Newest Team Member Joins The Arland Group

by Emily Pirraglia

1 March, 2013

Only a month ago I was rubbing elbows with babies on a daily basis. As the newest team member at The Arland Group, I can confidently say that my coworkers are now older, wiser and much more engaging.

My experience between serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA and joining TAG was a difficult time. I began my job search optimistic, excited to discover a “perfect fit” company while covering my expenses babysitting. I submitted applications, attended interviews and wrote too many thank you notes to count. Still, my efforts left me empty-handed. My enthusiasm was painfully replaced with despair by the time I heard about TAG’s account manager position.

Up until my conversation with TAG, many of my interviews had the characteristics of a blind date. Awkward, uncomfortable and loaded with judgmental stares, they were tedious acts in a drawn-out play. In each interview it was clear I was the only one in the room being vetted.

Applying to and interviewing with TAG was a refreshing change to my job search experience. Even in my initial interactions I felt respected, valued and like a potential asset. I became convinced that TAG and I were a great fit, and realized that if my enthusiasm wasn’t mutual I would have a hard time returning to the plight of the unemployed. Thankfully, it was, and my excitement about TAG and the passionate folks here has yet to wane.

I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of this team and to learn from and grow with them in this new role. The respectful interaction I received from TAG during my job search is the same intentional employee engagement we advocate for our clients. I am proud to work for a company that tailors great employment branding for others while fully embracing it in their own culture.