You know Dena Alexander as our Branch Manager for The Lee Group’s Newport News office and that she’s passionate about taking a hands-on approach to leading companies and workers to finding each other and helping businesses and lives grow. But did you know what her first job was? Or the best job advice she ever received?
We sat down with Dena and got the skinny from her. Enjoy!
What was your first job?
Lifeguard! I was a swimmer so this being my first job seemed like a no-brainer.
What is the best job advice you ever gave?
Don’t aim for perfection, make sure to control what you can control.
What motivated you to go into the staffing field?
After I got out of college I was offered an opportunity in the staffing industry. I had no idea what staffing was or what I was getting myself into. Recruiting and staffing wasn’t something that was taught in school. But I found this industry to be my passion – changing lives and being subject matter experts. It’s very rewarding.
What are the biggest challenges out there for people searching for jobs today?
Awareness of the market – not knowing what companies are out there hiring for an opportunity this person may be a perfect fit for. Many companies lack branding which is extremely important in building a successful business and hiring that right talent.
What are the biggest challenges out there for companies looking to hire great team members today?
Unemployment rates. Companies need to remember that unemployment is at its lowest and it is harder to engage talented professionals for new opportunities.
What trends do you see in today’s job search and hiring world?
Employees today want a true culture and company fit, it’s a genuine interest in working for a company versus how much money they offer.
So…when you aren’t helping companies find qualified people or helping people find good jobs, what do you do for fun?
Anything outdoors – I love being with my close family and friends and just enjoying life! It’s a precious detail I do not take for granted.
What book do you most often give people as a gift or recommend?
I always tell people to read the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. This is my go-to book as a reminder on how to have effective professional (and personal) relationships.