With the job market still struggling to regain some momentum, it is a thrill to find a firm that is aggressively hiring. I spoke with
Mark O'Connell is an experienced leader in late stage start-up companies. He has had terrific success at building later stage start-up companies prior to them going public. He has a finance background, yet has worked in a variety of positions in his career, including product management, sales management, marketing and strategic planning, all in the technology field. This gentleman knows how to run a business and
So what is
I asked Mr. OConnell what his advice would be for job seekers in today's competitive job environment and what he looked for in a candidate. He said that he believes that an undergraduate degree in accounting or finance and engineering are the area's that would be the most useful as our economy moves forward. He suggested that the finance knowledge could be picked up by getting an MBA, but doesn't require his employees to have an advanced degree.
Other tips he offered were to "stay healthy, keep your energy high and to work hard". He also said, "Don't be afraid to move around either within a company or outside of a company." When hiring recent college students, he looks for those that were involved in a multitude of activities when they attended college. The interview process is quite intense, yet they move it along. It involves a phone interview, face-face interview with a few hiring managers and then an all day-interview with other members of the company, where the short list of prospective employees will have to give a presentation to a selected
They are methodical in their approach to hiring, yet it appears that they are really looking for the "right" people who will succeed in their company. They value human capital and want to insure their success. They want a collection of personalities and backgrounds and believe it will make the company stronger.
For more information on how to apply for a position at this exciting firm, go to their web-site at www.savogroup.com.