Meet the Staff: Mike Gutierrez

In today’s Meet the Staff feature we meet The Job Shop’s newest recruiting associate, Mike Gutierrez! Mike has been with The Job Shop for for about 8 months now, and has brought us his vision and passion to help people find their dream jobs!

Q: Who are you, and how long have you been at the Job Shop?
A: My Name is Michael Gutierrez, originally from Sacramento. Graduated from SF State in Economics, and have now been a recruiter at The Job Shop for the past 8 months.

Q: What do you do at the Job Shop?

A: I do recruiting for both candidates and clients in the Bay Area. Whether a candidate needs help finding a job, or a client needs a candidate to hire, I help with the matching process.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job? What is the most rewarding aspect of it?

A: There are many aspects to the job that attract me to recruiting. Learning about other businesses, and what they need to sustain themselves efficiently through employment. And learning about what a candidate wants to do, from the various different backgrounds and transitions. Being able to identify and help both sides is both a learning and rewarding experience.

Q: What are some common mistakes candidates make?

A: There can be many mistakes that can make or break a candidate during interviews.

  • The importance of dressing professionally for an interview should be taken seriously. Appearance can convey a number of things ranging from preparedness, to professionalism.
  • Being too comfortable and thinking you got the job is another. Keep it professional from the beginning to the end.
  • Being on time. Prepare for transportation and locations. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to begin your job or your interview. Being on time is a great first impression.

Q: What do you think makes for an ideal candidate?

A: There are many qualities that make a great candidate.

Some traits that I find that can transition in mostly any work environment are:

  • Communication
  • Drive
  • Can be coachable/ take feedback
  • Work well with a team, but can be self accountable and get things done by themselves as well.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to people looking to work with The Job Shop, what would it be?

A: If you want to be proactive in your job search or candidate search, a business that has been around for 21 years is a great resource for both guidance, and of course finding results.

Q: What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies and interests?

A: Transitioning into my 30’s, it’s leisure hobbies. Hitting the gym is good meditation for me. Hiking around Ocean Beach is a fav of mine. And grabbing a good beverage or food with friends in the city. I love basketball, and occasionally catch a giants game when family or friends come in town.

Q: Do you have any interesting/funny anecdotes about your time at The Job Shop?

A: It’s never a dull moment at The Job Shop. Most recently I spilled a gift bag of Jelly Bean in the lobby floor of a client. That broke the Ice, or “jelly bean” once I met the client. It’s a fun and genuine environment, and the culture here reflex our relationships with our clients and candidates.

Q: Outside of work, what are you passionate about?

A: Helping out others, being positive, and finding a balance in life mentally and physically.

Q: What is one thing about you that might surprise people?

A: I’m Mexican. Lol!

Q: Anything else you’d like people to know?

A: I do Recruiting, spread the word!

 

Have a question for Mike, or anyone else on the staff? Leave it in the comments!

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