Meet Ric Flores, an Engineering Recruiter in our Calabasas, California office. Ric has been on staff with JSG for three years and has been working with us for even longer! He is great at establishing relationships with candidates and finding the talent our clients need. Keep reading for more information about Ric and his career with JSG!
You have been a Recruiter with JSG for over three years. What does that entail?
My role in the office is to find candidates. I work towards getting an accurate job description and a thorough understanding of the company from our sales staff. From that point, we use the tools we’re equipped with to find qualified candidates. I like to review the job description and have conversations with sales to really understand what the client is looking for.
I want to ensure the candidate is as prepared as possible. Once we’re partnering with a candidate, it’s important for me to establish a personal connection with them as well. Many of our candidates are interviewing with multiple companies, so it’s essential to make them comfortable with me and let them know that I’m on their side. They know that they can be completely open and honest with me! I will put my own professional spin on everything, and they can talk straight with me. So part of what I do is play “agent” as well on behalf of the candidate to land the position they want.
Tell us a little bit more about your background in staffing.
Earlier in my career, I was in manufacturing as a Floor Supervisor. The company had a lot of staff conflicts and really needed a soundboard for their employees. Eventually, the Vice President asked if I would want to get more involved in a staffing role. I established relationships with the different recruiting firms we worked with, and JSG stood out. They were the most professional, provided the best detail, the best match of what we were looking for, etc. I really loved working with Cathy Kennedy. After relocating, I reached out to Cathy; JSG was hiring for a recruiter, and the rest is history!
What do you like most about working in the staffing industry?
As a recruiter, connecting with people one-on-one is one of my strong points. I want to gauge exactly what they are looking for right off the bat, and then continue to keep that conversation going and grow that relationship.
One of the things I like most about working in the staffing industry is the ability to talk to people about their jobs. Getting to understand everything from Data Collection programs to Manufacturing qualifications allows me to grow connections across all different industries and experience levels. This job really embodies the saying “jack of all trades, master of none.” I learn something new every day!
What do you think makes Johnson Service Group unique?
Freedom and trust are what make JSG unique. We have a great team and work structure with a lot of wiggle room in between. We’re able to work on different positions, utilize different strategies, and put ourselves out there to try new things. The open communication between the leadership and staff is really empowering, from our local team all the way to the corporate office. The fact that we have the freedom and trust to do things “our way” is very nice.
What do you like to do in your free time?
We have 5.5-year-old twins and a three-year-old, so we stay pretty busy! My weekends are ballet lessons and art museums. Even with three girls, we do everything together – stuff they like to do, stuff I want to do, etc. Their joy is something that I am naturally into. I’m also really into sports; I enjoy shooting hoops at the park or going to the local boxing gym when I get the chance.