Taylor was hired at TIPS Personnel exactly a year ago as of last week. She started as a Junior Recruiter, learning the basic process of our screening and application process, before quickly working her way up to Senior Recruiter and Marketing Director of TIPS Personnel.
She assists Joelene Preshyon, TIPS Personnel’s Edmonton Branch Manager, in daily office tasks as well as assists the head office location in providing an online presence. She is currently in school going for her degree in Marketing, and intends to return to school following her Marketing degree to pursue her passion in counselling. Since starting at TIPS she has vocalized passion in assisting youth and young adults at risk with substance abuse/addictions. She hopes that continuing education will help her become a more rounded presence for TIPS Personnel, and for the crew.
We asked Taylor a few questions, hoping to get to know her a little more!
What is your name, and position at TIPS? How long have you been with TIPS?
My name is Taylor, and I am the Marketing Director for TIPS Personnel as well as a Recruiter at the Edmonton branch. I am officially celebrating my first year completed with TIPS Personnel.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Man, I have a hard time narrowing down one. I love the people I work with, and I do not mean just the TIPS team but our crew members and clientele as well. I enjoy learning a little bit about each and every person and hearing their personal stories. I get to walk into the office every day and work with one of my now closest friends, I get to work nation wide with some of the most creative, inspiring, and motivating management teams in the industry, and I get to do what I love while connecting with all walks of life. It’s the people for me for sure. The internal team of TIPS is a family, we are close and supportive. But also the crew members, because being given the opportunity to learn and know each individual beyond a name or position is so important to me. I feel lucky to have established the friendships that I have behind and over the counter, and I can honestly say I do love coming to work every day.
What do you find is the hardest part of your job?
I think the hardest part is also intermingled with my favourite part. I get to learn about so many different people, and sometimes in this line of work it’s hard to see them fall. We have students come in, retired individuals looking to keep busy, individuals who are just in the slow season of their full time job and need some supplementary income, but also people who cannot find full time work. Some people are homeless, some are addicts, some are convicts looking for a new start with strict probationary expectations. I find it hard to establish a close working relationship with someone only to see them fall short, disappear, or relapse. We had a crew member who was an alcoholic. He came in one afternoon saying he had been sober for seven days. This was an individual who had been on and off with TIPS for quite sometime and it all varied on his sobriety. He was and still is a phenomenal worker when he is able to wake up for his shift, and this is someone I would say I had established a more interpersonal work relationship with. He felt comfortable enough to tell me his life story, what he was going through, and what was going on at home. He said he was sober for his daughter, because he liked waking up and taking her to school. We chatted more about sobriety and AA before he went on his way and said he would be in for some work tomorrow. I didn’t see him until a month later when he came in smelling like a liquor cabinet with disappointment thrown all over his face. He had relapsed. He was trying to get back on the straight and narrow. I felt for him. And to be quite honest I have not seen him since. It really breaks my heart to see individuals with potential fall short of what they deserve, and lots of times it’s because they don’t have the support needed to succeed. I appreciate that TIPS can be that support for people who have nothing else.
What do you hope to accomplish with TIPS?
Oh God, what a loaded question. I hope to help as many people as possible. I hope to be a soundboard for crew members having a bad day. I aim to be an asset to companies who order. I plan on proving to more companies why TIPS is a necessity, in more than just temporary or casual fill ins. However most importantly I want to make a career for myself here. I want to continue doing this work, and helping TIPS grow to the company I desperately believe it can be. My heart is devoted to seeing us change the face of the staffing industry, a quote I learned about in my first trip to Ontario and a quote I have manifested around since. I hope to make a difference for the company, and for every face who plays a roll in it (internal team, clientele, and crew).
What do you do on your spare time?
Mylo is my ride or die for sure! Find my American Staffy & I on one of the many hiking trails around Alberta and BC, or nestled in bed binging on our Netflix favourites.
What do you bring to the table that is unique to the TIPS team?
I think my ambitiously creative and personable traits serve a roll for the team. I am a goal chaser and love taking on challenges, and find passion in helping people and making them feel important. I think both these traits allow me to not only spark new ideas on the marketing front, but also have follow through and allow me to showcase TIPS in our truest form.
Stay tuned for our next crew member release, Kate Belcastro, our National Manager of Operations!