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Posted on: March 21st, 2017

Atlanta teamOur team usually spends Fridays helping employers and job seekers find the best match, but this month the team in Atlanta was offering a different kind of help to their community.

On Friday, March 10th, several members of our Atlanta team volunteered with Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit that designs and installs complete home interiors for families coming out of poverty, who desperately need a home environment that will support health and wellness. Founded in 2009 in Dallas by the interior designers Lisa Robison and Kim Turner, Dwell with Dignity has completed 97 projects to date and now operates in Dallas and Atlanta.

This was our first time supporting Dwell with Dignity and our team had an amazing time working in the storage warehouse of donations helping to unpack boxes, move and organizing furniture.

Here is some feedback from our team:

This was my first time volunteering with Dwell with Dignity but hopefully it won’t be my last! They just opened the Atlanta office so we were there to help sort all of the furniture donations and unpack them. It was awesome to see all of the furniture and household items that the interior decorators will use to turn houses into homes for some deserving families. It feels really good to be a part of something that helps women and children from a stable environment and have a complete home. I hope to go back to DWD and help renovate items that need it once the designers have picked them for installation. I loved helping an organization that is about empowering women and children to continue moving forward!” – Erin Griswold

Had a great time getting out with my coworkers and helping organize the warehouse. Inspiring to see a charity out there that helps moms and children who may not be able to afford basic home furniture.” – Patrick Mark

This volunteer event was great because not only did we get to help out a  local charity but it was almost like a team-building exercise for those of us that attended. It was awesome to leave work aside and work together as a team to do something good for the community.” – Jordana Garcia

Learn more about the Dwell with Dignity project and how can you help them.

Although it’s their first time supporting this project, our Atlanta team is known for supporting different non-profit and volunteer projects, such as Clark’s Kids, Safehouse Outreach Atlanta and Camp Sunshine.

Do you want to be part of a team who supports their community? The Atlanta office is the place to be – Apply today!

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Posted on: March 10th, 2017

To close our Women’s Week, we invited our HR Director, Courtney Cassaras, to talk about how she achieved success in her personal and professional lives.

Courtney CassarasDan: Can you describe your career with Veredus, a Hays company, so far?
I began my career at Veredus 9 years ago as an IT Recruiter.  Since then I’ve been a Researcher, HR Specialist, Director of Consultant Care, and now the Director of Human Resources.  I’m very grateful for the advancement opportunities I’ve had here, and I look forward to even more growth with the company.

Dan: What has your biggest challenge been and what did you learn from it?
I’m not the first woman to say this, but balancing work and life have been challenging for me. My career is very important to me but so is my family. In the beginning, I struggled with the balance and wasn’t sure that I could be successful in both areas at once. Then, one day, I realized that the skills for both “jobs” were very similar – leadership, prioritization, and time management – and using these skills both at home and at work has been tremendously helpful. I’m also fortunate to have a supportive spouse and employer.

Dan: What advice would you give a woman starting out their career?
Start out strong! Your first job out of college can be a bit of a shock. It’s easy to show up and collect a paycheck, but paving the way for a successful career is hard work. Show up early. Stay late. Go the extra mile. Network with people inside and outside the company. Raise your hand. People will notice and it will pay off later.

Dan: What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?
I’m very proud of the work I am doing right now. I have been with Veredus/Hays for a long time and worked my way up to where I am today. I remember being asked, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” Well, I did it in 5 years and I’m already preparing myself for the next challenge!

Dan: How can women help other women in the workforce?
I mentioned earlier that I think it’s important to network and surround yourself with successful women. Not only do they inspire and empower me, but I’m constantly learning from them by observation and asking them questions. Join a local women’s organization and/or try to find a mentor within your company.

Courtney teaches us every day about what means to balance your personal and professional life and how to make an impact in people’s lives. I’m very proud to have her with our team for so long and looking forward to what she’ll achieve next.

Many thanks to all the women from Veredus and Hays who help us every day to grow and succeed.

Do you want to be part of a company that supports you? This is the place for you. Apply today!

Success tips from Jenni Scott, Senior Manager in our new C&P office in Chicago!

Posted on: March 8th, 2017

Jenni Scott started her career with Hays in 2006 in Australia and moved to Houston in 2013 to launch our Construction & Property team there. In her 11th anniversary with Hays, Jenni is opening our new Construction & Property office in Chicago.

Read more here about her successful career path with Hays.

Dan:  Can you describe your career with Hays so far?Jenni Scott

Jenni: I started my Hays career in 2006 recruiting in the Property sector throughout Queensland, Australia. A few years later, I had the opportunity to transfer with Hays to my hometown of Newcastle, Australia to take on a larger management role overseeing the Resources & Mining business. My biggest and most challenging move came in 2013 when I relocated to Houston to launch the Construction & Property specialism. I’ve had more than 10 years working for Hays and still find myself incredibly grateful to work with a company who truly empowers women in business and women in leadership roles.

Dan:  What has your biggest challenge been and what did you learn from it?

Jenni: The decision-making process leading up to my relocation to America was challenging. The challenge wasn’t necessarily making the decision because I knew that this experience was exactly what I had aspired to find. The challenge was mentally overcoming some of the objections and influences from friends, family, and colleagues who were fearful that I would lose more than I would gain from the opportunity. What I learned from this, was to trust my own intuition and follow my heart. Don’t let anyone ever tell you can’t do something. You can never be faulted for having a go, and regardless of the outcome, you’ll learn important lessons from the experience.

Dan: What advice would you give women starting out their career?

Jenni: Have belief in yourself and value the contribution and unique perspective you can offer. I think it’s important to give yourself a voice and to speak up about what you want. Don’t sit back and wait for opportunities to come to you, rather go out and get them. Negotiate your compensation and know you’re worth it. Surround yourself with strong, successful women by building yourself a network of colleagues and friends both within your organization and independently who can support you as a career mentor. I am lucky to have some successful women in my life who offer advice and support to me as needed to help me navigate my own career. But that said, don’t underestimate the lessons you will learn from your male colleagues or leadership. Males & females often bring a slightly different approach and to get the best results, it’s important to consider all perspectives.

Dan: What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?

Jenni: My biggest achievement in my career has also been one of my most challenging at the same time. Leaving Australia and moving my life overseas to Houston was a risk and a big unknown entity. It was a city I’d never visited, a startup office in a market I was unfamiliar with, and a place that is far away from friends and family. But as it turned out, it was a risk that has paid off and in more ways than one. The whole experience pushed me outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow and develop both professionally and personally.

Dan: How can women help other women in the workforce?OFF TO CABO

Jenni: Women are often their own worst enemies as we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves, both in our work and private lives. While it’s healthy to have some competition in the workplace, don’t let your competitiveness become personal. Be kind, compassionate, and support one another.

Jenni is an inspiration for many women in our business and she is key to our success in the Houston area. Thanks for your amazing work so far, and we’re looking forward to what you will achieve next in Chicago!

Do you want to build your career with Hays and support our growth in Chicago? Apply today!


Posted on: March 7th, 2017

DeniseTo celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, this week we’re going to feature 3 successful women in Veredus, a Hays company to talk about their career with us and the challenges and achievements they had during their journey.

Today, you’re going to hear more about Denise Jones, our Area Vice President responsible for the Raleigh and Richmond Offices.

Dan: Can you describe your career with Veredus, a Hays Company, so far?
Denise: For the last 13+ years, I have had the privilege of working with an amazing group of people in Tampa, Fl. (US headquarters) Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA offices. My career with Veredus/Hays has spanned across several different positions. My first role was an IT Recruiter which moved into an IT Account Manager position while in Tampa. Then, in March of 2009, I was promoted to Managing Director and opened the Raleigh, NC office. Recently I moved into an Area Vice President position, where I am responsible for the Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA offices. It has been an incredible experience and a worthwhile career.
I look forward to many more years!

Dan: What has your biggest challenge been and what did you learn from it?
Denise: My biggest career challenge to date has been opening the Raleigh, NC office during the great recession. I faced challenges of limited job openings in the area, no one knew who Veredus was at the time, and we were starting with nothing. The biggest factor was that there was a dream of something great.

Failure was not an option for me. I learned to believe in myself and develop the skills needed to be successful like perseverance, courage, strength, and tenacity. It was my biggest challenge, but also gave me more personal growth and reward than I had ever experienced.

Dan: What advice would you give women starting out their career?
Denise: Do what you love. Passion is the driving force for success. Balance is the key to overall happiness. Be fearless and believe in yourself. There is nothing you cannot accomplish.

Dan: What do you consider your biggest achievement so far?Raleigh Office
Denise: Seeing all my hard work flourish into an office that is on-track to be the 3rd largest in the U.S. I could not have done any of this without building a strong team. I developed 2 strong leaders that have an incredible passion and drive for this business. They share my vision and dream of something great.

Dan: How can women help other women in the workforce?
Denise: We have to support and mentor others. Show other women the way. Help them to find their passion.

It’s amazing to have such an example inside of a company that inspires her team and keeps helping us to grow since day one. Denise, thank you so much for all these years and hard work. We’re lucky to have you!