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Campus Recruiting

Meet the Campus Recruiting Team

January 26, 2018
Tarah Harkins
Director, Campus Recruiting & Pipeline Development

Meet the Campus Recruiting Team

Where you are originally from? Ocala, Florida – Right smack dab in the center of the state. We’re famous for horse farms, rolling hills and lots of retirees. 

Where did you attend school? University of North Florida in Jacksonville. It’s a great school with beautiful nature trails and faculty that have all worked in both the professional and academic arena. I’m proud of my alma mater – even though we don’t have a football team. 

What is the best thing a candidate has done to wow you or show their appreciation? During an interview, a candidate and I spoke about a book we both enjoyed and he mentioned the author had written a new book. I shared that I hadn’t read it. A few days later, he sent me the new book along with a very thoughtful handwritten thank you card. 

 

 

Lauren Hearon
Talent Advisor, Campus Recruiting 

Meet the Campus Recruiting Team

What area do you specialize/support in recruiting? I help support our ADP-Information Technology and Internship program, our ADP-Finance program, and our Corporate internship program including Compliance, Accounts Payable, Cash Solutions, and Risk Management to name a few.  

What are some of the schools you individually attend/recruit at? In Florida, I help support FSU, UCF, and University of Tampa, though it slightly varies on our team/schedules.  I also had the opportunity to support Penn State, College of Charleston, University of Memphis, Georgia Tech, and a few others.

What is your favorite part of working here? Without a doubt, the people.  The people here invest in getting to know you, both on a personal and professional level. I have the consistent mentorship and support from my team to be successful in any endeavor I put my mind to.  I feel so privileged to come into the office each day and genuinely want to be here, working with such incredible people.

 

 

Bianca Melendez
Recruiting Coordinator, Talent Acquisition 

Meet the Campus Recruiting Team

What do you like to do for fun/on the weekends? I love going to local brewery’s and spending time with friends and family. 

How long you have been with Raymond James? Since April 2017. 

What is your favorite part of working here? My favorite part about working at Raymond James is the culture. Starting my career at Raymond James was very scary, because I had never worked at a corporate firm before and had no idea what to expect. That being said, Raymond James has showed me time and time again that it stands apart from other corporate firms. The people here are extremely nice and there are always fun events being held. When someone tells you that Raymond James is a big company with the smaller company feel, they aren’t lying!

 
 
Grace Blankenship
Senior Talent Advisor, Campus Recruiting 

Meet the Campus Recruiting Team

How long have you been with Raymond James? Three years in February! 

What area do you specialize/support in recruiting? Marketing, Assistants to the Chairman, PCG Education and Practice Management

What are some of the schools you individually attend/recruit at? University of Florida, Penn State, University of South Carolina, Florida International University, University of Chicago, Northwestern and University of Virginia.

 

 

 
Shanti Muddappa
Senior Talent Advisor, Campus Recruiting 

Meet the Campus Recruiting Team

What do you like to do for fun/on the weekends? On weekends, I’m usually out for dinner and drinks with friends or home relaxing. I also love to travel and take weekend getaway road trips for hiking, vineyards, girls’ spa weekends, etc.

What are some of the schools you individually attend/recruit at? In Investment Banking, we recruit at 15 different schools nationwide, some of which include Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Duke University, Boston College, University of Florida, UC Berkeley, UT Austin.

What is the best thing a candidate has done to wow you or show their appreciation? I have met hundreds of terrific candidates but one that really stands out to me was a highly motivated junior who took on any obstacle with great confidence. He worked two jobs throughout his three years in college to pay for all his expenses while maintaining his close to 4.0 GPA as a full-time student. His average day was a true juggling act between classes, his two jobs, and leadership and extracurricular activities. He had maybe two to three hours of sleep each day. And all with a smile and a humble approach. His drive and persistence to achieve his goals is definitely a story that inspires.