Lauren Guzinski ’13


1. What was your major/minor and when did you graduate?

Business Administration and Spanish double Major; graduated in 2013

2. What is your current position (title, company, location)?  Can you describe a typical day?

My day to day focuses on proactive sourcing, interviewing and negotiating offers for new candidates, while also working with hiring managers and business leaders to understand how and why they are looking to fill the roles they have open. There is a dual focus on relating business needs to people and team building. When we aren’t quite as busy hiring, I also spend time on projects that improve hiring processes and experiences for candidate and managers engaging with SAP.

3. How did your major prepare you for your current job?

In school I was always a hard worker, but I never knew what my job would be. As a Spanish major, I learned to respect other cultures which is so important in the human resources field. My Business Administration major provided the foundation of skills that I

use every day: collaboration, communication, negotiation, finance, and statistics.

4. How did you become interested in your field?

The day before graduation, I received an email from a recruiter that the team extended an offer months earlier to another applicant for a positio

n I was interviewing for. Didn’t I receive the courtesy of a rejection email when they filled the jobe? I felt defeated. Desperate for a paycheck, I took a job in recruiting operations. In my own sphere of influence, I was able to help shape the interviewing and recruiting experience for other job seekers—even when the outcome was not the desired outcome. Recruiting found me, but my purpose has lead me further and further into this world.

5. What’s the best career advice you ever received?

At the end of the day, work will still be there. Remember to focus on what’s important outside of work, friends, family, community.

6. Was there a professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you or helped  you when you were at UMW?

Professor Oxford somehow managed to teach me to be real with a flair of grace in my everyday. I still find myself returning to the importance of ‘you attitude’ when working with others.

7. What’s your fondest memory of UMW?

TGIF yoga with Debbie and then Chicken Caesar Wraps with my friends after.

8. Are there any special accomplishments you’ve achieved after college that you’d like to share?

I’ve been named an SAP Catalyst (high potential, high performer, positive impact to the company) for two years in a row. Personally, I’ve also earned my 200 hr RYT, teaching Viniyoga,

9. How would your family or friends describe you in seven words or less?

She sees opportunity in everything she does.

10. In one sentence, what advice would you give current business students? 

You are your biggest advocate, represent and never be afraid to ask for what you think you deserve—the worst anyone can say is no.