Meet Phillip, one of Talroo's talented client strategists. In his role, he partners with clients to build and grow relationships, while advising them how to effectively advertise their jobs and strategically meet shared goals. Keep reading to learn more about Phillip (from the serious to the fun!) and to snag his Spotify playlist at the end.
What is your background and how did it bring you to Talroo?
Before Talroo, I worked for a family-run business of 40 years back in Ohio (where I'm from), and worked in multiple HR and recruiting jobs. I became very involved and connected within the HR community via Twitter and networking. While living in Austin and becoming more involved in the tech atmosphere, I set my sights on working at an HR tech company. I found Talroo via an open house event advertised on Twitter. I went to the event and the rest is history.
Who inspires you?
This answer could easily take 10 or more pages. But in short—my parents, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr., and great authors and entrepreneurs like Brené Brown, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferris, Seth Godin, and Tony Robbins. Honestly, this list could go on and on.
What do you most want to accomplish as a Client Strategist at Talroo?
As a Client Strategist, the number one thing I want to accomplish is to be a member of the best client services team in all of talent acquisition. Leveling up our team to best serve our clients and set a new standard in the industry is what we are working towards.
What is one helpful piece of advice someone has given you about your own career?
You are 100% responsible for everything. This includes the choices you make that are in your control, and how you respond to things that are outside of your control. We now live in a time where we can truly choose our own path and it is our duty to honor ourselves (in the face of adversity and rejection) and lean into our curiosities.
What do you think is the most important piece of information for hiring managers/recruiters to know right now?
This is simple: listen. Also, your clunky ATS is slowing your entire hiring funnel down and creating more costs than solutions.
What do you think is the most important piece of information for job candidates to know right now?
You are not your resume. So many people worry about if they went to the “right”school,took too much time off to care for a family member, applied their skills in a non-traditional way, or took a risk that didn’t work out. We all have interesting stories to tell and lessons we have learned along the way. These stories are often filled with adversity and people who overcame challenges through grit, determination, and creativity. Tell the stories of how you have been tested and had to create a better result for yourself. These stories reveal your strengths, character, and attitude. An 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper doesn’t fully represent you. You are more than a series of job titles, dates, and bullet points. Own your story, and find the organization that will value it.
What is your favorite drink in the Talroo fridge? Snack?
The nitro Chameleon Cold-brew coffee we have on tap, and Cheez-it crackers.
Do you have a personal mission statement?
I don't have a personal mission statement, but I do have a "why," which is from Simon Sinek's book, Start with Why. My personal why is to inspire others through personal growth, and nurture their potential. Personally, I am motivated by both growth and contribution.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Yellow (it's my favorite color).
What are you most passionate about in talent acquisition?
I'm passionate about creatingefficienciesin sourcing and hiring talent. Thisinvolvesmatching the right candidate to the right opportunities.Then creating a win-win-win scenario for all parties involved.
What’s the last book you read?
Typically, I read 2-3 books every month. Right now, I’m readingthree books which include:
How would you like to see the TA industry change/improve?
I'd love to see companies move away from clunky applicant tracking systems with outdated UI and towards data-driven metrics. As the TA industry becomes increasingly data driven, we have an opportunity to reveal what works and what doesn't. Then, by working together to create a solution to these problems, we can take what is a headache in the job search and talent acquisition process, and turn it into a sophisticated industry.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
I would write two books: My Own Worst Enemy: An Autobiography How I’m Turing Into My Parent Everyday: An Autobiography (this one would be a horror novel)
What recent developments in talent a excite you?
Programmatic advertising. These data-driven metrics allow us and our clients to see job advertising unlike ever before! This benefits everyone and really shows how we keep pushing the industry to be better.
Who/what would be your spirit animal?
Spirit Animal: Eagle Spirit Person: Marie Forleo (entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist)
What do you like best about working at Talroo?
The best thing about Talroo is easily the people. I love people I work with. Not to sound too cheesy, but my coworkers inspire me to do the best job possible, while challenging me to be an even better Client Strategist. Working with people who are at the top of their game excites me everyday. Plus, everyone is hilarious and we geek out over the same things.
What would be your perfect Saturday?
Waking up in the morning, making a delicious cup of french press coffee,and spendingtimewith my dog, Daphne. Then, I'd head to my Crossfit gym for an intense but exhilarating workout. After that, I'll go to brunch at one of the amazing restaurants in Austin. And then grinding some work out for my career coaching business.
After getting work done, I like to head out and do something active like hiking at Perdernales Falls, swimming at Barton Springs, or going somewhere completely new. Next, I like to relax and watch a movie at Alamo Drafthouse. And finally, I can usually be found hanging out with some friends where we end the night either checking out live music, stopping by a local brewery, or dining at a new restaurant. At the end of the day, I rest my head down in victory of everything I did that day. My Saturdays are very active!