Get to know Amanda Gonzalez: Director of Human Resources
1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?
As the Director of Human Resources, my role at GeoLinks is to recommend how to strategically manage people as business resources within our company. This includes recruiting and hiring employees with specific skill sets to meet the company’s current and future goals, coordinating employee benefits, and suggesting employee training and development strategies. My position also requires me to advise managers and the executive team on issues related to employees, and how they can help the organization achieve its goals. HR deals with people, and that means investing in developing skills for the future, building loyalty and commitment, building a talent pipeline, and staying current and competitive within the market.
2. What got you to the position you are in today…what came before GeoLinks?
I worked in healthcare administration for 7 years prior to my employment with GeoLinks. I started off in HR and recruiting and worked my way up into a Director of Operations role in home health. Working in home health can be very difficult as you deal with sick patients and grieving families. This aspect of health care was particularly difficult for me to encounter on a daily basis. Eventually, this led me to wanting to explore other career opportunities in an entirely different field. Although I love healthcare, my job search led me to become interested in looking for employment in tech. My research eventually lead me to GeoLinks, and the rest is history!
3. What’s something that most GeoLinks’ clients might not know about GeoLinks’ company culture?
GeoLinks embodies what it means to have a company culture that is truly family oriented. I loved that within the first 2 weeks of starting with GeoLinks, I met many of my coworker’s children. It’s not uncommon that you see kids running around the office and playing in our game room. GeoLinks treats their employees like family. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that GeoLinks has created a culture that promotes the importance of family within and outside the workplace.
4. For anyone reading wishing to apply for a position at GeoLinks, any insider tips?
Get connected, research, and reach out! Do connect with us on LinkedIn. This will prompt you to check out what we do and do more research on the company. There is nothing I love more than a candidate reaching out and saying, “Hey, I see you are hiring, and based on my research this is why I’m a great fit for GeoLinks…..” That is a total mic drop, for me. Check out our current job postings on our career page.
5. Outside of work…what is your favorite pastime or hobby?
I love to travel! Traveling, and learning about different cultures is a passion of mine. There is nothing better than being in a different part of the world and immersing yourself in their food and culture. I also love to learn languages. I currently speak 2, and want to learn another. I’d like to learn 7 in my lifetime.
6. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?
I am deathly afraid of birds. I mean hyperventilating, panic attack, hysterically crying fear of birds. I know this is a weird phobia. However, this stems back to when I was little and my uncle had a mean rooster in his backyard. The rooster would attack me whenever I wanted to go in the yard to play with my cousins.
7. What’s your favorite (either personal or work-related) tech product or device? Why?
Probably Cliché, but my Samsung Galaxy S9. I do everything from shopping to taking photos with my phone. My relationship with my phone is probably unhealthy lol.
8. You are allowed to do anything you want, anywhere in the world, for one whole day…what do you do and where do you go?
That’s easy, I’d be in Barcelona eating at my favorite tapas, Cerveseria Catalana. If you ever go to Barcelona this is a MUST!!
9. Do you have a favorite quote or mantra you live by?
Keep moving forward – Walt Disney
10. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of your future with GeoLinks?
Growth! We are on the brink of a lot of exciting opportunities happening within our company, and I can’t wait to see where all this leads us to.