Recruiters and Career Experts: Staff Picks

Looking for your dream job? You’ve come to the right place.

The job search is tough. Competition is fierce, dream positions are scarce and it’s easy to get discouraged. At, we’re all about using our community to connect you to people who will help you, inspire you and ultimately get you where you want to go. This week’s Staff Picks are some of the most talented recruiters and career experts in the country.

Heading off our post is Ryan Kahn, founder of The Hired Group, star of MTV’s Hired and best-selling author. Ryan specializes in helping students and recent-grads land jobs. Ryan links to The Hired Group’s website on his page, named as one of Forbes “Top 100 Websites For Your Career.”

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Introducing Backstory

You’ve got people to meet, things to do, places to go. And you’ve got a great story to tell about yourself. You can use your resume to tell others who you are, but that doesn’t capture the full picture of you. Maybe you’re a student just starting his career or an artist who would prefer to highlight her body of work instead of writing about it, or a realtor looking to show off his personality. That’s why we’ve created Backstory. So you can, in a more visual way, showcase who you are both professionally and personally.

Adding a Backstory to your page connects your resume, portfolio and page to showcase your skills and aspirations. Through Backstory you can relate your story and more easily connect with others, because that’s how people connect, through stories. It’s rare that people get excited about lines on a resume. It’s just a listing of facts and dates. So what that you worked for a law firm for two summers? The interesting part is what’s never written on your resume. The picture of you traveling the world and the story of how your experience abroad inspired you to go into law even though you studied biology in college. With Backstory connected to your page, it’s easy to make this story come alive, and connect with people on a personal level. This could lead to the door opening for professional opportunities including work collaborations, jobs and hopefully an expansion of your network.

And whether or not you already have an page, it’s easy to set up a Backstory. Plus, you can customize it however you want and turn the different sections of your Backstory on for public view when you’re ready. Try it out, let us know how you like it, and as always, have fun with it. Because it is your story and this is your chance to share it.

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Raina Kropp

Finding the right fit: Recruiters

“My life “title”, who I am, is a series of connections and positive energies. Helping people find their way in the business world is just one small piece. I believe deeply that we are all capable of so much more than we realize, and that finding out who we really are is one of the greatest challenges that life has to offer.”

Those are the words of Maria Ambrose, who is a technical recruiter by profession. For her, and many other of the hiring managers we ran across on, their jobs are more than just finding someone for a position, it’s about finding a good cultural fit and helping others find their way in the business world as a whole. And though these recruiters take their jobs very seriously, and it was fun exploring their personalities and fun quirks outside of the workplace.

For example, Raina Tropp (in our header photo) uses an app on her page to share her San Diego HR mom blog with tips for weightloss, getting ahead in the workplace and much more.

But we don’t want to spoil all the fun! Check out their pages see their personal and professional stories for yourself!

Drue DeAngelis

Drue DeAngelis founded a company to recruit exclusively for orthopedic and spine startups.

Ashley PetkusAshley Petkus hails from Michigan and serves on the board of GRAPE, Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence. Check out their blog to see her work.

Torin EllisAmong his many experiences Torin Elis directed military troops, lead a high performing telecom sales team, & become a serial entrepreneur.

Brittney ValenzanoObviously a Giants fan, Brittney Valenzano wins even more points for her awesome headline, #smartgirlshavemorefun, and her cutesy, funny blog.

T. Brad Kielinski

T. Brad Kielinski founded IT Pros, a hiring firm for the tech industry.

Maria Ambrose

Maria Ambrose lives by the bay in South New England and loves spending time with friends and family.

Todd Horinouchi

Aside from being a recruiter, Todd Horinouchi is also writer (he wrote a children’s book with rubber ducks!) and antique etching and engravings enthusiast.

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