June 21, 2016

TCG’s Got Talent

by Maureen Sullivan, Vice President of Talent Acquisition  

I am an HTML Goddess!

Or at least, I was, once upon a time. It was 1995 and building websites was a mysterious and magical craft. Being given that title — it was my official title! — exemplified one of TCG’s most positively distinct qualities — our desire to celebrate and encourage our employees’ unique talents.

Today I’m TCG’s Vice President of Talent Acquisition. Somehow that title doesn’t have the same ring to it as HTML Goddess did. In fact, I think it makes me sound like someone who books acts for a TV variety show. But in a strange way, “acquiring talent” for TCG and “acquiring talent” for a variety show have certain characteristics in common. TV variety shows want to hire the most unique and gifted individuals, whose talents and personalities have the power to transcend the small screen. TCG, too, is looking for people who are positively distinct — people who are not only exceptionally talented, but who are intelligent, collaborative, fair, honest, and open; people who prove their value, and value their families. In other words, we are looking for people who aren’t just exceptionally good at what they do; we’re looking for all-around exceptional people — people who transcend the ordinary and epitomize the core values that are the bedrock on which TCG stands.

It’s not easy to get hired by TCG. Depending on the position you’ve applied for, you may go through anywhere from two to four interviews (for TV talent, these would be the equivalent of 2 to 4 auditions), with a technical test thrown in sometimes for good measure. But when the offer is extended, you can be sure that we think you’re a great fit for TCG and we think TCG is a great fit for you. Despite our rigor, we must be doing it right because our hiring results are far better than other companies in our industry, our turnover is far lower, and we’ve been publicly recognized as a great place to work an almost embarrassing number of times.

While I sometimes miss my old title of HTML Goddess, I’m finding that with each new TCGer we hire, my Talent Acquisition title seems to fit me better and better. It has a certain je ne sais quoi, don’t ya think?