Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hello everyone! I am Sarah and I am from Cincinnati, OH. I currently work as a Talent Acquisitions Partner with Integrity Express Logistics here in Cincinnati. My job is to find top notch sales and coordinator talent for our offices in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Denver, CO. I am also a part time real estate investor and working towards my real estate license in Ohio.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I love Ellevate because I love connecting with positive women! The logistics industry is still very much male dominated, and can be a very masculine work environment. I enjoy getting to know passionate, amazing women from all over the United states and making new friends! I also learn so much from the speakers and presenters and the other women at the round tables.
How would you define your professional mission?
My professional mission is to help others first. Whether it is helping a candidate find the perfect role in the company or a home buyer find their dream house, I know that when you help others first and work with a servant heart everyone wins.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Working in logistics sales can be extremely lucrative, and it has very low barriers to entry. That being said, grit and determination will take you farther than anything else. Not being afraid to pick up the phone, make the call and ask for the sale will put you above 99% percent of people in the world!
What are some career challenges on your radar?
Ask anyone in recruiting or talent acquisitions what they are struggling with right now and they will more than likely say finding good people. Right now there seems to be a lot more jobs than qualified talent in the offices I recruit for. My biggest struggle is just meeting people who are open to having conversations about the logistics industry and Integrity Express in particular.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I have been in the logistics industry for about 8 years now in various roles. I started in 2013 for a company called Total Quality Logistics, headquartered here in Cincinnati, OH as a Logistics Account Executive. I then transitioned into a Senior Logistics Coordinator role, which I found suited me much better, as I got to use my strong sales and organizational skills.
At TQL, I consistently ranked in the top 10$ company wide in terms of revenue and load coverage. Eventually I started to get burned out and moves onto another logistics company in an administrative role. I learned a lot, and truly enjoyed working with veterans, but felt I wasn't utilizing my skills in the best way possible.
Here at Integrity Express I feel like I have finally found the perfect role for me in an industry I truly love. I enjoy meeting lots of new people and helping people find work they like and are good at.
What is your morning ritual?
My morning ritual is actually pretty simple. I try to make as many preparations the night before, including packing my lunch, showering and picking out my outfit, down to shoes and accessories before I go to sleep. My least favorite feeling in the world is feeling rushed or like I am going to be late for something. It gives me bad anxiety! I usually wake up between 4:30 and 5 am when my husband gets up so we can spend a few minutes together before he leaves for work. Once he leaves, I have a few apps I use to journal, update my vision board and practice gratitude and mindfulness. After I get out of bed I bush my teeth, wash my face and put on tinted moisturizer. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but love tinted moisturizer! Once I am good and awake, I answer emails and social media inquiries until around 6:15. I then grab my three crazy dogs and go for a 2.5 mile walk around the neighborhood. While we are walking I usually listen to an audiobook or motivational video to get me ready for the day mentally. By the time we get back, I grab my stuff, throw on some mascara and head to work for the day.
What is your favorite social media site? Why?
I love LinkedIn. I like connecting with my peers and learn a lot about my industry from others in the same field. I also enjoy learning about what is going on in former coworkers' and customers' lives as well.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
Just go for it! Be strong, ask for what you want and deserve, and don't let anyone tell you that you don't belong at the table.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
The best career advice I ever received was from when I worked as a supervisor for Homeland Security, right after 9/11. I was having a rough day and had snapped one of the people under my supervision for failing to do something correctly. My supervisor sat me down and told me "common sense is just not common" He then explained that what was obvious to me might be completely foreign to someone working under me. They had not been exposed to the same training and experience as I had, and advised me to try and assume that everyone I worked with was brand new to the job. It sounds simple in hindsight, but at the time it really did help me to cultivate patience and understanding and I am 100% sure it made me a better supervisor.
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Talent Acquisitions specialist
Integrity Express Logistics
The only thing I'm more passionate about than dogs Is helping people. Which is why I absolutely love my position as a talent acquisitions specialist at integrity express logistics. There's nothing better than finding the perfect person and watching them grow in grow into a roll and grow into themselves. I am also a real estate investor and love old homes! Continue Reading
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