Sabrina Baker, PHR started her human resource career right out of college. Working in the corporate headquarters of a popular shoe retailer, Sabrina earned her HR stripes in a true generalist role. Handling the entire human resource function for 67 retail stores and several corporate departments gave her a great knowledge base that would become the foundation for her career.
Sabrina discovered the challenging world of corporate recruiting while serving as a nurse recruiter for a well established healthcare conglomerate in Chicago. As the only nurse recruiter who was not a certified RN, Sabrina faced a steep learning curve in order to keep up with her counterparts. To add to that challenge, there was a large nursing shortage facing the entire nation. Competition for talent was strong and Sabrina had to be extremely innovative to source, attract and recruit qualified candidates to fill open positions. Going beyond posting jobs and sifting through resumes, Sabrina had to learn how to source passive job seekers and create unconventional recruitment strategies that were unique to each department and position.
Sabrina spent the last seven years of her corporate HR experience in a performance marketing company. She started as a Human Resource Manager in a call center in a small town and was soon promoted to Director overseeing seven call centers. A truly strategic generalist role, each day brought something new. During her tenure as Director, the company decided to branch out overseas. Sabrina was the lead human resource liaison to all international endeavors. In addition, Sabrina was responsible for all recruitment, training and development, succession planning (workforce management) and outplacement activities for each of the centers she managed.
In 2011, Sabrina founded Acacia HR Solutions in an effort to help businesses with each main stage of an employee’s career cycle: talent acquisition (recruitment), training (career and leadership development), succession planning and outplacement. Sabrina is an advocate for job seekers and specifically those who have faced periods of unemployment. Wanting to do her part to help those individuals as much as possible, Sabrina offers a unique recruiting fee structure to encourage companies to consider looking at unemployed candidates differently. In addition, she volunteers her time to many job seeker groups and dedicates weekly posts on her blog to helping job seekers.
Sabrina is an avid networker both online and off. She is active in many Chicago groups and events and can be found on all of the major social networking sites. Feel free to connect directly to learn how Sabrina may be able to help your human capital endeavors.