Recruiter Interview – Dana Saporita
What company do you work for?
JBCStyle Fashion Recruiters
What is your job title?
Senior Talent Acquisition Executive
Tell us a little about yourself.
I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 and was a retail manager for several years. I’ve been with JBC for almost three years and specialize in retail roles on all levels. I’m a real people person and it’s exciting to connect and network with strong talent all over the country!
How did you get into recruiting?
In 2016, I was at a crossroads in my career wondering how I could utilize my love for fashion and previous experience in a different space. One of my dearest friends set me up with a senior recruiter at JBC (who is now my rock star manager, life is funny!). I took a chance and set up a call with JBC and mentioned that I was interested in recruiting. One thing led to the next and here I am.
Piece of advice; don’t be close-minded to opportunities that could surprise you.
Tell us about your company.
JBCStyle is a place for any job seeker in the fashion industry to discuss their experience, figure out that next step and land a new opportunity.
It’s a means for our clients to meet strong candidates tailored to their specifics needs. We are a relationship business and have the mentality of what we can do, rather than cannot. In the time I have been here, I have had the privilege of working on searches for a wide range of companies, such as innovative start-ups and some of the most iconic fashion brands.
Why would a fashion industry job seeker want to work at/with your company?
Being an employee at JBCStyle gives you the opportunity to make a difference for so many people on all levels! When you come on board, you can have the freedom to work on roles that are of interest to you and discover your niche. There is also an open-door policy and the ability to communicate with high level management.
It’s truly a win-win for the job seeker. It’s a free service- meet with us and discuss your experience and expectations, gain market insight and hopefully a new role that you love! At JBC, we don’t give up. Even if we don’t have something for you right now, we may tomorrow, next month or even next year. Over time we make sure to stay in touch and up to date!
Tell us about the hiring process at your company.
I had two in-person interviews, which was great because I was able to observe the company culture firsthand. It moved pretty quickly and I was on board within a few weeks. This is a speed-to-market industry!
What types of fashion industry positions do you recruit for?
I recruit for permanent retail roles across North America as broad as entry level and seasonal positions, to senior level corporate retail roles. Our clients range from luxury to mass market and everything in between!
What sources do you use the most to find fashion industry talent? (jobboards, newspapers, social media, personal networking, colleges, etc…)
Definitely LinkedIn, which has allowed me to connect with a large pool of talented individuals! Also, our internal database of over one million unique fashion candidates allows me to connect with strong candidates that worked with JBC even before I joined the company. Connect with me here!
What are some common misconceptions job seekers have about your job?
That we are looking to waste time. Time is valuable and every conversation we set up is for an intended purpose, whether it is to discuss a job currently open or because we believe that at some point your experience could be a fit for an exciting role we may get!
What should job seekers know about your job as a recruiter?
It’s rewarding when you help someone take that next step, big or small. It can also be an emotional roller coaster – we deliver the exciting news of interviews and offers, but we also have to deliver the news that someone was passed on, or explain why someone’s experience may not be the right fit – but the highs are worth the lows!
What are some of the most common mistakes fashion industry job seekers make when looking/applying/interviewing/etc… for a job?
They don’t look at the scope of the role and just look at the title. Make sure you know what you’re applying for and ask yourself if it makes sense based on your experience. If it doesn’t but it’s a job that interests you, think about the best path to transition your career in the direction you want it to go. Many job seekers also apply with old resumes that are not up to date and this is very misleading. Be honest and to the point about your career moves.
What’s the craziest thing a job seeker has ever said to you?
That they didn’t need any prep for an interview. Just because you are confident doesn’t mean you know everything we can share with you, whether it’s about the person you are meeting or some basic tips we can offer. Never turn down a prep call!
What’s the most inappropriate thing you’ve seen on a resume?
Adding too many personal hobbies that are irrelevant to someone’s professional experience. A personal touch is never a bad thing, but it can often head in the wrong direction! But don’t worry, your JBC recruiter will help craft your resume to send to the client!
What advice do you have for younger job seekers?
Stay focused and learn from every opportunity that you take on. Each opportunity can be a stepping stone to your dream job! You also never know who you will need as a reference, so maintain a positive attitude and be true to your work ethic—even if you know it’s not your forever job.
What advice do you have for older job seekers?
Even if you are in your dream job, it’s never too late to pursue another opportunity that may allow you to take on a new challenge – it may be a real breath of fresh air! Also, applying to jobs today is very different than 10 years ago, so keep an updated resume on file that you can email right over.
What are some common mistakes fashion industry job seekers make during the job search process? Resumes/Cover Letters/Correspondence/Applications/Follow-up/Interview/etc…
Many job seekers send their resume and then don’t follow through with speaking to a recruiter. Don’t be afraid to meet in person or virtually, the ball is in your court since we can only send your resume somewhere if you give us the green light.
Also, they apply to too many random jobs which looks like they have no idea of what they want. You can still put your resume out there while being strategic.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Don’t let your nerves get the best of you! Sometimes just taking a deep breath and letting your personality shine makes all the difference on an interview!
Senior Talent Acquisition Executive at JBCStyle with a focus on filling permanent retail positions on all levels and in all markets in North America!! This includes but isn’t limited to Regional Managers, District Managers, Area Manager, General Managers, Assistant Managers & Sales Associates.