As a pre-med student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Tara took a part-time job in the Career Services department where she worked with employers, organized career fairs, and ran resume workshops. It’s also where she fell in love with recruiting and decided to pursue a career in talent acquisition.
Tara joined Hudson RPO in 2016 as a scientific recruiter for a large drug delivery and supply company hiring for advanced technical and engineering roles. When that assignment ended, Tara moved to a global banking and finance client where she learned a new industry and specialties within the industry, such as investment banking and financial cyber security, while hiring for diverse roles.
“With this client, I worked on amazing projects like when the bank decided to expand into a new U.S. market,” Tara said. “I worked on the proposal and reviewed market data, available talent, and compensation differences among cities to put forth a recommendation to the company.”
Tara also helped the company build the organization’s new Shared Services team from scratch and helped establish the company’s brand among area HR talent.
“I initially contacted two candidates about jobs, and they were not interested in making a career move. After we built the brand in the local market, they later reached out to us about positions and within one year were working for the bank. That’s the power of employer brand building,” added Tara.
Tara takes the initiative to present new ideas to Hudson RPO’s senior managers who have supported her to realize these ideas. For example, she pitched and now runs a best practices group of recruiters across client accounts.
Senior management also invited Tara to fly to New York City and join a new business pitch, which was a new experience.
When a new role came up to support long-time Canadian client GSK in the U.S., Tara jumped at the chance to show her value and the value of Hudson RPO.
As the sole contractor, Tara was charged with hiring director, senior director, and VP roles in immunology, oncology, and general pharmaceuticals. An early win for Tara was filling a role within two months that had been open for two years.
According to Tara, “I feel the training received at Hudson RPO helps me think creatively and work better with hiring managers, which led me to fill that role so quickly.”
Given her success on the GSK account, Tara was promoted to Recruitment Manager where she mentors and manages people.
“I told Hudson RPO leadership that I wanted to return to managing people, and they listened. At Hudson RPO, I’m not just a number. They pay attention to my career goals and find opportunities for me,” added Tara.
Tara works virtually from her home office in rural Wisconsin, but with GSK she fills roles in major cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco, and even in the UK.
“I love the international exposure and the chance to work with amazing talent from Oxford and Cambridge.”
Tara’s hard work has been rewarded with a Hudson RPO Pinnacle Award, and she’ll soon enjoy several days of R&R at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.