Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick.
Today I'm interviewing Kathy Jones, our go-to person for just about anything non-engineering at ISE. If you want to work at ISE, you have to get through her first!
Q. How long have you worked at ISE and what did you do prior?
Kathy: I started working at ISE in May of 2017 as the Junior Accountant, and in August I started transitioning into more of a Human Resource role with recruiting and on-boarding. Previously I worked for our family business as the Office Manager / Full Charge Bookkeeper / Human Resource Coordinator. My husband and his brother are very diversified in agriculture and have about 55 employees. They farm around 7,000 acres, have a small trucking company of 20 trucks, operate the local grain elevator in Williamsburg and own and manage a regional distribution center for Dupont. Needless to say, it has been a nice change working at ISE.
Q. You recently attended the Iowa State University and University of Iowa Career Fairs. What are some attributes you look for in new graduates?
Kathy: When we attend the career fairs we are looking for candidates who have good solid technical and analytical skills. Candidates who have a passion for learning and who have done outside projects on their own. At ISE we have a variety of projects and that allows our engineers to work in a multitude of different technical areas. It gives them the experience to dabble in different industries, and where they can learn and use a variety of technical skills.
We are looking for candidates who will be a good cultural fit at ISE - we take great pride in our culture. We also look for individuals who are engaging and who enjoy working with others as part of a team.
Q. ISE is aiming to expand our team by 50% this year. What advice do you have for those looking to join ISE?
Kathy: I would strongly advise prospective candidates that they don’t pad / fluff their resumes. Fluffing your resume will do more harm than good. It will raise the expectations for the employer, and if the candidate is not able to talk knowledgeably about all the skills listed on their resume, it will make the candidate appear to be lacking from a technology standpoint.
Q: What do you most look forward to as ISE grows?
Kathy: I really look forward to the opportunities that come with growth, not only from a business perspective, but from a personal perspective also. I feel that the sky is the limit in terms of growth potential. We are getting new projects in a variety of different industries.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Kathy: I enjoy reading when I have spare time. During the summer I enjoy camping and bike riding. In the fall I enjoy canning - I make a ton of homemade spaghetti sauce, salsa, canned tomatoes, apple pie filing and apple sauce.
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