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Today, we chatted with Uriah Pamintuan, who recently landed a job at Phase One Consulting Group. She has a knack for recruiting, which is why (with a little help from The Muse) she was able to find the perfect role for her skill set.
Tell us about yourself! Give us your elevator speech!
I’m a technical recruiter at Phase One Consulting Group in Alexandria, VA. For the past few years I’ve built my personal network for cyber security in the DC metropolitan area for both the commercial and the federal space. Since working at Phase One, I’ve built out their Salesforce team, which I’ve enjoyed tremendously.
I knew I wanted to impact and grow an organization in college when I founded the Philippine American Coalition at American University. By building that, I sensed recruiting would be a niche skillset for myself.
Before work, you can catch me at Orange Theory Fitness. After work, I love to cuddle with my Chow Chow.
What’s a typical day like for a technical recruiter?
On a day-to-to-day basis, I attend staffing meetings with executives and hiring managers to discuss what our most pressing requirements are and how we prioritize them. Then, with my network and our resources, I look for the ideal candidate.
There’s a common misconception that recruiting falls directly under HR responsibilities, but sales is at the core of recruiting. My job is very consultative to both hiring managers and candidates, so I’m constantly selling not only who we are as a company but why a candidate would be the right fit for our hiring manager’s team. When I find that all-star candidate, it’s my responsibility to tell them what Phase One can do for them. Then, I tell hiring managers what that candidate can bring to our company.
What were you doing before you landed this job?
I was a lead recruiter at a staffing agency specializing in cyber security in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
What were you looking for in a job?
When you work at a staffing company, you’re representing many companies. I wanted to help directly impact a company by hiring strong individuals that represented the company’s overarching mission. It’s an amazing feeling to see employees that you’ve hired walk around the office and be successful in their field.
Learn More About Working at Phase One
What’s something most people would find surprising about working at Phase One?
It may be surprising to people that we have an open door policy—despite our size, we still aim to maintain a certain level of intimacy within our teams. Our leadership has been in this line of work for 20 years, but they’re still receptive to new ideas and feedback from everyone. Everyone treats each other with respect. People are understanding and transparent when it comes to making important decisions. When you come to Phase One, you have a voice.
It may also be surprising that we are an established company, but still have that “start-up feel.” We still have the ability to build out initiatives and truly make a difference along the way. The growth potential is tremendous and you aren’t just a number.
What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?
We’ve recently implemented a cultural initiative called ‘PhaseFun’. We’re aiming to bring employees together and create a fun working environment. Many Phase One consultants are on client sites up to four days a week, therefore, they don’t have the opportunity to interact with different teams or operations employees at headquarters. Our goal is to get people talking to one another, and putting names to faces. In the past few weeks we have added calendars and a chalkboard at our headquarters listing birthdays and new hires. We also outlined client visits for the next six months where our recruiting team will meet consultants onsite with food, drinks, and games. All the while, we’re sharing action shots across our social profiles (look up #PhaseFun to learn more!).
We want employees to build a career within Phase One, develop lasting relationships with their peers, and have fun while doing it.
Is there anything from The Muse that helped you out in your job hunt?
I loved how the Muse allowed Phase One to connect with applicants on a personal level with the company profiles, the videos of executives and team members, and pictures of the office space. It provides a glimpse of the work life that most people don’t see in interviews.
I also enjoyed the articles about answering interview questions, salary negotiations, and networking tips. I check The Muse periodically to see how I can further develop myself—even if I’m not currently in the specific situation. There are times that you want to ask these questions, but you may not feel comfortable or have anyone to talk to, which is the Muse is such a helpful resource.
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