What motivated you to join Ad Victoriam Solutions?
During my last semester at UGA, I decided to take Marketing 4210 which is Professional Selling and CRM with Professor Gooner. In this class, I was able to grasp a true understanding of what selling is all about and what it takes to sell. Our final project in this class was to pitch Salesforce to a client. My ears perked and was like “I know what Salesforce is, I used it in my internship”. Turns out I truly had no clue what Salesforce truly was.. Through the project I was able to learn more about how a business would use Salesforce. I was mentally set on working for a company that utilizes Salesforce. I immediately hopped on Handshake,and looked for companies that mentioned Salesforce. Ad Victoriam Solutions was one of them. Signed for an interview slot and the rest was history. The interview process was so smooth.Everything from culture to work-life balance to career development aligned in what I was looking for.
How does Ad Victoriam Solutions convey to employees a sense of belonging?
Belonging is in our human nature. As humans we strive to belong to something. Every company has their own set of core values, but that doesn’t mean anything if the company doesn’t truly mean it. AdVic does a great job of making sure everyone is connected and involved. Whether it’s in the office or remotely, there's constant support all around. AdVic prides itself on the employees and the relationships you have with one another. Working for a company that cares intensely about our customers and teammates' success and growth is what makes me happy to work here.
In what ways has Ad Victoriam Solutions supported your professional development and growth?
I’d love to say I’m the best at everything I set my mind to do, but it’s simply not like that. AdVic constantly supports professional development. Our managers are in constant communication with our employees. They want to see you grow and take more responsibilities. AdVic is hands on, and the leadership team wants to see you succeed. In Salesforce, things are constantly changing and AdVic provides the support so you’re constantly ready for whatever challenge may appear. From a recruiters standpoint, I’ve seen a significant amount of growth in how I deal with people. I’ve always thought I had a great understanding of people and how to read the room, but now feel like I have the ability to understand what motivates a person day to day.
In what ways are you supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance?
As a consulting company, AdVic prides itself on its work-life balance. I work on a hybrid schedule going into the office twice a week and working remotely the other 3 days of the week. This gives me the ability to have the best four-legged coworker during the week. Being able to work remotely during the week, provides me with the flexibility to take a walk with the dog, fit in a workout, throw a load of laundry in all while being productive. AdVic focuses on a 40 hour work week, but that being said this is consulting and sometimes a long week does happen. AdVic offers Unlimited PTO, which is crucial especially when the Dawgs play on Saturday, and I’d like to enjoy a Friday in Athens. Slack and email notifications off, Salesforce logged off, and laptop closed are all mandatory steps in our “how to take a vacation” guide. What's cool about AdVic is we also offer Volunteer time off, so let’s say I volunteer for a road way clean up I can use those hours to take time off.
How do you know that you’re making a difference/having an impact with the work that you do?
As an internal recruiter, my impact is shown when I’m able to hire a candidate. AdVic hiring more means the company is growing, and we’ve been in constant growth since I started. The work that I’m doing not only impacts a candidate's life by providing a better work-life balance, improving their career development, but also impacting the company with providing more skilled resources. The impact of letting a college student know they just got their first job offer or an experienced professional earning a meaningful opportunity brings me joy. To know you’ve made an impact on someone's life and the people around them can’t be matched.
What makes you proud to represent Ad Victoriam Solutions?
I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes and rewards my accomplishments. To know that AdVic is the ultimate Salesforce problem solver is a great feeling. AdVic wants our customers to be successful and lead them to victory. Solving business problems and turning complexity into simplicity is what drives the company.
In what ways do you feel like you’ve grown since working for Ad Victoriam Solutions?
My confidence has grown a lot. At first, I was terrified to speak with a candidate that has been working for more years than I’ve been alive and even speaking with college students knowing I just graduated a year before you.. Being in this role has given me the confidence to speak about the work that we do, the new opportunities we have to offer, and how someone could be a fit at AdVic. I now know I can speak with anyone about any job, how to write a resume, and ultimately how to understand what a person is looking for in a career. Being in this role has given me the opportunity to learn what it takes to be able to get hired at a company. Understanding people is a skill that I’ve been able to develop and I can’t thank AdVic enough. Plus my knowledge in Salesforce and products it offers has grown immensely.
What do you wish you had known about the professional world when you were a student?
How important being on Linkedin is. I didn’t make a Linkedin until my senior year, and I do wish I was on there sooner. A common saying is “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” For the last year, I’ve seen how important it is to build a relationship with others.
In thinking about emerging young professionals, what advice would you share to those seeking their first opportunities?
Network and be a self starter. Speaking to a variety of people in different industries really gives you a perspective of what you are looking for. Research the company, reach out to alumni in a position/field that interests you. Dawg nation is so strong, and always open to chat. By being a self starter you need to have a leader go getter mentality.