Employee Spotlight: Jon Auterson
Jon Auterson is a Senior IT Recruiter in our Birmingham office. He loves finding candidates a job that fits their personality and career goals. Check out the interview below to learn more about Jon!
Q: Tell us about your background and how you came to ITAC.
A: I came from a sales/corporate background. ITAC just felt right. Coming in, all those years ago talking to Ben and Charles and some of the employees, it just felt very tight-knit, very family- focused, business-driven, and success-driven. And that’s what I was looking for.
Q: What are your responsibilities in your role?
A: As a recruiter we are constantly focused on finding new candidates for our clients and finding the best talent for our clients, and then finding the best niche for their careers. I want to make sure that it is a good fit for their career. That is our role. We are constantly networking, constantly building relationships, and trying to push our name out there.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: Definitely the closing of the deal is always the best. It just feels so good. It feels good for the client, it feels good for your candidate, and it feels good for yourself. You have helped someone; you have put them in a new position, or you have given them a new position that they didn’t have before. It’s 100% feels, all the way around.
Q: What is one thing that you want candidates to know about you?
A: That we actually are here to help out. I know people get recruiter calls all the time, and that is something I really try to focus on (personally and professionally). I'm not going to try to pressure you into a job. I’m not going to try to convince you or sell you on something that is not a good fit. We see the market, we see the clients, we see what is out there, and this is a really a great fit for you, and for your career, and to be open to that.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your family.
A: My wife Joanna is originally from Birmingham. We have two, not little anymore, but two girls. Hannah is twelve and Miriam is seven. No pets that we own currently. We have had several dogs, and we actually foster some dogs, and we constantly are babysitting one of our good friend’s dogs, Dwan, he is the man. We travel, we like to go places. We went to the Space and Rocket Museum a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty awesome. I do Dad stuff around the house. Build and fix, and then fix what I build.
Q: What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: I actually grew up in New York City, from a small child until I was 18 and I left and went to college. Apparently, I had a New York accent at some point in time.
Q: What would you say sets Birmingham apart as a place to work and live?
A: Birmingham is huge. It’s getting to be such a crazy, expanding city. The tech community, the real estate, the healthcare community. It is an up-and-coming Southern gem. You have Atlanta, you have Nashville, you have Charlotte, you have Austin, you have all these giant cities that mirror what Birmingham is doing with half the traffic, here. It is a very exciting time to be here, an exciting time to be part of the staffing industry in Birmingham, just because of the exponential growth that is seen. Even over the last 10-12 years that I have been here. It is night and day from 2007 to now. So, it’s exciting.
Q: What jobs would you say are the most in-demand in Birmingham?
A: All of them. I mean data-focused jobs, development jobs, programmers. Those are always going to be up-and-coming. Any kind of cyber security. Any kind of data security. Companies want to know how the data moves the business and then how can we secure that to fend off against any kind of fraud.
Q: What is one piece of advice or tip that you would like to share with job seekers?
A: Be open to other jobs and always be transparent. Always be honest and always be up front. If something is not a fit, you aren’t going to hurt our feelings. Just let us know. Let us know so we can better help you. That is the biggest goal.
Q: What is one piece of advice that you would like to share with employers or managers?
A: Continue to give us constant feedback. It’s such a huge help. When we send a candidate’s resume to a client, and we never hear anything, that is such a frustrating thing because you want to tell that candidate the feedback from the interview. You want to give that. So, getting that for a candidate directly from the hiring manager is such a massive help. Good or bad. It’s just really helpful.