Kimberly Vreman '15

Kimberly VremanMajor: Management
Hometown: Parrish, FL

Describe your current job role:

I work for United Franchise Group as a recruiter. I post jobs, search for resumes, call and skype candidates, conduct in-person interviews, and meet with the hiring team to decide on which candidates to hire. My team also onboards new hires, and puts on in-house career fairs. This year, with the addition of the Titus School of Franchising at PBA, I am also creating UFG's first ever internship program. This will be available to Franchising students at PBA. I have a class of nine students starting January 23rd, 2018. Other tasks of mine include sitting in on meetings for our CEO, editing books and projects, attending trade shows to represent our brand, VentureX, and helping to plan events at the company.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I have always seen how family businesses work, because both of my grandfathers and my dad have always owned their own businesses. In high school, I helped my dad's business by converting all of his paper files to digital. In college, I was the Sponsorship Intern at Sunfest, where I put together sponsors’ booth packages. Another job that I had was Outreach Coordinator for the Palm Beach Men's Group through Campus Crusade for Christ. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

Before becoming a working professional, set your priorities. I didn't realize how much time and energy would go into my work. It can be great! But it can also take over your life if you aren't careful. You'll hear the phrase "work-life balance", but that saying doesn't actually make sense if you think about it. Balancing is 50/50, and for most people, work takes more time than that. When you aren't at work, what are you focusing your time on? Is it intentional time spent on things that make you a better person and satisfy you? It is easiest if you determine what is most important to you and plan how you are going to make time for those things before you start a career, because the things that might be the best for you can often be thrown to the side when life becomes overwhelming.

"...get involved in school activities and try as many internships as possible."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA helped prepare me for the working world mostly through the professors. I was so grateful for professors who communicated in a professional manner which forced me to think that way. I have many professors who became mentors to me, and I could still call them up if I have questions. They gave me opportunities to shine and always made it difficult enough to challenge me and encourage me to succeed.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

As a recruiter, I am constantly looking at resumes. Most of the time, that also includes looking the candidates up on social media. Too often, I see things on candidates' profiles that keep them from even getting a first call from me. As you are applying for jobs and looking at career opportunities, it is so important to keep your social media accounts professional. I can almost guarantee that your future employer will look at one or more of them, and you definitely don't want a picture you were tagged in to prevent them from hiring you.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? 

I am very blessed to have a few mentors in my workplace. UFG has a mentorship program, so I have been assigned a wonderful mentor through that. I have also met other people in the company whom I trust and who are always there to give me specific advice in the middle of a crisis or situation. I am always learning new things and am so grateful for the encouragement and wisdom of my mentors.

 Spotlight posted in February 2018. For current updates from Kimberly, visit her LinkedIn page.