College Recruiting Manager is one of many positions within Human Resources. One of our favorite recruiters, Brook Luedke, gives us a glimpse into the role.
After graduating from Missouri State University in 1999 with a Hospitality and Restaurant Administration degree, I started my Hyatt career as a Food & Beverage Corporate Management Trainee at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. After completing the program, I was promoted to the position of Skies Restaurant Manager. I then changed the direction of my career, moving from Food & Beverage to Human Resources.
The best professional advice I have ever received is “you don’t get, what you don’t ask for” and if I hadn’t followed that advice, I possibly wouldn’t have had the opportunity to transition into Human Resources. While still in the position of Restaurant Manager, I attended a Hyatt leadership meeting and during a breakout session, shared with the attendees at my table my desire to move into Human Resources, specifically College Relations. I thought nothing of it at the time, but one of the attendees remembered the conversation and encouraged me to apply when the position of College Relations Coordinator at Hyatt’s Corporate Office became available.
In 2000, I moved from Kansas City to Chicago to become the College Relations Coordinator. In June 2002, I was promoted to Employment Manager at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. In 2005, I was promoted again and became the Director of Human Resources at the Hyatt Regency Lisle. Two years later, I returned to our Corporate Office as a College Recruiting Manager.
My role as a College Recruiting Manager is all about connecting with both current students and recent graduates and assisting them in finding the right position within our company. I work closely with the Executive Level Directors at our hotels, Professors at our partner universities, as well as the Directors and Career Services teams on the campuses I visit every semester.
When I’m not working, I love to spend time at one of my two favorite Hyatt destinations (hopefully I don’t offend my friends at hotels I am not mentioning) the Grand Hyatt New York or Hyatt Regency Curacao. Grand Hyatt New York is one of my favorites because I love the hustle and bustle of the city and the hotel’s location. I assisted with the opening of the Hyatt Regency Curacao and the hotel holds a special place in my heart. I love that Curacao is a place you can go and truly be on island time!
If a recent college graduate aspired to have my position, a good starting position would be within our Corporate Management Training program, preferably in either Rooms or Food & Beverage Operations. I feel it is important that if you are selling our company and program (which is essentially what we do), you have first-hand knowledge and can speak to the day-to-day experiences future students will have while working with Hyatt.
My co-workers are part of what has kept me with Hyatt for the past 13 years, understanding that I also LOVE what I do! As a Hyatt employee, I am able to provide suggestions, give input, and I am consistently challenged. I feel these aspects are what keeps Hyatt employees engaged and happy.