Although Marivel Martinez, known as Mari to her coworkers, worked in the recruiting and staffing industry prior to starting at Sharp Decisions, she says the company has provided her with more than a job – Sharp Decisions has unexpectedly become her extended family. Mari is Sharp Decisions’ Recruiting and Sales Coordinator, but her value to the company extends beyond her job title.
Before working at Sharp in 1998, Mari was a word processor for another staffing firm, but longed for a position with growth at a company that had a bright future. After meeting Sharp Decisions CEO Karen Ross, she knew this was the company. This began Marivel Martinez’s more than 15 year-long career at Sharp Decisions.
“Right away I could tell that she was feisty, or spunky – upbeat!” she said.
These are words Mari’s coworkers use to describe her as well. There’s never a dull moment with Marivel Martinez.
“She is very assertive,” senior recruiter Carl Noel joked.
“I get on them to do their jobs and they don’t like to hear about it,” Mari joked back.
The company has become a second home to her, and the Sharp Decisions staff, a family.
“It was getting to know a whole new family. I tell a lot of people that you cannot duplicate this environment because we all get along,” she said. “I can fight with the guys and then say, ‘ok let’s have lunch’ and we come here and we eat together and joke around.”
Mari loves working at Sharp Decisions because of its fun, energetic environment.
“It gives me the freedom to be the way I want to be, the way I am, to have my moments where I’ll clown around and then I’ll turn around and get right back to work,” she said. “A lot of jobs you can’t do that, which is why I say you can’t duplicate this environment.”
Aside from viewing Mari as a friend and the company’s overprotective sister, the recruiters also see her as a motivated go-getter.
“Mari is very thorough and organized,” Noel said.
In her early days at Sharp Decisions, she performed her responsibilities as assigned, but soon realized that acting preemptively and moving the recruiting process faster was beneficial for all parties involved.
“I realized because of what we do, always to move things forward and to facilitate as best I can,” she said.
Rather than just submitting a candidate to a hiring manager, Mari followed up with the recruiter, found out when the candidate was available for an interview, and sent all information to the hiring manager at once – cutting the process in half and pushing the clients to the front of the line.
“One day I submitted someone for [junior recruiter] Karl Klein and I knew the client had already given us interview times so instead of sending the ‘please take a look at this candidate,’ I knew to go to him and say, give me times this candidate can interview,” she explained. “The person we submitted got the interview right away and the candidate got the job!”
Klein commented in an e-mail, “I like your forward thinking.”
“I’m pretty WUSIWUG (What You See Is What You Get), as they say,” Mari laughed.
Mari may be WUSIWUG in the office, but to her co-workers, she’s the big sister and the go-getter.