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Alumni Spotlight: Hanover Recruiting at University of Virginia

Laura_bwUniversity of Virginia – Laura Buzzelli, Client Solutions Director

What’s been your most memorable experience with Hanover, to date?

Last March I got to go on-site to visit two of my clients in Texas. Before this trip, I’d met a handful of my local clients face-to-face, but I’d never traveled out of town to meet with a client before. Although I’d done a lot to prepare ahead of the trip, I was nervous about the pressure of an on-site meeting – especially because one of the meetings had a $200,000 sale on the line. The days were long and exhausting, but the trip was great professional development for me. It required meeting facilitation, answering difficult questions on the spot, and proscribing the appropriate next steps from the conversation. Ultimately, we also came home with the signed contract for the expanded partnership, which was a pretty great feeling!

What skills can new Hanoverians expect to learn?

I think one of the most critical skills to success at Hanover is coachability. One of the best parts about working at Hanover is that you have the opportunity to grow with the company. It is a great place to work as a young professional because you will be presented with tons of opportunities for professional development, stretch projects, and challenges to solve. However, your ability to accept and internalize feedback is crucial to your ability to take advantage of the growth opportunities the company offers. You won’t always get things right on the first try or respond to situations perfectly, and it’s essential that you be receptive to coaching in those instances. If you are, you will be presented with opportunities to take on additional projects, to learn new skillsets, and to develop as a young professional. Feedback will come to you from all angles – from your direct manager, from your peers, even from the executives – but unless you’re open to receiving it, you won’t grow from it.

Why did you choose Hanover, and why should others work here?

I came to Hanover because of what I’d heard from other employees. I had two friends who worked here, and they spoke of the collaborative team spirit, the opportunities for growth, and the fast-paced work environment. I was a career changer when I started at Hanover, having gotten my Master’s at the Curry School and spent four years teaching high school English, so I was excited to come in to a company where I felt I’d be supported to learn a very different skillset. You should come to Hanover if you’re looking for a company where you are friends with your coworkers; where you’re supported but challenged every day; where you have the ability to both work autonomously and collaboratively toward goals; and where you will learn skills that will be transferrable to your long-term career goals, no matter where those take you.

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