Nicole Nespeca, a Manager in Aon’s Global Talent Acquisition Sourcing team and Editor of the Aon Careers Experience Blog, chatted with one of her team members, Joanne Christmas.
Joanne is a great example of the caliber of professionals who find their way to Aon.
Joanne Christmas is a Senior Recruiter in Charlotte, NC, specializing in payroll, human capital management and shared services roles.
I have yet to meet anyone who embodies the meaning of his or her name as much as Joanne does. Her friendly, helpful and kind personality makes it easy to remember that her last name is Christmas!
Joanne joined Aon on April 4th, 2011. A true networker, Joanne learned of the position from a colleague at Time Warner who recommended her to the Global Sourcing Manager at Aon. Within two weeks, the job was hers.
Joanne isn’t just a great networker and gregarious colleague, but she is also very intelligent. At one time, Joanne was an accountant. She later leveraged her accounting background to begin recruiting accountants. When she decided to change career paths, she went to a local staffing firm to see if they could help her find a job. Instead, they hired Joanne themselves. As Joanne says, “I did not seek this career, it found me.” Interestingly, I hear this from 99% of recruiting professionals I speak to.
Joanne enjoys the endless learning opportunities that Aon offers. She likes that there are so many interesting lines of business within the organization and so much to learn. Joanne says, “Aon is a great place to have a long-term career. I plan to retire from Aon, but not anytime soon.”
Joanne is very devoted to her family, which keeps her very busy. She loves classic movies and is a bargain hunter who frequents thrift stores. Each weekend she searches for new treasures. As Joanne jokes, “It is the thrill of the hunt I like.”
Given that attitude, it sure sounds like she picked the right career path after all.