Charmaine Dantzler joined AllSaints one year ago to become a part of leading the People & Culture team for the US and Canada.
Here is what Charmaine had to say when we asked her about finding the right fit:
What are the three most important skills you look for when hiring a candidate to join your team?
One, is attitude. Being positive is one of the best things you can do. No matter what job you have or who you work with, when you go into any situation with a positive attitude, you can do anything and work anywhere. Two, is a willingness to learn. When I’m hiring for my team, I don’t only look at resumes. Having experience and a particular skillset is great, but I want someone on my team who is ready and excited to learn and grow. Three, is adaptability. Most roles are hybrid roles with several different responsibilities. You need to be flexible. Be able to work across different areas and adapt when change arises.
What are the most important elements of a company’s culture?
Whether it is in person or virtual, transparency is key. Team members respect and appreciate when their leaders are transparent with them. It builds trust and allows a company to showcase their morals, values, and ethics, which is important to people.
When joining a company or group as either a young professional or established executive, what is the best way to get acclimated to a new organization?
Be open and put yourself out there. Meet as many people as you possibly can. You might have to step outside of your comfort zone, but it’ll be worth it. Whenever I’ve been new at a company, I’ve scheduled meet and greets with everyone to get to know them. People are usually more than willing to grab coffee for 15 minutes. Relationships will be important throughout your career journey, so try to build genuine connections as soon as you can.
How can you add value as a team member in any group?
You should do a check in with yourself and ask, “How am I contributing to this organization?” Make notes to yourself every week that keep track of what you worked on or completed, so at the end of the year you know what you did. You should also share your thoughts and opinions with your team, and think about how you can support your department. Little things make a difference. Contribute to team morale or send a thank you note to someone.
How do you know when it is time to move on to a new role?
When you get comfortable. When you are no longer being challenged, growing, or flourishing in a position, that is a sign that it’s time for something new. You should feel that you left your footprint and made a difference before moving on, but you want to make sure that you are never comfortable.
What is the most important lesson you have learned throughout your career journey?
Be humble, but know when it is time to shine and let your light shine!
Charmaine Dantzler joined AllSaints one year ago to become a part of leading the People & Culture team for the US and Canada. She graduated from Arizona State University where she earned her BA in Broadcast/Journalism. Her love for running rewarded her with a scholarship where she competed in Track & Field. Her background in Human Resources includes organizations, such as HUGO BOSS, Sony Pictures, Disney, Oprah Winfrey Network, and Discovery. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and loves home improvement projects. Her mantra is, “Everything in life happens for a reason and you never know where your journey will take you….so enjoy the ride.”