DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRIAL RECRUITING, ETS, INC.
Hometown: Hamilton, NY Age: 34
Education: MA Castleton University/ BA University of Vermont
Community Involvement: United Way, Adirondack Young Professionals, Rotary Club
Optimism is the most important quality for success,” said Trevor Chapman. “An optimist expects positive outcomes, doesn’t take failure personally but keeps on trying until s/he succeeds.”
He continued, “Due to the continuing expansion of technology, the staffing industry is changing rapidly with regard to the way recruiters engage with their candidates and clients. Part of my job is integrating new systems and technology into the old ways to make sure my colleagues and I are keeping up with the industry while also establishing and maintaining strong relationships with clients, candidates and colleagues of all ages and backgrounds.”
A native of Hamilton, New York, Trevor met his wife, Rachel, at Castleton University and together they decided to move to her home town
of Rouses Point to raise their young family. Leaving solid employment to move to the North Country was a significant risk but one they have found rewarding.
“There’s a buzz,” said Chapman. “There’s a feeling in the air here that we aren’t this small, forgotten city in upstate New York. We are making things happen — whether it be the local farming community with its offerings of grass-fed meat and dairy and organic veggies to the growing manufacturing hub with all of its opportunities. The community is starting to have access to cool things.”
Trevor is relatively new to the area and is still finding his way. “I am trying to figure out where my support fits best and where I can contribute to the health of the community I am excited about.
What are you doing to make a difference in your community?
Every day there is a story that tugs at my heart as we work to help those candidates who are struggling to find ways to improve their lives. When we get a “thank you” note from a single mom who took classes at night that allowed us to place her in a better opportunity, I know that we are making a difference in her life, as well as her kids’ lives. We are passionate about helping people get that second chance that will make all the difference in getting them on the right path to success and becoming a contributing member of society.
What’s your biggest professional success?
I continually strive to prove to my colleagues that I am resolute, produce consistent work and can apply company policies and business strategies evenly to each task and assignment. If I have achieved this, then the credit for any successes would lie in the hands of the people with whom I have worked.
What is your dream job?
Natural disaster relief efforts of some kind, such as with the American Red Cross or FEMA. I have always been fascinated by the power of Mother Nature but even more so by the resolve of human nature to help others in time of need. I would like to play a small part in helping others before, during and after a disaster.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Carving out time in the early-morning hours to exercise, walk the dog and catch up on current events before sitting down to breakfast with my wife and young daughters. This helps me start each work day having already spent time doing something for myself and with family so I am fully prepared to jump into what the workday holds for me.
What important lesson have you learned in your career?
It is so much easier to be early than on time.
What can the North Country do to make this region more appealing to a younger generation?
Having recently moved to the North Country with my family, I can say I have been pleasantly surprised as we continue to explore what the area has to offer. There are many exciting things taking shape, and the community has done a wonderful job at developing our area. Highlighting our manufacturing hub and the rewarding careers that exist here would be very beneficial. In my experience, many students graduate from high school without a complete understanding of what manufacturing is, or the innovations taking place in their own backyard.
What is something that no one would guess about you?
I’m related to Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman).
Write a note to your younger self…
Hey sport, spend time reflecting, not worrying.