Staff Spotlight on Ali Henderson, Senior Recruiter

Meet Ali Henderson, Senior Recruiter at SimulStat. Ali’s innate ability to help people led her to a career as a recruiter in the medical/nursing field in 2005. In 2007, she started resourcing in the pharmaceutical realm. Her prior experience includes managing fitness facilities in Maui and working as a rehabilitation fitness coordinator for HealthSouth.

As a Senior Recruiter with SimulStat, Ali recruits nationally for major Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Clinical Research Organizations, and staffs project-based consultants for internal projects, FSPs, Contracts and FTEs. She spends much of her time networking, building relationships, identifying and vetting candidates, and working closely with HR to develop better practices and improve the recruitment team’s workflow.

Her long-term relationships with hiring managers and highly-qualified candidates are essential. Identifying those candidates entails pre-qualifying them with thorough background screenings before presenting them to hiring managers and clients. As the recruiting process advances, she conducts meetings with consultants and hiring managers to build relationships further and discuss hiring needs.

The recruitment process isn’t without the occasional difficulty; however, Ali’s fourteen years of experience gives her an edge when navigating challenges—from discussions about compensation expectations to double submissions and visa considerations.

During the process, she maintains a candid tone while advising and educating candidates on current market trends and pay expectations based on client budgets, geographical regions, education requirements and relevant job experience.

Double submissions are an avoidable mistake for candidates. “Candidates who work with multiple recruiters often fail to track where, when, and to whom they submitted resumes. That can lead to double submissions, which never look good.” Her recommended solution? “Never allow vendors or recruiters to submit your resume blindly to any clients. Ask the recruiter to discuss the job description and compensation beforehand, and get written permission to submit your information.”

She also notes that, “In today’s job market, many U.S. employers are hesitant to sponsor H1B and TN visas—not to mention starting the green card process. Those candidates should ask the client, or recruiter, in advance whether they’re sponsoring those who need work authorization items.”

Ali loves her work as a Senior Recruiter at SimulStat, challenges and all. “I’m excited to work with a growing, innovative company that cares about their clients and consultants. I look forward to keeping our consultants thriving and ensuring that they feel they’re a part of our team. We offer W2 hourly positions with benefits, Corp-to-Corp agreements, and salaried positions with PTO for various clients. Recently, we added new options for competitive compensations, as well.”

“After fourteen years, I really find myself always wondering how I can do my job better, help people grow, and learn new things personally. I find personal satisfaction when I attend conferences and meetings, seeing how I’ve participated in the successful career paths of current, and former, consultants. It’s encouraging to assist those seeking new opportunities.”

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