A coffee with a NetSuite recruiter: AJ Johnson
In London, New York and Melbourne, the Anderson Frank team work their socks off to help find great people great NetSuite jobs.
We recently spoke with one of our New York consultants, Alanna “AJ” Johnson. AJ has worked for Anderson Frank since November 2015 and talks to Stephen Silver about how she got into the industry, and what she does to help clients.
Name: AJ Johnson
Job Title: Senior Recruitment Consultant
Education: Iona College
Anderson Frank office: Tampa, Florida
How did you get your start at Anderson Frank?
I actually applied online through my university’s website. I knew that I wanted to get into sales but didn’t really know much about the recruitment industry. The interview definitely struck a chord – I knew this was something I wanted to do and get involved in. I was sold on the opportunity.
Tell us what it’s like working as a recruiter. What’s your favorite part of the job?
That’s tough – there’s so many great things about this job. I would say overall it’s the experience, your ROI is priceless. You learn, you grow, you have endless opportunities every day and you’re in charge of it all. I love my team and the people I work with. I don’t think you’ll find a group of people quite like this anywhere else.
How do you help people find work in the NetSuite community?
In the past 18 months, I’ve learned that there’s a ton of ways we can assist people. Some of my biggest successes were from marketing a candidate’s profile to clients locally, or clients in the same vertical/industry this person has experience in. Aside from that, you can always apply to my jobs through Anderson Frank, reach me on LinkedIn or just call.
What advice do you have for anyone looking for a job in the NetSuite world?
Get as much exposure to the platform as possible. Take the NetSuite certifications, as employers love that. Get partner and end user experience, learn development; always be ahead of the curve.
What’s the biggest mistake you see job seekers make?
Not having NetSuite experience highlighted or included in your resume. Knowing that our clients are NetSuite specific, this is crucial; accentuating these skills are a make or break.
For employers, I’d say not understanding the market and learning from our consulting. For an example, although Netsuite is a cloud-based software that can be used from anywhere, a lot of employers still prefer to have NetSuite developers on-site 5 days a week.
Limiting remote flexibility narrows the candidate pool significantly. Less than two percent of the NetSuite market is unemployed, so the gap in the market will widen if you open up flexibility for remote workers.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love being out in nature, travelling, DJing, reading, working out and going out to great restaurants. I’m really close with my family and I love to enjoy good company.
What’s your advice to anyone looking to pursue a career in NetSuite?
The NetSuite market is ever-evolving; you need to change with it.