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Stephanie Roberts chose a career in recruiting after being inspired by her mother to help people. Find out how she started her business, how she manages a work-life balance and what common misconceptions people have about her industry.

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Watching her mother work as a human resources director, Stephanie Roberts knew she wanted to do something similar and help people. That led her to a career in recruiting.

Today, Stephanie is CEO and Lead Recruiter for Humans Being Resources. She specializes in recruiting within the financial industry and has worked with various financial firms for more than 6 years.

Humans Being Resources is a Recruiting and Hiring Agency that focuses on helping businesses locate, source, screen, test and hire quality candidates.

“I get satisfaction when I see a client happy and an employee that we just landed and the excitement that maybe I just got them their dream job,” Stephanie said.

On today’s episode of the Small Business, Big Deal podcast, Stephanie tells us how she started her business, how she manages a work-life balance and what common misconceptions people have about her industry.

One thing people often get wrong is thinking that her business is a staffing agency. She doesn’t do temp to hire. Instead, she helps companies hire professional-level positions. Another misconception is fees.

“A lot of firms will charge a percentage of salary. And we focus more on packages. So, you purchase a process with us,” she said.

Most recruiting firms charge a placement fee equal to 20%-25% of a new hire’s first year’s salary. In contrast, her company’s flat-fee, three-tiered recruiting packages average less than half of those typical fees.

For Stephanie, a work-life balance is very important in her career. She and her husband run the business and make sure they travel and disconnect from work every so often. Unplugging from work actually helps them grow, she said.

“I put a lot of focus on reading. I do read a lot of different business building books and listen to different podcasts,” said Stephanie. “I make sure to set time aside to get myself inspired.”

During our interview, Stephanie also shares:

  • How social media has helped her business
  • Why she has turned down some clients
  • The best investment she’s made
  • What candidates can do to be more visible
  • Advice for young people

Listen to the full interview above and utilize the timestamps below to jump to a specific topic, including bonus content at the end of the podcast. Thanks for listening!

[1:13] – What led her to this profession

[2:48] – What do people think about recruiting office?

[4:41]  – Work-life balance as a leader

[7:37] – When to bring on the first team member

[12:56] – What technology platforms she uses

[15:12] – Is being a virtual business a benefit?

[15:50] – How clients are handling recruiting

[17:04] – New habit that’s improved life

[17:58] – Failures that set her up for success

[20:07] – How she decides what’s next

[20:35] – Has she ever turned down referrals?

[22:58] – Best investment

[23:44] – Bad recommendations

[26:13] – What candidates can do to be more visible

[27:19] – Things candidates should not do

[29:23] – What she wishes she knew earlier

[30:49] – How to contact Stephanie

[33:01] – Bonus content

 

Quotable Moment:

“I put a lot of focus on reading. I do read a lot of different business building books and listen to different podcasts. I really make sure to set time aside to get myself inspired.

-Stephanie Roberts

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