Eurick Hilario

Recruitment Coordinator at The Arc of San Diego | LinkedIn

What is The Arc of San Diego?

The Arc of San Diego is the largest, most comprehensive service provider to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Diego County. Through classes, workshops, community living, and individualized counseling, the dedicated staff of The Arc patiently guide individuals with disabilities towards a most self-sufficient life as possible.  The ultimate goal of all programs and services at The Arc of San Diego is to help each individual reach their fullest level of independence.

What is your job and what do you do?

I’m the Recruitment Coordinator at The Arc of San Diego in our Human Resources department. Under the Talent Acquisition Manager, I assist with not only finding top talent, but also those who have a passion for helping people, for the entire organization’s various positions.

I enjoy my role because there is something different every day and it lets me take on different responsibilities to serve the organization outside my main job duties. One day I could be interviewing candidates, another day I could be training new hire employees, doing outreach events such as college job fairs, or visiting one of our facilities to meet and interact with the staff and clients.

Being a recruiter for The Arc of San Diego gives me the opportunity to meet and build meaningful relationships not just with other professionals but also with potential applicants and candidates. It’s an extremely people-oriented role because it requires great customer serving skills.

Do you have advice for a student just starting to gain work experience?

Don’t write off your personal experience. There are things you do in everyday life, especially in school, that could be considered transferable skills in a job. Try to think about the career you’re trying to pursue, research about the skills needed for it or what professionals in that field normally do and tie it to your personal life.

Other than that, the best way to gain work experience is through internships and volunteer work. Internships and volunteer work are extremely valuable to employers when it comes to hiring students or recent graduates. Not only do they give you irreplaceable and hands-on experience, they also help you start building your professional network.

What do you think a student can do between now and graduation to best prepare themselves for future employment?

The best thing to do between now and graduation is to join as many student organizations that interest you as you can. They will help you with finding internships and volunteer work. They are also a great way for you to start building your network through your peers and gain skills such as public speaking, building relationships, and other various skills depending on the student organization.

What kind of experience or skills and qualifications are you looking for?

For The Arc of San Diego, we are generally looking for people who have a passion for helping others and making a difference in the lives of others because that’s our mission. On a more specific level, we look for people who are pursuing a career in the health or medical field such as nursing, psychology, physical therapy, and any other related fields.

At job fairs, what’s one common mistake students make?

One common mistake that students make from what I’ve seen is a lack of preparation. Many students go to job fairs without knowing the companies who will be present. Often times students will come to the table and ask the representative what their company is all about. Employers love it when students do their research about the company they may be interested in applying to because it shows the student’s initiative and interest in the company and it makes a great first impression.

At job fairs, what’s one thing that makes students stand out?

Students stand out in job fairs when they dress professionally, have a clean and easy to read resume, and a great attitude when talking employers.

Final thoughts?

For both current students and recent graduates that want to get relevant experience in the fields of psychology, social work, physical therapy, health/medical care, or anything related, The Arc of San Diego has various positions that could be a great stepping stone for your future career. We are very flexible, so even if you have classes we can easily accommodate your schedule.

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