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CSS Tec Spotlight with Kiersten Schaefer, Senior Technical Recruiter

A rising star at CSS Tec, Kiersten Shaefer’s journey so far has been marked by early triumphs and a genuine passion for her work. From navigating the intricacies of recruitment to utilizing innovative AI tools like ChatGPT, Kiersten’s approach reflects both her dedication and the nurturing environment fostered at CSS Tec.

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Let’s get into the interview with Kiersten!


Describe your biggest win at CSS Tec so far.

I hit the ground running pretty quickly and placed 4 candidates in my first month and a half out of training! I worked hard for it, but my success was also because of the fantastic coaching and support from Caitlin, Kara, and the rest of the team. I can’t take all the credit!


What made you want to join the CSS Tec team?

Everyone I spoke to during the interview process (Kara, Kay, Josh, Connie, and Caitlin) was so down-to-earth, transparent, and warm – I got a sense that the culture at CSS was very positive, inclusive, and supportive, which is exactly what I was looking for! I was also very impressed with the strong relationships that CSS has with clients and the company’s emphasis on candidate and client experience.


What’s a go-to tool that makes your life easier from day to day?

Gotta say it – ChatGPT!! It’s so helpful to generate some questions to ask candidates when I am feeling stumped or don’t fully understand the technology.



What culturally stands out about the CSS Tec team that breeds success?

Transparency and empathy!


A quote go live by and why it matters to you.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. To me, it emphasizes the importance of having the courage to start something new and to trust that things will be ok or work out the way they are supposed to, even if you don’t know exactly what will happen.


Favorite TV Show?

TV Show: Toss-up between Mad Men and Gilmore Girls (basic). Succession was also amazing.


If you could be featured on a song of any musical artist, who would it be and why?

This is a tough one! Maybe Phantogram or Ben Bohmer…. Just two artists I really love!


Something unique about you that we may not know?

I used to live and bartend in Venice Beach (Los Angeles, CA) and San Diego, CA!


Connect with Kiersten directly or reach out to our team of technical and IT resource experts at CSS Tec.