Choosing CSU with pride, loving all things CLE

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Choosing CSU with pride, loving all things CLE February 21, 2019

Anna Gibson is one of Cleveland State University’s Young Alumni Council board members. As a two-time Alumna of CSU with a BBA in Management and Labor Relations and a Masters in Labor Relations and Human Resources, she has been an advocate of the University serving on different councils and committees since graduation. As a Talent Acquisition Specialist for Lincoln Electric, Anna is a wealth of knowledge and in this Q&A, she provides some priceless insight as a young professional.

What do you do in this position?

I serve as a strategic partner to management to identify and hire the most qualified applicants. I’m responsible for managing the internal recruiting process for all corporate and Cleveland operations positions (production, hourly, salary and middle management).  I also provide full-cycle recruiting for US sales positions. 

What was your first job after graduation?

After grad school I was hired by The Lincoln Electric Company as a human resources administrator. I was responsible for the internal transfer and promotion process as well as job requisition management. In the spring of 2017, I was promoted to my current position.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

While in graduate school, I took a leap of faith and left my job in legal to pursue a more traditional route of student employment: as a graduate assistant and HR intern. It was a challenge to juggle two part-time jobs along with school and I was literally always on the move. While working in the College of Business Office of Undergraduate Advising, I helped facilitate a mentorship program that paired current students with local business professionals. It was awesome! I matched up the mentors with the mentees based on their academic, career and personal interests. Not all of them worked out, but for those that did, there was this spark when the connection was right.

More recently, I’m particularly proud of the two HRIS projects (HR information systems) that I’ve been involved in at Lincoln Electric. As part of the change management roll-out, I’ve been a trainer for both our Recruiting system as well as our Global employee data system.  I serve as a subject matter expert on the recruiting process and helped design the content of the local sessions for our employee data system training this Fall.

What’s been the most rewarding part of being a CSU graduate?

The network of fellow alumni who bleed green. Every CSU graduate has their own unique path to get there, but the outcome is the same: we choose CSU with pride and a sincere love for all things Cleveland.

Who is your career role model, and why?

Wow, tough questions. I don’t have a career role model. I feel like I should.  I’ll look into this.

What's your superpower, or what's your spirit animal?

Superpower: Overcommitting

If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

An 8-day week. I could really use an extra day over the weekend.

You’re a founding YAC member. How did the committee come about?

The Young Alumni Council was an idea launched by the Alumni Association and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. Plus, I was finishing up my last year of grad school as was uncertain of what my life would look like without CSU in it. So, this was a way to keep connected while giving back to the university. I nominated myself to join and the rest is history.

If you could go back and do anything different in your career, what would it be?

I believe that everything I’ve done in my career has led me to where I am today. Although a few things here or there would be nice to change, I’m not sure if I’d be willing to give up what I’ve learned along the way.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your college self?

Get involved sooner. I didn’t really dive into extracurricular activities until my last year of undergrad and often wonder what might be different had I networked earlier on in my education.