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Sara Sherry wasn't content settling for an administrative position. She wanted to climb to the top. But Sara's ambitions deterred potential employers, and several interviews and no job later, Sara had enough. She and a college friend launched Mixed Staffing and Recruiting and went about educating employees about the importance of job preparedness in an effort to place women and minorities in the jobs of their dreams. 

Sara grew up in a middle-class family and admits she never really had to struggle. But now that her work has put her on the front lines of helping underserved populations obtain work, she sees the need for providing education and resources to those looking for work, no matter their background. "I like to try to understand different lifestyles," Sara said. "I really enjoy putting myself in others' shoes and seeing things from a different perspective." 

Based on her observations, Sara put together a list of top tips for those preparing for an interview: 

  1. Understand the importance of an application. Make sure there are no errors in spelling or grammar. Fill out every question to its fullest. And if you have questions, ask. 
  2. Understand the importance of a resume. List job-related accomplishments and experience. 
  3. Understand the importance of the interview. Prepare for the interview by quizzing yourself with mock questions. Do a little research about the company and your potential employer. Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer.

Mixed Staffing is made up of three divisions: mixed professional staffing and recruiting, mixed workforce staffing, and mixed diversity and inclusive staffing and recruiting. Although the tangible results of Sara's work can be seen in the dozens of employees placed in new positions since the launch of her company, her work creates a communitywide movement of greater understanding.

"Remove the box," Sara said. Judge a potential employee on their work ethic, not their name, gender, or the color of their skin. 

Read more about Sara Sherry in the October/November 2012 issue of West Michigan Woman. 

Written by: Erika Rose is West Michigan Woman magazine's staff writer. 


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