The Ranger Group takes pride in hiring some of the greatest employees. One of those great employees is Abby Heausler- who started with The Ranger Group in December 2018.
Where did you grow up?Leawood, Kansas
What was your favorite part about growing up in the Kansas City area?
It was close enough to a big city that there were plenty of concerts and events to go to, but also in a family driven safe town with good schools.
What college did you graduate from and what was your degree?
Kansas State University with a BS in Apparel and Textiles, emphasis on Apparel Marketing and Merchandising
Why did you choose to go to KSU for college?
I actually started at Savannah College of Art and Design where my sister went because they had a great Fashion Marketing program. Once she left, Georgia felt too far away from home and my major’s program was not what I thought it would be. So I transferred to KSU which has one of the top accredited Fashion Programs in the country and 2 hours away from home. It’s funny that I said I wanted to go as far away as possible as a senior in high school and I would not even look at in state schools, but ended up near home anyways!
What were you involved in at school?
In college, I was in the Apparel Marketing club and was the Head Fashion Show Coordinator for the school, I played ultimate frisbee on the KSU club team, and worked on a few photo club projects.
In high school, I played National Club Volleyball, was part of the competitive show choir, did long jump on the track team, and played rec soccer. I also worked part time in local KC boutiques.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love going to concerts, dog parks with my puppy, go shopping, and try new restaurants around the metroplex.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Italy- for the food and fashion.
Where did you work before Ranger?
Neiman Marcus as an Assistant Manager
What drew you to the staffing/sales industry and why did you choose to work at Ranger?
Throughout my retail career I did a lot of recruiting for the shops I managed and knew I eventually wanted to go to the corporate side of things either on the buying team, HR, or recruiting side. I started looking at HR and recruiting positions when I felt a dead end at my retail job. Ranger really sold me on the culture and the challenge of cold calling that I always had fun with in past roles. It seemed like the change I needed and it has been perfect!
What Division do you recruit for and what do you like most about it?
IT and I love learning about the different technologies and talking with engineers. Most of my family consists of various types of engineers and architects, so its a language I understand and enjoy talking about!
What motivates you to work hard?
My future family and being able to travel to see my current family.
Do you have a favorite recruiting moment?
When I had my first start! We were trying to win the business at a client and we had to convince them with quality candidates. We showed them my candidate, waited for months to get him an interview, and then he ended up getting the job! It was a long process, but so worth it!
What is one of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your role?
When candidates back out of an interview. You work hard to find them, they convince you they’re interested in the opportunity you have, and then they back out for some reason or another. In the IT industry, the candidates have a lot of options and you just hope yours is the best offer. You just have to move on and find another candidate that wants it more. I learned to bounce back quickly from others disappointing you.
Since you have been at Ranger for almost a year, what advice do you have for someone looking to get into staffing/sales?
You’re going to get knocked down daily, but if you’re willing to get back up and try harder to find the right people, then staffing is for you. Be driven by the challenge.
What do you hope to accomplish professionally in 2020?
I want to be one of the top 5 producing recruiters in the company.