Brief Interview with a Recruiter

Jim Shaver is the owner of Shaver Associates LLC, a greater Chicago Recruiting company.


After a decade of recruiting experience, Jim Shaver elected to open his own recruiting office in 2006.

Jim has recruited nationwide for many of the leading manufacturers and distributors in both the Sanitary Maintenance and Food Service Industries. In addition, he has recruited for all levels of an organization ranging from a Vice- President level position to a Sales Representative role.


Jim was kind enough to take a little time out from his December and answer a few questions for us.


Q: What is the best business advice that you ever received & who gave it to you?

A: The best business advice I received was from my first boss in recruiting.  He indicated that you have to have a certain tenacity/ persistence. You will get an awful lot of “no” responses before you get a “yes” don’t take it personally and push thru.


Q: How did you become a recruiter?

A: I actually responded to an ad in the newspaper for a company looking to hire recruiters. At that time I was going thru a little soul searching on what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to help others in some capacity but this was a nice opportunity to get paid while doing so.

Q: What made you decide to open your own business?

A: After spending 9 yrs. working as an employee, I believed that I had established enough contacts to be successful on my own. I like the thought of creating a business and working at it to make it grow.

Q: What do you think are the most important employee qualities that companies need?

A: Versatility/ adaptability you have so many positions nowadays where you are asked to do a whole lot more than what was on your initial job description. All companies are doing more with fewer people and this means being able to successfully adapt to an increased workload.

Q: What advice would you offer to employees that want to be top performers?

A: To stand out, you really do need to go that extra mile to help your employer have continued success.


Jim has added his experienced voice to help each of us to provide value as employees.  Thank you, Jim.


“You have to practice success.  Success doesn’t just show up.  If you aren’t practicing success today, you won’t wake up in 20 years and be successful, because you won’t have developed habits of success, which are small things like finishing what you start, putting a lot of effort into everything you do, being on time, treating people well.”

~ Michelle Obama


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