Job Title:Talent Acquisition Manager
Employer:Mosaic Sales Solutions
Grad Year:2010
Major(s):Political Science
Industry:Human Resources

What makes you a good mentor?

Since leaving Carleton in 2010, the pride of being a Raven has always been a part of my life. My time at Carleton taught me the importance of strong community and the limitless potential each student has when given the opportunity. I excited to be a part of the Carleton team again. The opportunity to be a mentor for current Carleton students and assist them by opening new doors, providing guidance based on my post-graduation experiences, and encourage them to make the most of their time at Canada’s greatest post-secondary institution is a very exciting. For me, it is one of the most important and rewarding things I can do to give back. While I have continued to gain new experiences and hone my skills post graduation, it is always a topic of great pride for me to note the foundations were laid during my time at Carleton through opportunities afforded to me as a first-in family mentor with the Student Experience Office, through my work with the Athletics department, and my three-year tenure as an executive on Carleton’s student associations. During this time, I found that bringing together diverse stakeholders to deliver high quality student social programming was deeply rewarding and it was a key piece of my early development and has instilled in me a desire to give back.

About James Witherspoon

After graduating from Carleton in 2010, I took the opportunity to travel. By becoming an English as a second language teacher, I was able to fund a year abroad in Russia during the lead-up to the Sochi Olympics. While this was the second time I lived in the country (I was a Rotary exchange student there when I was 18) the opportunity to see how the country had changed and engage with the difference between life there and my Canadian home allowed for further reflection on where I wanted to go with my career.

Upon my return home, I opted not to pursue a career in my field of study, but to focus on a people driven career in marketing, sales and recruitment. Starting as an in-field marketing and sales representative, I moved up through the company before eventually transitioning from managing marketing teams in field to finding and engaging talent recruiting them to join our many event teams.

As a recruitment manager for Mosaic Marketing, the largest integrated marketing firm in Canada, I currently lead a team of bilingual recruiters, working in both our central Toronto office and our Montreal office, to recruit on numerous marketing programs for Mosaic’s many clients. This team is designed to excel in the high volume and fast paced marketing agency world. In addition to actively staffing the many programs, my team provides strategic guidance on employment trends, staffing strategies, and acts in an advisory capacity when pitching new business. I am extremely proud of the company I work for, as their corporate culture is one of support, development, and coming together as a team to overcome any obstacle.