A 17-year veteran of Associated Staffing, Natalia Ramirez joined Associated Staffing in 1998 as a bilingual Employment Coordinator in Grand Island.
“Natalia is one of the most energetic people I have worked with,” said Carri Frank, Grand Island Branch Manager. “She can multitask to perfection, all while maintaining an upbeat attitude. She exemplifies our mission statement with the care, respect, urgency and partnership she displays with every customer and employee she encounters.”
On a break from recruiting candidates, Natalia shared a little bit about what it was like to be one of the first employees of Associated Staffing:
Q: You’ve worked for Associated Staffing for 17 years. Do you remember your first day on the job?
A: Yes. I thought: what did I get myself into? We started on 2nd Street (in Grand Island). It was a really busy office, really fast-paced office. I was the only bilingual, so I took care of all the Spanish people and calls. I had to do data entry, paperwork, screening. I did everything. I was superwoman.
Q: How did you keep track of job orders from clients in the early years of the company?
A: The way that we would keep track of job orders was on a dry erase board. We would erase job orders as we filled them.
Q: What gets you motivated to come to work?
A: I always tell everybody, being here 17 years means a lot to me. Brian (McMahon) is an excellent boss. He’s taken care of me personally and emotionally. He’s always been there for me. He’s a good boss. What I really like is changing peoples’ lives. The ‘thank you’ when they go permanent, that gratification just fulfills you.
Q: According to our ballpark calculations, you’ve placed thousands of workers in jobs in the Grand Island area in the last 17 years. What do you think about that?
A: Wow. No wonder everybody asks for me! Everybody wants to talk to Natalia. I’ve had a good reputation in the Hispanic community. People come in saying they’ve heard good things about me and that makes me feel great.
Q: I’m sure you’ve seen your share of success stories. What’s the one success story that really sticks out to you from the last 17 years?
A: One associate actually went back to school and got his GED after I talked to him about continuing his education.
Q: You’ve interviewed a lot of candidates in the last 17 years. What’s the interview question that always stumps candidates?
A: Sometimes they don’t put the reason for leaving a job and they give me this loooong story. Also, ‘what’s your weakness?’ We all have weaknesses, we’re not perfect. ‘What do you want to do?’ Sometimes they don’t know what they want to do. ‘You want to clean toilets?’ ‘No, I don’t want to do that.’ You have to give me an idea of what you want to do!
Q: We’re a pretty great company to work for (but we may be a little biased). What’s your favorite part about working for Associated Staffing?
A: Bonuses. No, just kidding. It’s an outstanding company to work. I wouldn’t be here if Brian didn’t take good care of us. There’s no other employer out there that takes as good care of their people. I get weeks of vacation, sick leave, bonuses, commission, lunch with clients and Christmas parties are awesome. He just does so, so, so much for us. Plus, he pays me really well.
Q: If you weren’t a recruiter for Associated Staffing, what would you be doing?
A: I’d be somewhere this long somewhere else. Maybe working for the state doing interpreting. I’d be using my interpreting skills somewhere else.
Q: When you’re not recruiting, what are you doing?
A: I take care of my 6-year-old nephew, that’s enough. He keeps me busy. I have him involved in sports. I also have a son, Marty (freshman at University of Nebraska at Lincoln majoring in physical therapy). He’s on the Dean’s List. I’m so very proud of him.