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Rising Stars: Meet Samone Thompson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samone Thompson.

Hi Samone, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
In the Summer of 2016, I came up with the idea of Employment Talk. I had been working at a staffing agency as an entry-level Recruiter and was still pursuing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management. After switching my major three times, I finally felt like I had found my calling in Human Resources. Initially, I envisioned Employment Talk servicing individuals with limited education, low income, and inconsistent jobs. I wanted to help these individuals through resume building, interview preparation, and job search assistance. From 2016 to 2020, this was just a dream. In 2020, I finally mustered up the courage to launch my business. This confidence didn’t come easy, though.

I had been tested and tried in the years prior. In 2019, I was a Recruiter for a different staffing agency. I spent a lot of time sourcing and building candidates’ resumes to present them to several clients I supported. Whenever I completed a candidate’s resume, I would send them a copy to ensure that I accurately represented their previous job duties and the current knowledge, skills, and abilities they had to offer. While working at this staffing agency, I revised many resumes for candidates in several industries: healthcare, banking, technology, finance, logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, agriculture, etc. To my surprise, the vast majority of candidates I worked with, no matter their industry, would be shocked at how great their resumes looked. They would compliment my writing skills, the structure and flow of their resume, and the information I chose to include. That’s when I knew I had above-average resume writing skills. In 2020, like so many other people, I was laid off from my job. I was shocked, hurt, and confused. I was also expecting my first child. My husband and I quickly rearranged our home budget, adjusted to the effects of the pandemic and economy, and decided to be stay-at-home moms. Later in 2020, that strong desire to serve people through human resource management and resume building was still there. I decided to go through my old business plan and start revamping my dream. On August 26, 2020, I finally launched Employment Talk and served close to 150 clients through resume building, cover letter creation, career advising, interview preparation, and career search assistance. My business has seen the success that I couldn’t have even fathomed. I have heard many success stories with my clients on receiving their dream jobs and gaining the confidence they needed during their career search.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road. The hardest part about my job has a good work-to-home life balance. I have very early mornings and very late nights. I have learned through trial and error to make sure that I am practicing self-care and not overworking myself. As far as perfecting my craft, I am constantly learning new techniques and pushing myself to be as thorough as possible through limitless creativity.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
During the day, I work as a Clinical Recruiter. My job is to attract speech-language pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists for pediatric home health roles. My job includes very in-depth sourcing, recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding. I am skilled at recruitment planning, creating sourcing maps to target specific candidates, utilizing the boolean search method when sourcing, finding candidates to accept hard-to-fill roles, and being a personable professional.

In my consultant role at my company, Employment Talk, I work with candidates in all industries. I am tasked with understanding their employment journey and tailoring their resumes to set them apart from other candidates. I use a very creative approach to completing my client’s resume. My resume templates are aesthetically pleasing and professional. I am also a great listener. My listening skills help me to hear the need of my client. I am great at identifying my clients’ transferable skills and presenting those skills when writing their resumes.

Any big plans?
I am working on a small booklet that I would like to publish to help employees learn how to best transition out of a company. There are many times when an employee leaves a company, and then, months later, they have so many regrets about what they didn’t do or obtain. I am committed to minimizing the sting that sometimes occurs from a job transition.

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