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Michelle Bridgman, 27, took on the herculean task of integrating modern talent acquisition techniques into a traditional manufacturing environment. As talent acquisition specialist at TAMKO Building Products Inc. in Joplin, Mo., she implemented an online system to replace the 27 paper documents that new hires were previously required to sign. Now, they sign the documents electronically before day one, saving employees and HR from spending four hours of orientation time going through tedious paperwork.
Bridgman also instituted social recruiting practices, using LinkedIn, Instagram, Muse and Twitter. This opened up access to a new pool of hard-to-find skilled candidates for TAMKO, a 1,500-employee family-owned company. “She creates excitement around open positions, which in turn provides hiring managers with eager candidates,” says Shara Gamble, her former supervisor.
Bridgman carefully weaves company culture into every outreach and touch point. With a background in communications, she has a keen eye for employment branding and ensures consistent contact and messaging with every new effort, Gamble says.
Outside the office, she uses her talents to advance the HR profession by serving as the social media director for the Tri State Human Resources Association (TSHRA), the local SHRM chapter. She is also a founding member of TSHRA’s Young Professionals subgroup and is currently studying for the SHRM-CP certification exam.
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