Many of you have learned about the folks who work for Projectline on client assignments by reading our “Consultant of the Month” blog series. But that hasn’t been the complete picture of Projectline by far. To give you more insight into us as a company, I’m absolutely thrilled to continue profiling members of our leadership team. Please meet the newest member of the Projectline Services team, Kaitlynn Tomlinson.
Q: Where did you grow up? How did you end up in Seattle? How has your upbringing influenced your character, workstyle, etc.?
A: I was born and raised in sunny California. If you had told me three years ago that I would be living in Seattle, I would not have believed you. I’ve been here for over a year now and survived my first winter, and there is no looking back. I believe that it’s important to take risks and challenge yourself personally and professionally. I’m the youngest of four kids, and I was shown the importance of a strong work ethic at a young age. My dad worked two jobs to support his family, and I have always looked up to him as a role model.
Q: Why do you love recruiting, and how did your career path lead you to a leadership position at Projectline Services?
A: I love recruiting because I love working with people. I enjoy building relationships and getting to know people beyond a surface level. My friends and family always say that I can talk to anyone and build relationships anywhere I go. In college, I discovered my passion for marketing that I applied to my career at Projectline.
I love recruiting because I love working with people. I enjoy building relationships and getting to know people beyond a surface level.
Q: What has been your greatest work accomplishment before Projectline?
A: My greatest work accomplishment is becoming a manager at a young age. I graduated college at a time when the market was down and it was important to take a job and prove yourself. I worked in the hospitality industry as a server and put in long hours to become a manager after working multiple weekends and holidays. In this position, I managed approximately 20 team members and learned a lot about myself and the importance of having confidence in leadership. I enjoy being surrounded by people I can learn from who challenge me. I’m excited for my future with the Projectline leadership team and where it will take me.
Q: What do you want to accomplish next here at Projectline?
A: The next thing I want accomplish is to contribute toward the growth of our business and show everyone how we stand out from other companies. We work hard as a team and understand the important of giving back to the community.
Q: What advice do you have for those who want to thrive in a contingent or remote environment?
A: I worked 100% remote with a company for over two years, and the best advice I can give is to make a daily routine. I would wake up, have my coffee, and start checking my emails. It’s important to stay focused and not get sidetracked. Don’t take working remote for granted because it’s not offered to everyone. With technology like Skype, it’s easy to stay connected to your team even if you aren’t in the office.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Q: What passions do you have beyond work that might not be obvious?
A: The things I’m most passionate about are my family, puppies, and staying active. I have a Wheaten Terrier who knows she rules the house and I would do anything for her. When I’m not walking Green Lake with my dog, I enjoy pushing myself at the gym. Working out has always been a great stress relief, and it’s when I do my best thinking. I will be running my fourth half marathon this spring and better start training. I think it’s important to have things you’re passionate about so you can have outlets from work.
- Quote: “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
- Book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
- Area of study in school: Communication with Minor in Anthropology
- Drink: Rosé
- Recent innovation: ZUtA Pocket Printer that allows you to print from anywhere
Q: What is the best way for people to follow your work and ideas?
Well, Kaitlynn, we are so lucky that you took a risk on Seattle and that you have found a home here at Projectline. We can’t wait to meet all of the talented folks that you will undoubtedly connect with their dream assignments here!