Karen Rodriguez Testimonial

Why Should You Attend the CSP Staffing and Recruiting Conference?
By Karen Rodriguez

karenAs I reflect and celebrate my 30th year in the staffing industry I truly am thankful to so many whom have come into my life during this time.  While growing up I never thought I would be a business owner in the staffing industry when I grow up. Frankly, I didn’t even know what the staffing industry was!

I found myself needing a “real job” (I was a restaurant manager) and went looking for the “Perfect” job at Lynn Carroll/ITT. I was hired on the spot and started my new career the next day. 30 years later here I am a business owner for the past 15 years.

Back in 2009 I was contacted by a dear person who I worked with for several years before opening my own business. She was speaking at the Inland Empire Chapter of California Staffing Professionals (CSP) and invited me to be her guest. I honestly didn’t know what CSP was but was convinced I must attend. The room was packed with attendees all from different staffing companies, owners, managers and recruiters, I was amazed. The meeting was a great learning experience and I took back all the information shared to my staff.

I returned to the next meeting somewhat hesitant to invite my staff members thinking maybe someone may try to recruit them from me; oh I was clearly wrong about that. I then was informed of the Owners Only Retreat coming up in October. Wow I thought a retreat exclusively for Owners how could I say no. I passed on the wine tour (which I will never do again) but attended all of the sessions and learned so much. I thought wow this group is wonderful and decided to become a member.

The biggest eye opener was Legislative Day!!! Meeting some very informative peers, our Lobbyist Mike Robson, and walking the halls of our Capital spreading the word about what we do for the economy was an experience I will never miss again.

Lastly the annual Staffing and recruiting conference was coming in May. I couldn’t miss that I thought. The conference was in City of Industry (in my backyard) so I included two of my staff members to join me. We walked away with a wealth of information including but not limited to our wonderful Industry partners who had tools to simplify our day to day jobs.

Now several years later I can say I’ve met some of the best people I could ever have imagined. I’ve discovered we’re ALL in the business for pretty much the same reasons and have so much in common because as you know if you’re in the Staffing Industry you’re a pretty special and unique human being.

Enough is enough with my rambling, if you haven’t looked into CSP please do. Don’t miss out on the opportunities CSP has to offer. Whether you are a business owner, manager, in sales or a recruiter CSP has something to offer.

Karen Rodriguez
The Right Choice