Welcome back to our “Day in the Life” series, where we pull back the curtain to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the teams that make up HealthJoy.
For our second installment, we met with our Talent Acquisition team to learn about their approach to hiring and attracting top talent to departments across the company. Our Talent Acquisition Team is the front door of HealthJoy. Everyone who enters the company, meets with this team, which makes their role critical to our success.
Here’s Emily Ellis, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Selection, and Chelsey Powell, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, on their day-to-day at HealthJoy.
What does an average day on the Talent Acquisition Team look like for you?
My days can vary quite a bit, especially if I have a lot of phone interviews, but here’s the closest thing to a regular day in my world.
I like to start my day by getting through some tasks, which usually includes:
Reviewing my emails
Cleaning out my inbox
Opening LinkedIn to add connection requests
Check out news and recruiting trends
Read my In-Mail messages
From there, I usually either go on to phone screenings or reviewing applications HealthJoy received the day prior. Then I send out updates to candidates to let them know what their next steps are in the process.
Then, I review any candidate updates from hiring managers and reach out to schedule follow up interviews, or get availability from candidates.
The rest of my morning usually is a split between phone screens or candidate sourcing. I like to block 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. to create projects in LinkedIn Recruiter and spend time finding great candidates for our open roles.
I love using LinkedIn Recruiter because it gives you the ability to create specialized searches based on industry, location, skillset, and years of experience.
I really like to get active in the middle of the day, whether that means going outside for a walk or hopping on the treadmill for a bit. I appreciate that we’re encouraged to take advantage of our lunch break here and block off time for ourselves. That hour away clears my mind and re-energizes me when I come back for the afternoon.
I like to go through all my jobs in our database, Greenhouse, and make sure that all of the interview stages are up to date and that all candidates have been updated.
Following this, I typically do a second review of scheduling updates by getting availability or scheduling candidates for future interviews. I work on a variety of functions and hire for several departments, so this can take some time.
I usually have more calls later in the afternoon. But if it's a more open day, I do another one or two hour block of sourcing. I like to get my projects full of candidates throughout the day, and once I have added a healthy amount of candidates, I send out LinkedIn In-Mail messages to the people in the projects. I’ll mark a reminder on my calendar to follow up with those candidates after 5 days if I don't hear back.
End of the day
I check my emails to make sure that I haven't missed anything important. I’ll also see if there are any other candidates that I need to follow up with. I also go back to LinkedIn to review new messages and accept new requests. To end my day, I like to write a few notes on what to follow up with the next morning.
Emily Ellis, Manager, Talent Acquisition AND SELECTION
I always start my day with a workout in my garage.
I drive my 9th-grade daughter to high school and then my 7th-grade twin daughters to middle school.
Call my mom to chat for 10-15 minutes.
Shower and get ready for my day. Then I grab a cup of coffee, which gets my day on the right track before I turn on my computer.
Since we are a global company working across many different time zones, and I'm on the East Coast, I typically get an early start ahead of my Central Time Zone team members. This gives me uninterrupted time to read and respond to emails, prioritize my day, and start connecting with our overseas team members who have already worked half of their day.
My Chicago-based team members are all online and we’re collaborating via Slack to tie up any loose ends from the day before or prepare for the day ahead.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
These are the golden hours when most of our global time zones overlap. Many of our global team meetings take place during this time.
My afternoons are a bit more malleable. I generally push a lot of my meetings with US team members, including our HR leadership meetings, to the afternoons in order to keep my mornings open for our overseas team members.
We also have several West Coast team members, and the afternoons are a great time for any meetings or Slack updates with them. This is also my time to focus on my strategic project work and administrative tasks.
I always make time to step away for 30 minutes for lunch, let my dogs out, and check in for some quick convo with my husband, who also works from home. My day usually wraps up around 5:30 PM and I walk away from my desk to start family time, while staying accessible via Slack on my phone until 6:30 PM in case my Central Time Zone team members need anything.
What does a typical day after work look like for you?
Typically if I want to stay in, I like to watch a good true crime show or read a good thriller. If I want to go out, I love to try new restaurants or a good deal happy hour around Chicago! We work remotely, so sometimes I like to just have a full day inside or get a break to explore my city.
After work is my family time. My three kids rotate helping me cook dinner while we chat about our days and share the highlights and lowlights. We continue those conversations as a family while we eat dinner.
Then it's time for cleanup and kids' homework. My husband and I will usually go out for a three or four mile walk, which is a great opportunity for us to catch up with each other. Sometimes, a few of our kids will join us if they don't have any homework to do. After our walk we usually have some family TV time and watch shows like The Amazing Race and Survivor.
What makes HealthJoy's People Team, and its culture, different from other places you've worked or different places in the industry?
I truly believe that HealthJoy cares about its employees from the ground up. Starting with hiring, we absolutely look for people who share our values and want to be a part of a great experience. Our leadership is accountable and has a real desire to make HealthJoy a great place to work.
The balance and support. We have a great team culture where we can be truly authentic. This makes it easy to keep the balance between work and home, but also makes it a comfortable and enjoyable place to work. We all work closely together and support each other wherever needed. It's a team that works hard but also knows how to have fun and build solid connections that transcend the workplace.
Emily and Chelsey’s next conversations could be with you!
Thanks again to Emily and Chelsey for giving us a sneak peek into the Talent Acquisition Team. We’re currently hiring for a number of roles, including Regional Sales Executives and several engineering roles, so be sure to check out our careers page if you’re interested.