Liana Presti is a Recruiter at JSG’s Charleston, SC office. She’s been with JSG for six months now and specializes in direct hire placements. We had the opportunity to sit down with her and get to know here a little better. Here’s what she had to say.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m originally from the Tampa, Florida area and moved to Tennessee for college, where I attended East Tennessee State University. I graduated in 2016 and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After I graduated, I started working for the Pasco County Sheriff office and was working as a Child Protective Specialist. After a little over a year, I relocated to Charleston. Miranda Jones reached out to me on LinkedIn about joining the Charleston team as a recruiter. I was on the fence about the position, but after talking to one of my close friends back home who transitioned from child services to recruiting, I decided to accept the position. I have now been a recruiter for direct hire roles for about six months.
This is your first recruiting role. How are you enjoying it so far? What are the biggest challenges of a young recruiter in this tight labor market?
I really enjoy my co-workers at JSG. We have a great team in Charleston and we’re really close with each other. I enjoy talking to different people every day and meeting some really interesting people. Probably the most difficult part about recruiting is the tight market we’re experiencing. At times, it can be difficult to find qualified candidates, and the candidates we do find are sometimes entertaining multiple job opportunities and have several interviews lined up. Employers must move quickly to ensure they are not missing out on great candidates!
How has your role as a Child Protective Specialist helped with your transition into the Staffing industry?
Honing my communication skills as a Child Protective Specialist has definitely helped me with my new role as a recruiter. I had to interview people frequently which has helped me develop a good judge of character and be able to see if a candidate is a good fit for a role or not. However, my job at JSG is definitely less emotional than working for the Sheriffs Office. There can be a lot of high and lows in the staffing world, but my role in child protective services has helped me brush off the lows and move onto the next role.
What type of roles do you specialize in?
Overall, my favorite roles to recruit on are engineering positions, specifically continuous improvement and management roles. These candidates are really interesting and super fascinating to talk to. At JSG, I have had the opportunity to recruit on many different roles in various industries, which has helped me develop a solid background in a bunch of different markets.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my dog. Recently, I have been getting into yoga with Taylor Graves, one of my co-workers in Charleston.