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Hello from Rich at TeamBradley!

I hope Spring is finally hitting Chicago and the suburbs and maybe it is here to stay. It’s Saturday and I have Cubs tickets for two games next week, I am going to pretend I did not hear something about maybe, snow happening next week. April, is it really April!? Yep it sure is! And it is hard to believe it is the end of the first quarter of the year. And let me tell you, the first quarter of the year has been nearly as wild as the winter weather.  Technology is a busy place to live in and boy have we been busy on our side. I do hope this note finds you doing well.

If you are looking for a new place to hang your hat in technology, you likely already know that timing is everything. It is always my pleasure to introduce people to their next employer. Actually it gives me a lot of pleasure. Sometimes I send out a note and my subject line says something like, Hopefully from your favorite recruiter. I had an email back from one of our emails recently and it was from a person I placed in their current company some 20+ years ago. And he said I was still his favorite recruiter after all these years. It put a big smile on my face.

Recruiting is a business that can have a lot of turnover in personnel. I should know, I have seen people come and go as recruiters. I think that happens because people think my job is easy. And really it is easy for me, because I truly love what I do. My job is about connecting with people and finding out what they need, and what they are good at. That knowledge helps me solve the puzzle making a perfect match for you and my clients.  As I mentioned someone sent me a note saying 20+ years ago I found them a great role and company and they are still happy today. How awesome is that!?

When people spend so much time interviewing to find the right person it’s important to have everyone (clients and candidates) happy!

I am particularly proud of my staff at TeamBradley. The Team is a great group of people with different talents. Here is an update on my awesome folks that keep TeamBradley working so smoothly.

Rosa – We are all really excited for Rosa. Rosa is a part time person that works with us here in Florida. When she is not at TeamBradley having fun hanging out with us, she is busy rowing, erging (working out on a rowing machine), planning good foods to eat, doing lots of working out as she pursues her dream of being on Team USA in women’s rowing. In two weeks Rosa begins the first of her many events at Nathan Benderson Park as she begins the qualifying process to reach that goal. This race is the first step in being ranked for the year. We will keep you updated on her happenings! Rosa will be taking a hiatus from TeamBradley, May, June and July bring more rounds of racing where she could ultimately secure her spot on Team USA for the World Rowing Championships that take place at the end of August in Austria. We are all pulling for Rosa! Here we like to call her ROWsa! Go ROWsa GO!!

Emily the awesome (We like to call her that) visited us in Florida this winter and we really had to almost push her back on the plane to return home.  We had such a good time sharing with her all our favorite places. While Wheaton has been her lifelong home, she really loves warmer weather. While she could not take home warm weather she did take home a little sunburn!  Email also traveled south to Alabama this spring to shake off the cold for a family reunion. While she likes Alabama, her internet was not very fast there. Emily is freaky fast on the computer, the slow internet must have been maddening for her. It’s a good thing she planned on hiking and hanging out with the family. If you have had the pleasure of working with Emily at all, you will find out quickly why we love her so much!  She is kind, caring and super efficient. She’s not just part of our team at this point, we feel like she is family. Emily has been a breath of fresh air since she walked into our office last October. If you talk to Emily, tell her, Emily you are Awesome!


Catherine is our college staffer working on her masters and is well suited for this business. Studying to be a marriage counsellor she understands that recruiting is all about relationships. She sees a lot of parallels from her school work to our business. Catherine is an email and back office person and really assists Rich on the resource side of the business. We are excited about having her with us at TeamBradley right now. Catherine has been with us off and on since she was in high school. Her return to college was our good fortune. We give Catherine high grades for her work with us! And for her friendship. We are truly grateful for her insight and ability to jump right back into TeamBradley.

The Bradley’s – Amy and Rich.  This year has been an amazing year thus far, Rich has been on a health journey and is finding great success in losing weight and de-stressing. Keys to that journey have been intermittent fasting followed by days of healthy foods and getting out of the office every day for some real exercise. Amy is busy with the team and with her Hula Hooping business. She continues to introduce fun fitness to people through her passions for good food and fitness. We continue to enjoy the success our youngest is having as a Junior in High School. While she has a lot going on, we found out recently that she won a playwright award from the Florida Studio Theatre. Her play is being performed and she will receive an award at a ceremony next month. With Prom, Rowing Sweep States for Crew and her play production of Beauty and the Beast (she is an awesome dancing Cheese grater). April into May are going to be a flurry of watching Cassi grow! I mean go!

Our desks remain busy, happy and here for you.




Articles of interest:

From the blog CareerSidekick we liked the following article: The two best answers for the question, “Tell me about yourself.” (Interview Question) by Biron Clark.

From Forbes – 5 Questions You Should Never Ask During A Job Interview by Zack Friedman | Jan 1, 2019

A website called The Balanced Careers is a site that covers interviewing from soup to nuts and they covered, What to wear to an interview for all sorts of job experiences from professional to summer internships. Great information to share or log in your brain for the next time you find yourself in the interviewee seat.