Name: Jill Spry
Company: State Farm Insurance Companies
Title: Agency Recruiter
Brief description of your job responsibilities: To attract new talent to our agency and guide candidates through our selection process.
Cable Member Since: 2010
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): I have a dual membership with RUTHERFORD Cable. I have been a part of the Networking Committee for Nashville Cable and PowerConnect Brentwood and Donelson. I currently serve on the Member Services and Retention Committee and Programs Committee for RUTHERFORD Cable.
Why did you decide to join Cable? As a recruiter for a Fortune 50 company, networking with professional women was a high priority. Though my initial decision to join Cable was for business purposes, I have grown and developed both personally and professionally. The biggest benefit for me is that I have gained lifelong friends and mentors.
What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? By attending monthly meetings, I have gained insight and acumen into industries, organizations and charities that I might not normally be exposed to. The mentoring and relationships I’ve gained through Cable are priceless.
How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Joining Cable can be life-changing. The connections I’ve made have improved my business, provided me with growth and development, and exposed me to both issues and opportunities in my community.
What would you say has been your biggest career achievement? As a recruiter, I literally get to change the trajectory of individuals and their families. The increased income, freedom and flexibility our career provides is just the tip of the iceberg. My job satisfaction comes when an agent I recruited calls to thank me for changing their life for the better. In one recent letter I received, the agent thanked me for providing her with a career opportunity that has allowed her to send her daughter to medical school debt-free!
What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? A couple of years ago, I was not selected for a promotion that I highly anticipated. What helped me get through it was viewing the bigger picture. In my past, I’ve been guilty of being a workaholic and placing a great emphasis of my identity on my career; not being selected for the promotion allowed me the freedom and flexibility to spend the last two weeks of my mother’s life at her bedside. Seeing the bigger picture and focusing on what is truly important has been the biggest blessing.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Know what you value and what you believe, and act accordingly. Let your values and your beliefs drive every decision you make, even when it’s hard.
What was your very first job? My dad owned a construction company, and my mom would enlist my sisters and me as the cleanup crew on job sites to prepare for the various inspections required. I cleaned every toilet in Stones River Manor assisted living facility addition! My boyfriend (now husband) also used to pay me 50 cents a bucket to pick pimento peppers on his farm. My first “big girl” job was as an accounts payable clerk for our local pharmacy.