Welcome to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team. 

We had a chat with Sam Leveille, Staffing Manager on the Architecture & Engineering team at Green Key. Promoted just this past April, Sam is excited to continue advancing in her career and help shape and grow her team in the process.  

What first sparked your interest in recruiting? 

My college roommate worked for a recruiting agency after we graduated. At the time, I had a degree in Psychology and knew I wanted a career where I could help people. My friend convinced me to send my resume in and I spent a half day at their office, which instantly pulled me in. That was my first exposure to technical recruiting. I spent over two years there and came to Green Key last July. 

What does training look like on the Architecture & Engineering team? 

In recruiting, you learn better by doing. So while everyone on the team does their mandatory modules and role playing, our new hires get started in the field pretty quickly. Once they get familiar with Green Key’s software and technology, we don’t micromanage. We give you the tools and help you grow.  

What keeps you coming back to recruiting every day? 

I love being able to help people. As with any industry, recruiting has its ups and downs. It can be a rollercoaster. But those times when you hear more about a candidate’s story or how you financially improved their lives, that’s when it feels rewarding. At the end of the day, we’re changing these people’s lives, even if we don’t realize it. 

Why should someone want to work on the Architecture & Engineering team at Green Key? 

It’s a very fun, tight dynamic and we all get along really well. Everyone cares for one another and is rooting for each other to succeed. At the same time, our team has grown rapidly over the past year with plans to continue next year. 

We saw you got promoted in April…what are your new goals? 

With the new role, I’m training the new recruiters and teaching them the ins and outs of the business. I love that I’ve been able to help new hires the same way I was supported when I first came to Green Key. On the other hand, I’ve also been getting some account management and sales experience. So I hope to continue learning and growing from this new promotion. 

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#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Lauren Pratt

Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team.

We recently met up with Lauren Pratt, Executive Director on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction team at Green Key. Lauren started her career at Green Key in 2022, with 6 years of previous recruiting experience. As an expert in her field, she works within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction team focusing on the construction side of the business for the Southeast US.

How did you first get started in Architecture and Engineering recruiting?

Honestly, just at the right place at the right time! My undergraduate degree is in Petroleum Engineering (I chose to follow in my dad’s footsteps). I worked within the oil and gas industry early in my career and when we went through a downturn, I interviewed with a recruitment company who helped hire within O&G. They asked me to come work for them and build out a technical discipline, which was construction. I ended up loving the juxtaposition of the technical aspect with the personality and sales piece of the candidate and client side and never looked back!

What motivated you to pursue a career in this niche?

I grew up in a family that pursued very technical careers, so I was a bit naive to the niche in general. I ended up loving the detail and technicality I could bring to the role with my more unique background, paired with the personality and sales piece. To me, recruitment is like a puzzle – finding out the details and pairing the right candidates and clients together. That gives me a lot of fulfillment when it comes together and knowing you are helping further a candidate’s career or helping a company continue to grow with a great hire.

What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your career?

From a personal aspect, nothing will ever top a grateful candidate or client – the call, the text, the LinkedIn recommendation – knowing that you have made a positive impact. From a professional aspect, being able to work in a sales role allows you to get out what you put in – and to be compensated for that success.

How do you identify and attract top talent in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction fields?

We as a team have a great track record in the space, which helps attract talent through reputation and referrals, but it’s really just continuing to make a name for yourself in the industry – going above and beyond for our candidates and clients and that translates into other people wanting to work with us as well. We utilize LinkedIn and our networks extensively; we continue to stay on top of new technology and are not afraid to try something new if it means bringing in new talent from either a candidate or client side!

How do you stay updated on industry trends and developments to better serve your clients and candidates?

Straight from the source – the best is always through candidates and clients as they are the ones in it every day. We also have websites and tools we utilize as well and always share information and articles across the team collaboratively.

What are some key factors that clients typically consider when selecting candidates for Architecture and Engineering positions?

I can only speak to construction and development specifically, but we look for alignment in project portfolio, tenure, who they work for, what they are looking for in a new role, and compensation and where applicable, dig into those pieces so we can paint a clearer picture for our clients when representing these candidates.

2024 marks 20 years of Green Key and how would you describe your experience since starting here?

Rewarding – from a compensation perspective and a mental health perspective. I appreciate the autonomy and flexibility granted to you here to run a business, the capability to offer input on things like new tech or processes. I love the team I work on here and am grateful to get to work with them every day!

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