We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Erdeljac and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’ve been working remotely for the past 10+ years so not much has changed on that front. The downside is that I miss traveling. I love the energy of meeting people and am eager to get out and collect experiences. Recruiting is an extension of my life, bringing people together and being involved with finding their next “home” is an honor and I’m deeply appreciative to be a part of that process and part of that process involves connecting in-person, so I’m definitely eager to get back to that. Balance is important both professionally and personally. Professionally, my thinking is more flexible and I have developed deeper connections with clients and candidates. Personally, taking care of myself is a priority. I’m a huge fan of exercise and make it my priority to break a sweat every day. In fact, I’m training for two Spartan Races in 2021! For me, exercise is therapeutic and my happy place, so balancing work, exercise and family time is key for me. As you know, 2020 has been challenging for all of us and my mantra has been ‘embrace the chaos.’ I would like to believe that all of the challenges are preparing me for something bigger and it’s been a reminder that there’s always something to be thankful for.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As I mentioned earlier, food and hospitality is at the center of my life and I think that when you love what you’re doing, you’re happy and others can see and feel it. I’ve encountered several challenges throughout my career and honestly I don’t mind it, I kinda like resistance, it reminds me that I’m alive! You know what they say, ‘smooth seas never made a skilled sailor.’ Positivity is a choice and I’m an eternal optimist.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many wonderful restaurants and places to visit in Sugar Land and the surrounding cities. I would definitely take them to Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co. for brunch because they have the best omelettes and Belgian waffles, then we would go for a long bike ride at Brazos Bend State Park, visit Slowpokes to boost our energy (great coffee!) and for dinner, Japaneiro’s. Sushi is my favorite food and they are the best! Some of my favorite places to visit in Houston include; Memorial Park (be sure and check out the new Eastern Glades, so beautiful), White Oak Music Hall (best place to see live music!), Houston Graffiti Building (Houston is full of talented artists and street art), a’Bouzy (one of my favorite restaurants) LA SICILIA Bakery & Café (incredible baked goods!) and Houston Improv Comedy Club (who doesn’t love to laugh?!)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I started my hospitality career at the age of 18, working for Macaroni Grill in Sugar Land, TX and later Truluck’s in Houston, TX, and now as a Talent Acquisition Recruiter for Compass Group USA. Food and hospitality has always been at the center of my life. I have been extremely fortunate to work under many inspiring leaders that took a chance on me when I was starting out my career and for that, I’m very grateful. They taught me that if you want something, go after it and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I think too many times we’re afraid to ask questions because we want others to think that we have the solution or already know the answer, but for me, asking thoughtful questions has helped my career grow and improve over time. The biggest takeaway that I’ve learned from all of my mentors is that passion and enthusiasm goes a long way and gratitude will take you far in life.