Sandi St. John

How many years have you been in tech?

Almost 25 years – Wow I feel old!

Tell me about your background. What were your early years like?

I’d say my first role in an IT related field was as a Systems Analyst.  I was responsible for implementing a process improvement system at Ford facilities throughout the US.  My next role was similar in that I was responsible for Broker Workstation upgrades for A.G. Edwards.  I then transitioned into a Business Analyst role working with Functional Users, Vendors and Programmers (yes they were called this back then) to implement process improvements to various systems.  My last BA role was as a contractor implementing a Common Operating Platform internationally for MetLife on their Automated Underwriting and Risk Analysis Software.

At the end of my contract, while I was in between positions, a friend talked me into doing some QA and User Documentation work.  I worked with programmers and Product Specialist to develop product functionality standards and create user guides for various products.

My second contract ended, and I got into IT Recruiting because the headhunter I was working with was not returning my calls.  I kindly called the company and said if they didn’t return my calls I was going to let another company present me for other opportunities.  I received a quick call back to find out my Recruiter was no longer with the company.  They asked me if I had any interest in Recruiting.  Once again, I was in between projects so why not give it a try.

I have been doing IT Recruiting since 2004.  I believed I had found my true calling.  I had worked with programmers before and knew the lingo so it was a very easy transition for me.  Recruiting contains so many components I am passionate about.  I love working with people and helping them find their next best opportunity and in my current role, hopefully their last!  I feel like my background as a consultant helps me to better understand someone’s needs.  My recruiting expertise is in the Information Technology space but I have experience recruiting for other business positions as well.

How were you exposed to tech?

Being in the right place at the right time.  I had received my Masters’ degree in Marketing but there were not many of those opportunities at that time.  I had made a few friends in the IT department where I was working and the Systems Analyst opportunity became available.  I had no prior professional experience in IT but . . . I did have an Associate’s degree in Data Processing/Programming.  WOW, I am really old now!

What is your current role?

I am a member of the Talent Acquisition Team at WWT Asynchrony Labs.   I mostly looks for software developers and engineers.  The hunt for these can really keep you busy.

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Tell us about a time that this applied to you. 

My recruiting friends on the staff aug side of the business tried to talk me out of becoming a corporate recruiter.  They said I would hate it, and that I would be bored because things move slowly in the corporate world.

I am happy that I did not take my friends’ advice on this decision.  I absolutely love working for Asynchrony and our own internal needs.  Things do not move slowly here.  I use agile practices in my day to day work life to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected nature of working in technology.  I am continually looking for the same type of developers but there is always something new to learn — from how to understand the space of a new tech stack to how to dig deeper explore the nuances of established languages.

What are you learning right now?

I am learning to become a Facilitator and learning how to better utilize social media in a professional environment. I am also actually assisting our parent company with some non-IT related openings we need to fill.

What was the last fear that you faced? How did you feel after you conquered it? 

Being asked to help with recruiting for positions outside of IT.  I found that once I started to dig in and understand the role, I could accomplish anything I put my mind to.

What advice do you wish someone had given to you? What advice would you give to others starting out? 

It’s okay to be passionate about what you do but try to keep a work and personal life balance.  Give 110% but not 200% or 300% because keeping a sustainable pace will be better in the long run.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy working out with my jazzercise and breakout fitness buddies.  I also enjoy riding our harley and the beautiful views of nature.

What was your first job like?

I started my first job when I was 15 and still in high school. Once I graduated, I had worked my way up to a Shift Manager role.  I really enjoyed interacting with so many different people.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Getting my Master’s Degree

What are you currently struggling with?

Public Speaking

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