Supporting Colliers’ recruitment efforts for internships, co-ops and new-graduate positions
Based in Tampa, Florida, Lauren Hearon currently serves as Manager, Campus Recruiting, North America, at Colliers. In this role, she supports Colliers’ recruitment efforts for internships, co-ops and new-graduate positions across all service lines and disciplines. She recently received a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professionals Designation as well as becoming a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter (CDR) through AIRS. Lauren received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa and an undergraduate degree from Florida State University. Here, she shares her thoughts on being a Colliers expert.
What do you love about Colliers?
The people! It is important to believe in your organization and its people if you are going to be in the recruitment field, and it makes your job that much more enjoyable when you practice what you preach. Professionals at Colliers genuinely care and are so authentic. They strive to provide an impact and continue to make Colliers better. When we bring in new folks to the organization — I think we don’t even realize we are looking for it — but when we find individuals who are truly authentic and have passion, AND it’s a good fit for the team, it provides even greater levels of success.
What do you look for from applicants, and what helps them stand out from the crowd?
There is no right answer here or specific boxes applicants need to check. What is most important is that candidates have an array of skills, personality and determination to put their best foot forward. Are you involved in pre-professional clubs associated with your preferred career path? Are you attending networking events in your community and keeping up with industry news? These are all ingredients top candidates add to their own special “recipe” for success.
How important is having a digital presence as a candidate, such as using LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is so critical, but I think especially as a candidate. LinkedIn enables applicants to have a digital brand — and sometimes this can be just as important as a résumé. It gives recruiters a more in-depth look into our candidates and what they can offer Colliers. I’d recommend all young professionals strive to keep their profile as updated as possible, in addition to following industry news and professionals. Share updates and engage with others on the platform as well!
Since you’ve joined Colliers, you’ve built out the organization’s North American Internship Program. Can you share more about that with us?
I’m proud to have designed a program for interns all across North America and to have been a part of creating something bigger at our organization. This past summer, we ran a 12-week internship, and for two hours each week, interns from across the continent gathered in a virtual environment for a variety of exciting activities and offerings. One was professional development, where we worked on résumés, interview best-practices and facilitated an early career panel. In addition, we had an executive speaker series presenting seven senior leaders at Colliers. Interns had the chance to ask questions and hear from experts in a unique and intimate setting. We also had team building/social activities, such as a scavenger hunt. Moving forward, we are looking to create more recent-graduate programs and make sure every intern has the opportunity to explore various areas of CRE they may have not known existed.