Employee Spotlight: Meg McClenney
Meg McClenney has been with ITAC since she graduated from college. Working her way up to her current role as Senior IT Business Development Manager, Meg is passionate about working with clients to discover what they need to complete their team. Learn more about Meg in our interview!
Q: Tell us a little bit about what made you want to work at ITAC.
A: I came here right after college, graduated from the University of Alabama, and moved to Birmingham. ITAC was actually helping me find a job through some mutual friend connections I had here. And then one of the partners, JG, called me asking if I was interested in working, and I fell into it and loved it.
Q: Tell me a little bit about your role at ITAC.
A: I started out on the IT recruiting team, worked my way up from associate to senior recruiter last year, and then more recently, I made the full transition to Senior IT Business Developer Manager. It’s been a lot of fun.
Q: What are your responsibilities in your current role?
A: I’m still heavily involved with the IT recruiting team. We’re a really close-knit team and work well together. But now, I’m more on the client’s side, so I’m out of the office a good bit more, in front of the clients helping them figure out what needs they have so I can bring that back to the recruiting team.
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I am from a small town called Headland, Alabama, in lower Alabama. I’m the youngest of five. So, I have a crazy big family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being the baby is so much fun because they always want to make sure that I’m well taken care of. You can’t beat it. I also have a little dog named Oliver. Literally, there is a framed picture of him on my desk. I got him my senior year of high school, so he is my sidekick - he’s been around for a little while.
Q: What sets Birmingham apart as a place to work and as a place to live?
A: I got into Birmingham at the best time. You always hear about 10-20 years ago or even five years ago, and it is just a night and day difference. As far as the entertainment scene, the food scene, the bar scene, for young professionals and families, you can’t beat it. You get the best of both worlds. You have the downtown urban city life where there is tons to do, but then you also have the outskirts. I’ve always told people that I feel Birmingham is a lot of small communities that are meshed together. You get that close-knit community feel for families, but then you can also go have the entertainment side of it too.
Q: What is your favorite Birmingham restaurant?
A: One of my favorite restaurants, not many people may know about it, is called Little Savannah. It’s super quaint. It’s a cute little place. It is great this time of year when the weather is nice, and they have some awesome fried deviled eggs.
Q: What jobs would you say are the most in-demand in Birmingham?
A: So, granted, I am in the IT sector, so I know that market more. But I would say anything in IT, especially software developers. That’s huge. If you can code or program or anything like that, the job market is yours for the taking.
Q: What is one piece of advice that you would like to share with job seekers?
A: Tell your story. You are so much more than just your resume, so don’t be afraid to be yourself. As far as interviewing, that is your time to tell your story and find out if you can fit within that company just as much as they are trying to size you up and figure out if they are going to be a fit for you as well. So, it is definitely a two-way street.
Q: What advice do you have for hiring managers?
A: The biggest thing is that it is our job to consult managers on knowing and trying to get the whole story behind the resume, and not making a quick judgement. So, that is what is cool about places like ITAC. We let them see that. We can explain that. We are that middleman who gives them the whole story behind the resume, and the type of person they’re going to be interviewing, just trying to make sure that it is a good fit all the way around.
Q: Are there any trends in the industry that you are seeing?
A: I’ve noticed a lot of people are hiring more recent graduates, especially in IT. Mainly, because that particular job market is very tight. We are trying to keep that core market here in Birmingham rather than them go elsewhere. So, the tech start-up is huge. If you are a college graduate in the IT sector, then you are going to get a job immediately.