Employee Spotlight: Brad Lewis

Brad Lewis IT Recruiter Kansas City

 

Every two weeks, we highlight one of our amazing recruiters so you can get to know the Morgan Hunter team a little bit better. This week we spoke with the Brad Lewis, Senior Recruiter in our Information Technology Division!

 

What did you do before you were a recruiter with Morgan Hunter?

I was a recruiter for 12 years with another staffing firm with an Administrative/Clerical specialization. I knew firsthand of Morgan Hunter from competing against them. Last year, I saw how much fun Kevin Durant had – leaving to play for the Warriors and surrounding himself with insanely talented teammates who are passionate about what they do. If it worked for him, why not me? Easiest decision I ever made.

Where did you go to college?

Northwest Missouri State – once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.

What is your favorite ‘90s jam?

Music is too complex to be pigeon-holed into one song. It’s not like a color or a Care Bear or your favorite color of Care Bear. Honestly, I could spend this entire article talking about pop-culture, but I’ll try and be brief. If we’re sticking to only the 1990’s, that takes out A LOT. I mean, that’s pre-Kanye, T-Swift, Beyonce, Biebs and Aubrey Graham. My first cassette tape was New Kids on the Block’s “Hanging Tough” and then I got their “Step by Step” follow up in ‘91. I started forming my own opinion on music with the early 90’s Seattle rock scene – Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana. Green Day’s “Dookie” album was the first compact disc I ever bought with my own money/allowance. Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Aaliyah and the R&B world soon followed. I first heard Tupac my sophomore year of high school and my world changed. My 90’s soundtrack morphed to Snoop, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, Notorious B.I.G., DMX and then at the VERY end, St. Jo’s own, Marshall Mathers. Carson Daily and TRL took up many of my afternoons, so I’m pretty sure the wave of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera fell within that 1990’s timeframe. Obviously, I paid attention to both of them because I loved their songs – no other reason . . .

Brad Lewis IT Recruiter

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

I just came back from lunch, having recently opened my fridge. Let me try and do this off memory: 2 slabs of ribs, a rack of lamb, 2 lbs of cooked hamburger, 3 pounds of cooked pulled pork, 17 eggs, 8 cans of random beer (PBR, Miller High Life, Busch Light, Old Style, Coors Light), 1 Zima, 1 ½ gallons of milk, 7 cans of lime Bubly soda water, 2 things of lime juice, ketchup, mustard (regular and spicy brown), 2 things of BBQ sauce, Zero-calorie butter/spray, 1 jar of pickles, 2 bottles of white wine. That’s all I can remember right now. I’m sure I’m forgetting something. UPDATE: I ate the ribs.

If you won $100 million in the lottery, what would you spend your money on?

I’d take $40MIL and invest it all in Storage Units. Why? Because they have little to no maintenance/upkeep after purchase and continued cash flow. Also, as more and more millennials enter the workforce, Forbes projected that most will change jobs almost annually – which means our workforce will relocate more than ever before and they will need someplace to store their items. Easy money.

I’d take $10 MIL and put it in 2 separate trust accounts for each of my sons. Enough that they can do something with their lives but not enough to do nothing.

I’d take $10 MIL and budget myself to live off it. Nice house, ability to travel, go to concerts/sporting events, etc.

The final $40 MIL? Give back. Rather than giving it to a charity, I’d want more of a personal touch. I’d find random individuals needing help with medical bills, putting food on the table, paying for college, needing clothes for school, moving into a safer neighborhood – anything someone needed to continue their pursuit of happiness. I would donate them the money to do so, anonymously. There is a lot of positivity out there, but not much without any strings attached. It’d be nice to be able to change some perceptions about whether there is still “good” in our world. I wouldn’t be able to help everyone, but even a handful would be worth it.

What would you do if you were given a month sabbatical from work?

Go stir-crazy. I must be active and doing something. While the breaks and piece of mind days are important occasionally, a month, for me, is too long. Is there any way I can just take 2 weeks and save the other 2 for a later time? No? Well, I guess I’d spend 2 weeks with family/friends and then get another job for the final 2 weeks until my sabbatical was over. Ugh, but then I’d have to put my 2 weeks’ notice in the day I start. This is a real zugzwang of a question.

If we were to open your snack drawer, what would we find?

I’m going to give a really boring answer here. I don’t eat snacks – really. Strange, I know. If I’m stretching, you may find a protein bar. Wow.

What should employers expect in the 2018 market?

Expect every resume you see, every candidate you interview, every person you employ to have active offers from 2-3 other companies. Never stop selling why your company and opportunity is the best fit for them. Don’t take for granted the people you’ve already hired. There is a war for talent and if you aren’t aggressive and vigilant, you will lose.

What should job seekers know about the 2018 job market?

If you don’t already know – the job market is booming. Unemployment is down, and companies are hiring. Supply and demand is your friend. Yay, you! Now is as good a time as it’s ever been to assess what you want to be when you grow up. If you’re not there yet, more than likely there’s an open position for it somewhere, right now! Start exploring.

If you could provide one tip to job seekers what would it be?

Recruiters can be your ally. While the market is hot and qualified candidates are in high demand, how do you plan on separating yourself to others that are applying for the same position you are? What if the company never responds back? These are things a recruiting partner can help you with. Some of our clients come to us to help with the 1-2 specific openings they don’t have time to interview/recruit for, so the candidate that is hired often is through a recruiter and not through their website. They might not even post/advertise they have an opening. We can be a strong, added resource for you. Treat us as you would a company you are interviewing with directly and you might be surprised by the results. By the way, we work on your behalf – for free!

 

If you are a job seeker or employer who would like to get in touch with Brad, email blewis@morganhunter.com or call 913-409-1155.