You staff for medical and marketing. How did you break into those fields? What do you enjoy most about each? Prior to Godshall, I did marketing in Charlotte, NC for commercial real estate and a large radiology practice. The knowledge I’ve obtained in these fields has helped me tremendously in penetrating the healthcare field and expanding our presence in the market by becoming an expert in the skills and needs for these positions. I love both industries for different reasons. Healthcare employees are some of the most wonderful people you can meet. They have so much passion for their profession. The market is fast moving and people are hungry to find the right fit. I feel like I am in the trenches with the office managers in trying to develop a strong team for their practice. Being a marketing professional, it is a natural fit for me to want to work in creative environments. The candidates are so unique and professional, and the employers are innovative and continue to impress me with the way they remain leaders in the market.
3. What is your favorite part about recruiting? It may sound cheesy, but we change people’s lives. We’ve assisted new graduates in their first career and helped people trying to get back on their feet after troubled times, especially after the recession. When I make that perfect match, I try to stay in touch and see where people are 5 years later. It always brings a smile to my face to learn they are still happy and enjoying their job.
4. What are the top 4 traits you look for when interviewing?
1. Ambition – Hunger to work and work hard! It surprises me daily how often I don’t feel this from my interviewees.
2. Pride – Someone who takes pride in their success!
3. Communication – As an English major, I am always impressed with good articulators. Be prepared to articulate your job history and your professional goals. If I can’t understand your experience and desires, how can I recommend you to our clients with confidence?
4. Personality – Be positive! People want someone on their team they can connect with in a positive way. However, you do want to be careful with this and read your interviewer – show your personality but remain professional!
5. If you could give advice to those looking for a job, what would it be?
Remember that you are looking for a job because YOU want a better situation for yourself. Yes, there are layoffs and there are unfortunate situations, but when you are on an interview, it is your time to find something even better than your last situation. Be excited for the possibilities! My husband and I always tell our children, “YOU are responsible for your life – make it great!”