Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team.
This week we catch up with Patrick Friel, Director on the Accounting + Finance team at Green Key. As one of the team members working out of the new office in New Jersey, Patrick elaborates on his team’s expansion, their goals moving forward within this area, and what advantages Green Key allows them every single day.
How did you first get your start in recruiting?
Prior to recruiting, I worked in sales, both for the New York Mets and Aerospace & Defense events firm. After those roles I moved into Finance for 4-5 years. I missed the sales side of things and working closely with people so I was using a recruiter to try to find a new job and realized how intriguing a recruiting career seemed. Since my background was in sales and finance, I figured I would put that experience together and I’ve now been at Green Key for two years this summer.
What about recruiting makes you come back every day?
It brings new challenges every day. It can be stressful at times, but it feels amazing to make placements for people who really need it. Especially since the pandemic, while people enter back into the workforce.
I also love the opportunity provided at Green Key to work wherever you want in the country and on whatever you want – the national support we have here is second to none. There’s no limit to how much you can grow at Green Key.
How will this new office in New Jersey benefit the Accounting + Finance team?
We have a lot of business in New Jersey and there’s a lot of opportunities in different industries. On top of our already existing NJ client base we have a lot of current long term clients that are moving from NYC to the Jersey area. It’s important to have expertise of the location, as well as the surrounding market to continue to support them as we have done for so many years already.
Having a presence in New Jersey is going to be beneficial to our current and future clients.
What are the goals for this office and your team moving forward?
On top of making sure our clients are best served by being experts in the area, we want to continue build out the team. We’re growing at a rapid pace here at Green Key and I think we’ll be very successful expanding our business in this new location.
What sets Green Key apart from other staffing agencies?
At Green Key, there is no ceiling to what one can achieve. This is true in regard to where we work, who we work with, and what we work on. It’s free game for anyone who wants to work hard for it.
You also get exposure to people who have been in the business for a long time. When I started, I was never afraid to ask questions and everyone was extremely open to taking the time to answer them. Green Key makes sure to put the time in for everyone to succeed. No one will fail here because of lack of training. We’re embedded in everyone’s success and always willing to invest in you.