Career Advice from Talent Acquisition Leader

Amy Richman
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition

Amy Richman shares her insight and advice on several key job search topics.  Her extensive career in HR and Talent Acquisition brings a wealth of knowledge. Amy joined Pitney Bowes in May 2017 as the Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition.  Her focus is driving business impact, one hire at a time with emphasis on Talent Acquisition contributing to client success, driving results collaboratively, focusing on quality throughout and innovating continuously.  Prior to Pitney Bowes, Amy served as Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at Gartner, Inc., where she held several recruitment leadership roles in her nearly 6-year tenure with the organization.  Amy has also held Human Resources positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Prudential Securities and Price Waterhouse LLP.

What advice would you give someone approaching a career change?
Networking is a toolkit element that should be leveraged when approaching a career change. Don’t wait to start networking when you need it. Make it a part of your day, every day. Social media makes this very easy to do.

What are the most important questions a candidate can ask in an interview to set themselves apart from the competition?
Understanding the culture and how the culture fits your own personal needs. Asking generally, tell me about the culture, may not get you what you need. Use a combination of open questions, observation of the office dynamics, etc.

What cover letter or resume editing suggestions do you find you give most often?
Proofreading yourself isn’t enough. Share your letters and resume with someone you trust for honest feedback and revision opportunities.

What advice would you give a recent college graduate starting their job search?
Network, network, network. When you request someone’s time for networking, be prepared, be on time and send a thank you. Your network is your gateway to a great job.

Explain the importance of highlighting applicable and transferable skills when approaching a stretch position; new career/position; internship or first position after college
Very important to assess the skills you possess that can be applicable across functions, roles, etc. More important, however, are transferable behaviors and core competencies.

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