First off, Alana is a highly skilled professional with significant background and experience. She was very organized and structured in her presentations and was also a magnificent facilitator for collaborative discussions. Alana provided us a collaborative workshop over a few days enlightening us about many facets of recruiting (abridged list below): 1) Defining ourselves: culture, mission, values 2) Really understanding and defining what role, skillset, and qualities to look for in a candidate 3) Conducting successful phone and onsite interviews 4) How to debrief and assess candidates This workshop fundamentally changed the company's approach to recruiting, which is ultimately the most important component to successfully growing a company. The impact of Alana's workshop transcended beyond recruiting as several other areas of the company were positively impacted: 1) There was newfound sense of unity and alignment after collaboratively defining our culture and values leading to stronger belief in ourselves and the company mission 2) Overall company collaboration and communication improved substantially as we had learned a lot about each other during the workshop 3) This workshop made for fantastic practice in creating structure and building a process around recruiting. We then applied these principles and a similar approach to create structure and build process in other areas of the company Overall this was a fantastic workshop and highly recommended for growing companies, aligning a workforce, and creating significant improvements beyond recruiting.
Kennan MurphySr Product Management • Yext
Alana recruits with passion and meticulous review and judgment. She is personally responsible for building much of the great engineering team at GoPro. Adept at finding, recruiting, advising, negotiating, and importantly CLOSING great candidates with integrity and honesty are her trademarks. Simply a pleasure to work with as someone who negotiates the challenges of a fast growing company with aplomb!
David NorthwayVice President of Programs and Operations • GoPro / Other
Alana and I worked together at GoPro. She helped me build a very talented team there focused on image and video quality. GoPro is located in silicon valley where finding good candidates is not easy (especially in the specialized areas of image and video processing) and added to this, the company was going through massive growth. Alana did an awesome job with not only identifying great candidates but filtering them correctly so that the success rate for both phone and onsite interviews was extremely high. Alana is smart, very hard working, and very fast at grasping the job's requirements. She always has a smile on her face, a very positive attitude at all times, and is very easy to work with. Alana is also an amazing communicator and went to extreme lengths to makes sure that the candidates and the team are aligned on priorities and time frames. She is amazing at what she does, I am yet to work with a recruiter as good as her.
Balu Chowdary AdsumilliManager, Future Media Technologies • Google / GoPro
Do you ever wish you knew what was going on in the head of the HR person looking at your resume? Alana Fulvio knows. And she cares. And she can help you break the logjam and get a job. She provided the most astute and actionable interviewing advice I have ever received and she sculpted my resume into a perfectly balanced work of art. Her insider knowledge kept me a step ahead through my job search and salary negotiation. Best of all she "got me" and helped me see my competitive assets at a higher level of resolution. As a result I have continued to be more confident since working with her. Alana continually went above and beyond the call of duty, meeting and taking calls at short notice in response to late breaking opportunities. She is whipsmart, energizing and dedicated. As a thought leader in recruiting and HR she is truly the best ally a candidate could have. Stop wasting your time and call her.
Hannah D.Resource Conservation Climate Specialist
Alana is a gifted professional in the recruiting space. She helped me while I was still in the discovery phase of my next career step. Specifically, she taught me a very helpful framework that would give me clarity into what I wanted next, but also into what I actually needed. Alana thus helped me set clear boundaries and discover what my next step should look like. Once this was clear, one of the most difficult parts of my work was done. Alana is able to play a very personal role in helping you achieve your career goal. She takes her time to listen and understand your inner needs very well before she comes up with a plan. She truly believes that we all have a potential which we can achieve, if we take the right steps to get there. Once Alana understands your inner needs, she is able to easily unlock any personal or professional limitations and help you fulfill your potential by focusing on the specific areas that need action. I would highly recommend Alana to anyone who needs guidance with their career, seeks help regarding the job market, has uncertainties about the psychological part behind getting your dream job, is interested in recruiting -- her knowledge & experience around the area is incredible; or simply getting to know a gifted soul! :)
Bia IonescuSenior Workplace Services • Slack
Alana has provided career guidance for me multiple times over the last 5+ years. She genuinely cares about you as a person, and that remains priority #1 while she lends her extensive experience in Bay Area (and beyond!) recruiting to your personal situation. Alana will take the time to understand you as a person and provide counseling beyond what could be expected of a typical 'HR-type' looking to fill their next open position. With her inside experience she is able to guide your resume, conversation skills, and expectations to highlight your skills and strengths, and help you expose potential employers to the 'you' they really want to meet. This can be difficult for those with 'engineering minds' like myself who tend to be more objective, and Alana definitely helped me step out of that box. Most recently, I worked with Alana to update and improve my resume. After a single session we had completely re-worked one section of my resume to better reflect 'my voice' and clearly state my accomplishments in a way that highlighted my abilities as well as reflecting my personality. The difference from the initial draft I sent her to the final draft I used for interviews is subtle but dramatic, and I am positive it played a role in the callbacks I received. To hand over a resume that truly represents you makes everything that follows more natural, and that is a HUGE deal when making career moves! Beyond the resume, Alana was there to talk out any concerns, nerves, and provide encouragement throughout multiple levels of interviews and offer negotiations, something that can be overwhelming for someone at any level of professional experience. She has helped me aim higher than I would have on my own and provided the insider confidence I needed to push for the best possible outcomes. Could not recommend anyone higher; do yourself and your future a favor and let Alana guide you through your next professional moves.
Alex CashmanEngineer • GoPro
Alana came to our shop to do a two day workshop on recruiting a few months ago. Going into the session, I wasn't 100% sure what to expect or what was going to come out on the other side. Plus, it was over a weekend, so I wasn't super thrilled, but hey, I'm not in charge of scheduling, so I tried to keep an open mind going into the weekend. Anyway, the sessions were fantastic. Alana was the catalyst for putting structure and a methodology behind our recruiting efforts. Where there used to be three people asking the same questions in slightly different ways was a process where each person had specific targets of information to try to cull from the candidates. Alana helped us sharpen our follow-up questions so when a candidate would say "I want an open culture with work-life balance", we can recognize the situation and immediately follow up and ask for specifics rather than making an assumption that the candidate's definition of work-life balance is the same as mine. It was shocking how many assumptions I used to make when interviewing candidates. Also, Alana taught us that in order to recruit for any position, you need to know yourself and your company values or else you are essentially extending offers and hoping for the best. Our sessions turned unspoken commonalities amongst all employees into a tangible list of traits we now actively seek out along with a questioning methodology to ensure any candidate we extend an offer to is going to be a culture fit with exactly the skills we require. Coming out of the sessions, there was also a new cohesiveness amongst the group which was completely unexpected going into the weekend, as everyone contributed to putting down on paper our culture and values. It was fascinating to see people that were previously not into recruiting get on board with the whole process in a significant way. Alana got relatively introverted engineers psyched up to talk to candidates by giving them a way to ask the right questions to the point where they now take a leadership role in the process. How cool is that? It is not an understatement to say the workshop with Alana was a turning point for this company, and she comes with the highest recommendation.
Scott SchremsData Analyst • dv01
I've had the pleasure of working with Alana when I was in the middle of a tricky career transition, in between jobs and looking for an upward trajectory. She picked me out of a huge swath of resumes for a position that quickly turned out to be perfect for my skillset and background, which set me up for success in that company and valuable professional connections there. She quickly identified my (perfect) fit within the company culture, and was able to provide insight into moving upwards in my org once I was established. Alana was critical to moving my career along, and I couldn't have done so well at that company without her help and advice. I couldn't recommend her intuition with people and skill with the job search process enough.
Jake PfitschAcoustic Integration Engineer • GoPro/Apple
Problem I Had: I knew that we would be doing a lot of hiring and I could try and figure out most of it myself but I knew that if I didn't have the right help, I'd waste a significant amount of time in not only the interview process but also might hire the wrong candidate. What we reviewed: Job description to attract the right candidate Email communications we send to the selected candidates What interview questions to ask & why How to get each person from the company involved in the interview process to make the candidate feel welcome and that it's a serious opportunity. Strategically what I took away: I didn't realize how much the application process to interview process to on boarding sets an entire frame for how the candidate feels when interacting with the organization. The difference between everything being hacked together and them upholding a higher standard for themselves because they are joining a more organized company.
Pascal WagnerCEo/FounderCEo/Founder • Walk Around
A phenomenal company who helps you not only refine how you present yourself, but also how you can focus yourself into the lens of a prospective employer. The assistance I received has greatly helped my job hunting, both in getting noticed and in helping to refine what I want from an employer
Michael GlennPool Fleet Asset Manager
Alana has a signature phrase when she speaks to a crowd. She uses it, often. Typically when making a statement that has direct impact on her audience. It's "Got That?" She delivers, with such fierce passion and conviction there is a noticeable shift in the crowd. People lean forward in their seats. Their pens quickly scribble fast and furious, or the tap-tap-taps on their devices are heard. They do get it, and always want more. Ever try to get your Lead Engineer or your IT guy to sell your product, widget or service? No of course not. That would be madness, because they're not experts in how to sell! They engineer, or repair, or fix, they are not experts at selling. Yet, those same people, who are masters in their individual domain, are asked to be part of hiring teams tasked with making one of the most important decision a company has to make - to hire their workforce, to add to their culture. This is the primary thing that will make or break a company's success! THIS is madness! It is the norm for organizations to task them with this, usually with very little guidance or investment in providing them with the expertise they need to get it right. Rather they leave it to chance, "assuming they get it". Heck, they are social, smart, responsible employees, right?! Most organizations turn to handling their hiring growth through superficial and haphazard tactics of quantity versus quality, hiring agencies to deliver resumes and interviewing without creating a winning strategy. Alana speaks to this in her speeches when she says "it is from the point of concept, when leadership has the thought of hiring where retention starts, NOT during the interview process or by focussing on compensation, benefits or perks. All it takes is a company to invest in the creation of the strategy and process as they would for any other part of their business affecting the bottom line. The most successful companies start here or invest in getting it right no matter where they are in their phase of hiring." She's right! The hiring process is messy and disorganized and lengthy and the wrong hire translates to lost time, lost money and a painful disconnect within the organization, why would a company invest in turnover when they can invest in retention up front, creating a culture of aligned and powerful people? Alana delivers this solution to every client in a short amount of time and worth every bit of investment. It's much more costly for an organization to invest in turnover and rehiring than it is on Alana's strategy, the creation of your foundation. Her genuine desire to help and personal drive comes from wanting people to be connected, through clear and authentic communication, resulting in connections on a deeper level. Her vision is clear. Your goals are attainable partnering with her. Through her many years serving corporations and organizations as one of the most sought after high Tech Recruiters in Silicon Valley, she has now stepped away from direct Recruitment and addressing the foundation of hiring and retention through founding her company, Pendulum. It's an apt name for what she stands for, taking an idea that is hanging from a fixed point and moving it forward, creating balance grounded in power. If you'd like to know what "being the difference in the market" or "being an employer of choice" would look like for your organization, I recommend reaching out to Alana for an initial discovery session. As a speaker, she will also enlighten your organization, leaving them inspired and connected to those around them. I could not recommend her and Pendulum more highly.
Interviewing is up there with public speaking, on the level of fear. When I found myself facing interviewing for jobs after years of security in my previous position I had to reach out for help. Alana was the perfect answer! Alana has years of hiring knowledge with major corporations and had the insider understanding to guide me to the perfect fit and skills I needed to land the job I desired. Little did I know I was coming at interviewing from the wrong perspective. I would answer all questions from my own perspective when actually the secret is to understand what the companies values, beliefs, and mission are and how those relate to me and my goals. She has a secret strategy that left me in the driver's seat. Alana gave me all the tools to achieve attaining the position that not only aligned with me and my goals, but also aligned with the hiring companies desires for filling the position and I was offered the job that I wanted after having not received offers that I did. Alana is the recruiter that companies fight over to have on their hiring team. She has years of experience with major companies that are well known. Her knowledge is evident when speaking with her. She listens to and can recreate what you stand for and your goals giving an enlightening perspective on interviewing. She helped me to understand the position I was interviewing for and see it through their mission and goals and how those related to my goals and values. When seeing interviewing form this perspective I was able to feel in control of my interviewing rather then at the mercy of the interview. Alana has the unique ability of matchmaking candidates and hiring companies. Equip with Alana's education and knowledge I was able to acquire a position that is a great fit for me, my life and my family.