PHOENIX, AZ, December 20, 2017 – Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Dombey.
Erin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been with Govig & Associates for 2 years. Prior to joining Govig, I worked for Enterprise Holdings in Colorado and British Columbia, Canada. I began my career with Enterprise out of college and am very thankful for all that I learned while I was with that Fortune 500 company. After 12 years, it was time for me to make a move; that move was bittersweet. While I loved the company, I no longer saw myself with that organization but was unwilling to go somewhere that did not align with my values or what I wanted in a company culture. The moment I walked into Govig & Associates, I realized that this was the perfect place for me and this was the next, and hopefully, final chapter in my career, meaning I want to retire from Govig & Associates. At Enterprise, I was lucky to work in multiple capacities and learn a strong baseline of business. At Govig, I get to utilize this knowledge but also grow my skill set, but more importantly, grow in a different way than I have professionally and personally. I am one of the Division Managers at Govig and as I see my current state and my future, I am beyond excited about the opportunity for growth; for myself but more importantly, for my team.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Making a change into a new industry always has its challenges. I think the biggest challenge for me was me getting in my own way. I worked 12+ years with an organization that I learned from the ground up. Then I moved into an industry and began to lead not fully knowledgeable about the recruiting industry or the pharmaceutical industry, which is where we recruit. When I say I was in my own way, I first attempted to make a direct correlation to how I did things in my old world and tried to make them fit into my new world. In time, I recognized I needed to understand my own skill set and what I could offer. I then needed to learn the business I was entering (I’m still learning). Once I did this, I was able to lead and guide my team. The biggest learning in this was that my management style will continue to evolve and grow and business(s) will be ever changing. So, my having the ability and willingness to adapt and adjust as needed is such a significant part of my ability to coach and manage. With that being said, while it was a struggle, it wasn’t significant because I have amazing leadership who offer(s) me the ability to first be me; second, hone in on my strengths and third, is confident in my ability. This type of leadership trickles down to the rest of the team.
Please tell us about Govig & Associates.
Govig & Associates is an Executive Search firm. We “change Lives Everyday’ by helping candidates and clients find the right match for high level roles in multiple industries. I am part of the Biopharma team. We work with Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies. There are 17 people on our team and we have over 20 years of experience in this space. We are known for helping clients find the right cultural fit for their companies but more importantly, we are known for being the business partner that tells the client what they need to hear instead of what they want to hear and sometimes it’s the ugly truth. What I am most proud of is the fact that we (there are 5 divisions’ total and 80 employees in our company) have a passion for what we do. We are not transactional in our efforts and we believe in building relationships with people we work with. What separates us from others is our commitment to our clients and our candidates. In addition, we believe in doing the right thing, not putting ourselves first but doing what is right for the business; the business in our clients, candidates and colleagues. In addition, ongoing learning is crucial. We are always looking 5-10 years out and staying ahead of the curve by way of employee engagement, external interaction and having continued education from the vantage point of business but also of the ever evolving world.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I think we all learn from every step in our lives. I am not sure I would do anything differently. I would say that I would take more risks and would have had more confidence in myself earlier in my career.
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