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Timothy Holt: Employment/Staffing Supervisor, Verizon Communications

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Timothy Holt, Employment/Staffing Supervisor at Verizon Communications, started out in the human resources field as a recruiter for a staffing-augmentation agency that specialized in information technology recruiting. ''I had, up to that point, worked in a sales environment for both a city newspaper and a regional IT solutions developer,'' said Holt. ''When the company that I was working for went bankrupt in the 2000 IT/telecom bust, I was forced to use the network that I had built to find employment. I found that recruiting blended aspects of sales that I enjoyed with the opportunity to help people find employment.''

His title is Supervisor—Employment/Staffing. On a day-to-day basis, he manages and supports a team of nine recruiters that specialize in sourcing, attracting, and retaining the most qualified candidates throughout the U.S. Verizon's dedication to diversity has consistently challenged them to provide not only the highest-quality candidates but also to ensure that they are providing opportunities within the company across all lines of diversity.

"I started with Verizon as a recruiter in August of 2005 after five years as a professional recruiter for a firm [that] serviced Verizon. The needs of the organization internally were very similar to the services that I provided externally, and through hard work and a constant desire for growth, I was promoted into the supervisory position," said Holt. All of Holt's past experiences, including his sales background, his tenure in recruiting, and his time at Verizon, have provided him with the tools he utilizes every day.

Like any organization, Verizon can face challenges when it comes to hiring the most qualified individuals. Through perseverance and the use of non-traditional recruiting styles—including cold-calling, networking, candidate management, and diversity recruiting—the national recruiting team meets the hiring needs of the organization. The team strives to hire the most qualified employees, and its goal is to source, attract, and retain the most well-rounded candidates with optimal previous experience, education, and training across all needs of the business. "Verizon's workforce believes in the company and the direction that we are headed through our corporate culture of training and growth," said Holt.

Q. What CD is in your CD player right now?
A. Green Day, American Idiot.
Q. What is the last magazine you read?
A. Fortune.
Q. What is your favorite TV show?
A. Heroes.
Q. Who is your role model?
A. The lieutenant that I served under in Iraq.

When asked if he has had any significant mentors or influential colleagues during his career, Holt replied, "My previous supervisor, Kelly McCorkle, has provided me with many of the tools that I need to prosper within Verizon's culture on a professional basis."

Holt advises business students and others interested in pursuing human resources positions to hone their recruiting skills. "You must learn to be a consultant, a subject-matter expert, a salesperson, an advocate, and a manager," said Holt. "Recruiting in the information technology sector requires a special attention to the technology. The most successful recruiters in IT will have a broad knowledge of how the technology works and how individual technologies can function as a whole."
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