Swooner of the Quarter – Q2

posted by Abby Glenn |

Introducing our Q2 – Swooner of the Quarter, Shanda Coppage!

Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond. Swooners submit nominations describing how they made the most impact.

Swooner of the Quarter - Q2 2020

Shanda Coppage

Title: Training Manager, Talent Development

Location: Chicago

Why She Was Nominated: Shanda was nominated by numerous Swooners for Swooner of the Quarter – Q2 because she is constantly going above and beyond and has amazing work ethic and determination!

During the pandemic, Swoon invested in our team and hired 30 new Business Development Managers and summer interns. Shanda was an integral part in onboarding all of these individuals remotely – something Swoon has never done. She worked around the clock to make sure all the new hires received any and all support they needed. She did an amazing job and we are so lucky to have her!

Quote from Nomination: “Shanda has revamped so much of the training material to be remote. I also can’t imagine the DuckU (our internal training classes) weeks spent with all our new BDMs. She is always ready to help point the new recruiters in the right direction as well as provide resources for them to further their learning. Shanda has really gone above and beyond this last quarter!”

2020 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago

Swoon Named One of the 2020 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago

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Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago

Press Release: July 2, 2020 – Warren, MI — Every year companies throughout Chicago compete to be named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can receive this honor. These select companies will be honored on Friday, July 24, 2020 on a digital platform that the honorees will log into.

The winning companies will compete for 13 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the digital presentation. All companies, no matter their size, can be a Best and Brightest Company to Work For®, resulting in Better Business, Richer Lives and Stronger Communities.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance; and the Best of the Best Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business. (See the whole list of honorees here.)

“Through the first half of 2020, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce though Covid-19. As the conversation and focus has shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding race relations. In these unique times, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For excel and share their knowledge with others,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.

The annual symposium and awards program this year will be a digital event, due to the COVID-19 virus, and will begin at 12:00 p.m. with Keynote Speaker, John Ninkovich – Performix Group. The digital awards presentation is emceed by Pat Cassidy of WBBM 780AM Radio. The awards presentation will adjourn at 1:30 p.m.

Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is sponsored by Baudville Brands, NOW Health Group, FONA International, Assurance — a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, Clark Hill PLC, Milhouse Engineering and Construction Inc., Switchfast Technologies, HR Source, uMap and Corp! Magazine.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and West Michigan, as well as Nationally.

Swoon - Best in Staffing

Swooner of the Quarter – Q1

posted by Abby Glenn |

Introducing our Q1 – Swooner of the Quarter, Miranda Sullivan!

Swooner of the Quarter recognizes one of our team members for going above and beyond. Everyone in the company submits a nomination describing how they made the most impact.

Miranda Sullivan

Title: Human Resources Manager

Location: Chicago

Why She Was Nominated: Miranda was nominated by numerous individuals for Swooner of the Quarter – Q1 and rightfully so. She is constantly upbeat and is always willing to go the extra mile to help whoever needs it. She really goes above and beyond every day and wears a ton of hats. We are so lucky to have her at Swoon!

Quote from nomination: “I know she gets shout outs all the time, but they are always so well-deserved. When I think of someone who really goes above and beyond to get the job done, I immediately think of her. She is proactive and thorough in everything that she does, and if she doesn’t know the answer to something, she will go the extra mile to figure it out. She is someone I have consistently relied on – for a wide variety of things – and she always pulls through. She is a true asset.”

May Contractor of The Month – Jordan Chan

posted by Megan Hari |

May’s Contractor of the Month is Jordan Chan, a Quality Control Monitoring Specialist for Swoon’s mobile payment client in San Francisco.

Jordan had his resume posted online and Kaylie reached out to him as she thought he would be a great fit for the role. He wants to give a huge thank you to both Kaylie and Krisanta as they have helped him tremendously throughout the process.

“Working with Swoon was an easy process. Kaylie and Krisanta prepared me for the interviews, gave me all the necessary tools to succeed, and helped me know what to expect every step of the way,” Jordan said.

In his role, Jordan is part of the collections team where he reviews and monitors cases and merchant communications to make sure all is in accordance with the company standards. He loves the collaborative culture of the company and has met a lot of great people and teammates so far.

Jordan said he will continue to put his best foot forward for the duration of the contract and would love the opportunity to be converted to the team full-time.

Fun Fact: Jordan majored in Graphic Design but is now working in finance. Also, he is ambidextrous!

April Contractor of the Month- Adam Jennings

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April’s Contractor of Month is Adam Jennings, a Digital Asset/Rights Manager at Swoon’s business and employment-oriented service client in San Francisco.

Adam was first Swooned by Maggie when he was on the job market in Sunnyvale, CA. She reached out to him about a role at our client, which just so happened to be a company he had wanted to work with for quite some time.

“Working with Maggie has been great. She is my first point of contact for everything, routinely helping me and pointing me to the right people when I have questions,” said Adam.

two people posing with a rubber duck

He started at the client as the Head of Registration for their flagship conference, then joined the Center of Excellence team, and ultimately landing his role as the Digital Asset/Rights Manager where he is currently working.

In his role, Adam has worked to help develop and launch two internal tools that work and help to store and share the photography, videos and other collateral for all marketing campaigns. His hard work has led him to talks with his team about the opportunity for his role to convert to a full-time position this summer.

His favorite part about his job and the company is the culture;

“It is the first place to truly feel like home. Culture and integrity are bred and instilled by the leadership in place. Some companies use it as a tag word or selling point, but here, they really own their culture and respect peoples’ values. We really are in it together,” Adam says.

FUN FACT: Adam enjoys golfing and loves attending music festivals. He went to the Stagecoach country music festival this month, and frequents southern California to continue his love for surfing.

Congratulations on all your achievements, Adam!

March Contractor of the Month- Mike Vaia

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March’s Contractor of the Month is Mike Vaia, a Project Manager at Swoon’s client, a Fortune 500 manufacturing company located in Chicago.

Mike recently reconnected with Swoon after having worked with us on a past role.

“Leila and Colin are both fantastic people to work with. They had a handful of opportunities that I was a good fit for. They facilitated the whole interviewing and hiring process and were an absolute pleasure.”

As a Project Manager, Mike works on large infrastructure projects, separating application environments, and much more. He is part of a large team that is made up of talent from multiple different organizations working under a tight timeframe.

Mike says the company has great people; not just internal, full-time employees, but great consultants that are easy to work with, professional and like-minded.  There is a great culture and work environment at the company as well.

FUN FACT: When he is not working, Mike enjoys playing golf with his father and sons. He is married and has three wonderful children.

February Contractor of the Month – Stacey Hou

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February’s Contractor of the Month is Stacey Hou, a Financial Analyst turned Data Analyst at one of Swoon’s clients, a consumer credit reporting agency in Boston.

Stacey started her Swoon journey when she applied to a role online and started working with Beth Suchocki. Beth and team offered advice, provided sample questions to ask during interviews, and checked-in throughout the process. In fact, Stacey was deciding on concurrent offers and Beth negotiated a more favorable package, ultimately sealing the deal for Stacey.

When starting as a Financial Analyst, a typical workday for Stacey included data entry and reporting, financial journaling, auditing and transactions. As she became more familiar with her role, Stacey realized due to her background in coding, that she was able to automate a lot of her work. Her boss was very supportive and began to assign Stacey additional tasks in business intelligence, coding and data analysis fields.

Stacey was then offered a full-time position with the client as a Data Analyst and her new position started this month! She now supports the business in quantitative data and coding to improve efficiencies.

“My favorite part about the job is the flexibility to identify the optimal way of doing a project and being able to run with it. I am not set to doing everything by a certain set of rules, and this empowers me to go a more creative and passionate route,” Stacey said.

We at Swoon would like to congratulate Stacey on her success and wish her well in her new, full-time role!

picture of Stacey outside

Fun Facts: Stacey has a three-pound toy poodle named Luna and a rescue Chinchilla named Bubbles! She loves music and works as an event pianist and church organist in her spare time.

January Contractor of the Month-John Santaguida

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January’s Contractor of the Month is John Santaguida, a Business Analyst at one of Swoon’s social media and mobile application clients. During a typical day, John checks the workflows he has set up and runs project requests. He also works on building these workflows for ad products and started a targeting incubation program where he and his team run new target requests and monitor the results.

Swoon recruiter Tyler Parks connected with John and helped him to land this role that he says he otherwise would not have applied for because he didn’t know he had the required skillsets. John loves working at Swoon and with his current company. He said he is never left out because of his contractor status and he loves the open-book, cross-functional nature of his team.

John hopes to become a product manager with the company down the line and continue to grow with the team. There have been conversations about converting him to a permanent employee this year.

Fun Fact: John knows how to make balloon animals!

Congratulations on being our Contractor of the Month. We wish you continued success!

contractor and swooners posing with chuck the duck

October Contractor of the Month – Nirmit Rungta

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Swoon’s October Contractor of the Month is Nirmit Rungta, a Business Analyst for a large healthcare client in Richmond, Virginia. Nirmit was on a one-year contract with the client, and because of his hard work, it was extended into 2019.

He applied for the position online and was quickly in contact with Lisa and her team. He was then introduced to Sonya and Ashley and had nothing but wonderful things to say about them.

“Swoon has been wonderful. Ever since I joined, everyone has been great when they come to meet with me. They make things comfortable with the right combination of formal and informal in our meetings,” he explained.

Nirmit’s future goals are to expand his knowledge within the company to become a project manager. In his spare time, he enjoys staying fit by playing soccer and volleyball, hiking, and cycling. Fun fact: In his past, Nirmit was a drummer in a metal band!

Congratulations on your hard work paying off, Nirmit. We look forward to watching your career grow!

Swoon Best of Staffing 2017 Client Award Winner

Inavero Best of Staffing Award 2017

posted by Megan Hari |

We are honored to be awarded with Inavero’s Best of Staffing 2017 Award! Our clients have kindly recognized our above and beyond service, making us an elite staffing agency. This is the second year running we’ve received this flattering award and we are over the moon once again. Thank you to our clients and Inavero for acknowledging the work we do, the relationships we maintain with our clients, and our on-going efforts to be a top notch staffing agency.

“Swoon earned the Best of Staffing® Award for providing remarkable service quality. Fewer than 2% of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada earned the 2017 Best of Staffing Award for service excellence. Best of Staffing winners truly stand out for exceeding expectations and this award identifies the staffing industry’s elite leaders in service quality.”

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