Valerie Watson-Smith demonstrates a high proficiency in the area of technical recruitment, providing professional services for over 12 years. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from California State University, Fresno, Valerie Watson-Smith later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to began a career in technical recruitment. From 1993 to 1994, Valerie Watson-Smith conducted general human resource duties for Cisco Systems, Inc. Because of her previous successes with the company, Cisco Systems later offered Valerie Watson-Smith the position of Senior Technical Contractor Recruiter in 2006. In the role, she successfully recruited for three essential business sectors, filling the company’s need for engineers well-versed in network protocols, embedded systems, web 2.0 applications, and other critical aspects of technology development.
Valerie Watson-Smith experienced a similar career achievement with Kaiser Permanente, which hired her first in 2004 and again in 2008 based on her excellent track record. Recruiting a large team of nurses, health care directors, data consultants, IT professionals, designers, and analysts, Valerie Watson-Smith empowered Kaiser Permanente with a superior workforce. A number of companies have also employed Valerie Watson-Smith to fulfill their staffing needs. In 1994, she drove the recruitment process for Compression Labs Inc.’s Broadcast Products Engineering Group and Video Product Sales/Marketing Organization. As a key player in the U.S. Department of Transportation/TSA in 2002, Valerie Watson-Smith trained and coached 25 contract staff members and temporary personnel for orientation sessions to assess TSA applicants.
Under employment of Sodexho in 2004, she completed high volume direct and web-based searches and recruitment. Valerie Watson-Smith utilized her research and Internet sourcing talents to fill engineering positions for Honeywell International Inc. in 2007 and 2008. Currently, Valerie Watson-Smith functions as a Senior Career Consultant for Drake Beam Morin Career Services in Pleasanton, California, where she formulates job search strategies, increases leadership quality, and performs other coaching duties.