Sarah Prince is the newest smartie to join the Grand Rapids office, where she heads up the business development desk. Sarah brings a strong background in HR and is already making a splash at local networking events.

What got you into staffing? 
A recruiter! My partner in crime in Grand Rapids, the lovely Hannah Staal, was a connection that I made when I moved here. While I started as one of her candidates, I’ve eventually become her coworker.

Do you have any pets?
A spunky Jack Russell named C.J.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you take with you? 
My hubby, my iPod, and a bottle of ranch dressing

What is the best thing about being a smartie?
Getting to work with the other smarties and helping match people with great opportunities. Whether a hiring manager that needs an outstanding candidate or a great candidate needs an awesome job, I love helping to connect people with people.

What is your favorite band? 
Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson…don’t ask me to choose!

What is your favorite staffing story? 
My favorite staffing story is the time I realized staffing wasn’t scary, it’s awesome! When I got married, I moved to D.C. for my husband’s job. I left an awesome role that I loved and found myself in a new city with no connections. I was nervous about reaching out to a recruiter because I never had before and I thought it was admitting defeat. It turned out to be the smartest decision I made during my job hunt! In addition to all of the work I was doing to find a job, I had another person (with connections!) work toward the same goal! As a result of that relationship, I was placed in a contract-to-hire role where I worked until I moved away from D.C. I’m excited to share my story with others and hopefully help more people!

What is your favorite type of pizza? 
The kind I can dip in Ranch.

What is your favorite movie? 
Dirty Dancing… “nobody puts Baby in a corner”

What is your dream job (not in staffing)? 
I want to be a singer! But I can’t carry a tune!

Top tip for any job seeker: 
Network! People love connecting with people. The more people you meet, the more connections and options you gain.

Reach out to Sarah at sarah@thesmartdept.com. Or connect with her on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahprince231/