My name is Maryam Becker and I work as a Campus Recruiter in Headquarters Talent Acquisition in Minneapolis. I’ve been with Target for 5 years with my time doing staffing and recruiting for Target Headquarters. It’s a pretty fun gig to meet all the talented individuals that I do and help make their day when I offer the job. I pretty much yell, ‘YAY!’ every time a candidate accepts an offer from me. It may sound unprofessional, but I personally believe that it’s important to be real and who I am with the candidates I interact with. I love that I can have such a positive impact on people’s lives as they plan their career and walk them through what they want out of their career to help make an important decision for them in their life.
Two of my biggest values are balance along with personal growth and development. Which is also part of the reason I chose Target to start my career in. I have so much pride in the fact that I knew leaders I would work with would continuously invest their time in helping with my personal growth and development and instilling that balance for me to participate in activities outside of my work-life if I asked for it. Not to mention that they show interest in what I do outside of work is something I appreciate because it allows me to bring myself to work every day. My colleagues know that I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, a president of an alumni organization and a peer to some pretty outstanding professionals if I must say so myself.
If you haven’t heard of the author Tom Rath, I’d highly recommend looking into him. He’s written Strengthsfinder, Well-Being, and Eat.Move.Sleep. Target has a high focus on well-being in the five pillars that Tom Rath discusses in this book: Financial, Community, Social, Health and Career. This is such a great example of how this can ground you and help strive for balance. It’s reassuring to know that there are some times where certain pillars will take up more time than others, but again it’s not all the time and a reminder to everyone is you control that. Definitely an art, not a science and something I work to strive for everyday and I can’t say how thankful I am to have an employer to support this not only at work, but in my entire lifestyle.
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