Meet Franklin, Tennessee native Kay Johnson. Kay joined Asurion nearly a year ago as a Corporate Recruiter, bringing with her a strong recruiting background and a passion for what she does.
Now residing in Nashville’s booming Gulch neighborhood, Kay’s personal life is full of snuggles with her dog, Simon, watching movies, spending time with family and friends, traveling, boxing, and listening to music. Read on for more about Kay’s professional life and tips straight from this recruiter!
Asurion Careers: What’s your career history and how did your path lead to Asurion?
Kay Johnson: I majored in Communications-Advertising at University of Tennessee, Knoxville and from there, I held an extensive career in the wholesale/retail industry, building, recruiting, and leading teams in New York, Atlanta, and Nashville for companies such as, Tommy Hilfiger USA, David Yurman, and Restoration Hardware. After working as an Executive Recruiter for The Hadden Group in Nashville, I took a role with Mars Petcare, as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. There, I placed top talent in business functions such as Sales, Commercial, R&D, and Legal. I was recruited to Asurion last year and now recruit for both Finance & Program Management.
AC: What sparked your interest in recruiting and what’s different about recruiting at Asurion, versus previous experiences?
KJ: I have always been passionate about connecting people to their own passions and careers, and having a hand in their success and growth. Asurion candidates are enthusiastic about our company, technology, and finding a great place to work. The candidates I’ve hired often tell past co-workers and friends about Asurion, which leads to great referrals.
AC: What roles do you primarily recruit for? What are you seeking from your candidates?
KJ: Right now, my primary functions are Finance and Program Performance Management.
In Finance, the roles can cover FP&A, Accounting, Treasury, Payroll, Revenue, Obligor, and Claims. These candidates typically have backgrounds in Finance and Accounting and are passionate about financial analysis, modeling, planning, forecasting, trending, and budgeting. They are often masters of Excel and other databases.
Program Performance Management is part of our Risk Management team. This function assesses market trends and utilizes risk assessment to forecast claim costs, new client and product opportunities, and business process changes.
AC: Last, what advice would you like to give candidates seeking a role that you’re recruiting for?
KJ: You have approximately 60 seconds to present yourself in a resume, so make sure it’s concise, clear, and showcases your expertise and competencies. Apply and network for positions in which your skill set and experiences meet the scope and requirements of the role. I look for candidates with strong internal and external customer-facing skills and who think strategically. You must be comfortable and confident to drive decisions based on ambiguous and imperfect information in Asurion’s fast-paced environment.
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