When Michelle took on a side gig as a temporary employee while going to college in California, she never dreamed she would become a Regional Manager of three successful staffing offices in Hawaii. Today, with over 25 years of experience in the staffing industry, Michelle is an asset to the ALTRES team as well as a valued community member in Kailua-Kona. We asked her a few questions about life in the staffing industry–here’s what she had to say.
If we were to take a peek at your schedule, what would a typical day look like?
A typical day is never typical. I work closely with our Maui, Hilo, and Kona offices to help with all facets of the business. I’m the big picture person who ensures we have everything we need for marketing, sales, recruitment, and daily operations. One minute you can find me interviewing a jobseeker and the next, I’ll be working directly with our clients at their places of business. Whatever my team needs from me at that moment, that’s what you’ll find me doing. I don’t think anyone in the staffing industry has a typical day.
What do you look for in candidates when they are applying?
We always look for people who come in with a positive attitude. A good attitude is something you can choose to have or not have–we call this a soft skill. You may be able to do the job better than anyone else but if you have a bad attitude, no one will want to work with you. I’m always interested in working with someone who is positive, upbeat, and wants to learn.
In your opinion, what makes ALTRES so great?
ALTRES is a really great company–plain and simple. It’s a business where honesty, loyalty, and integrity are rewarded. We care for the people both inside and outside of the organization. Everyone here tries their best to treat our employees, jobseekers, and clients as part of our family.
Any proud work moments you want to share?
I’m extremely proud of how far we have come on the neighbor islands. A little over 20 years ago, I started in a small office in Kona as a Personnel Manager. I met with ALTRES President Kerry Kopp and promised him, “I’m going to work hard and when I really get this office going, you are going to need to get a bigger office.” Since then, I have moved both Big Island offices to bigger spaces and we opened an office on Maui. I’m proud to work with a company that sees the potential in their employees and celebrates each accomplished goal.
Three quick fun facts about you. Go.
I met my husband in high school, we have 2 beautiful daughters, and I am an advocate for rescuing older dogs.
Michelle is the Regional Manager of our Kona, Hilo, and Maui staffing offices. She works primarily out of our Kailua-Kona office so stop by and say hi the next time you’re passing through!