Teresa Adams has forged a career in head hunting and search consultant in the Denver area, connecting her clients with careers in which they can seek and grow their passions. Below, she reflects on how changes in life and the experiences that go along with it have helped her to not only grow as an individual but also as a business woman.
Q: What inspired you to do the work you do today? Was there a particular moment or experience that led you to this career?
A: Prior to starting my own practice, my first inspirational moment came from my work in the tech industry where I found myself constantly being recruited or advanced. “What an honor to be the person on the hunt for up-and-coming talent,” I thought. My second inspirational moment was leaving a big city behind for an 85-acre horse ranch after I got married. The move inspired me to look inward, self-assess, evaluate my strengths and passions, and use this self-knowledge to start my own business as a headhunter/search consultant and career coach.
Q: Everyone has a special gift, that thing that many would call their superpower. What do you think yours is and how did you discover it?
A: Listening intently, and the ability to connect are my superpowers. Each allows me to cut to the chase, which helps me to get to the heart of the matter in my career transition coaching with a passion and spirit of opening possibilities. Recruiting and coaching talented individuals is about solving a problem – it’s getting them into roles and companies that allow them to express and contribute their gifts and thrive. By listening and connecting, I allow the magic to happen, which is finding them the work that will set their hearts and souls on fire. “I connect people to their callings and companies to the right human solutions”. This is my calling!
Q: There's a young woman reading this who is on a path to discover where she belongs and how she can make an impact in the world. What advice would you give her to guide her next steps?
A: Know what you are gifted and skilled in, and what ignites your passions. Is there a company that has a mission/cause that you believe in so strongly that you want to be a part of? To help my clients determine this, I work with Science of Self workplace assessments which helps individuals’ hone in very quickly on their HOW, WHY, and WHAT they do. This is an excellent foundation to start any career path or transition, knowing yourself.
Q: What's the #1 key to earning our worth as women in business?
A: Earning your worth starts with knowing your worth, so start with identifying three to five of your most marketable skills and reflect on what work you are naturally driven to do. Then, become your own number 1 advocate. Paint a picture of the career you want to see yourself in and sketch out your own ideal job template, and know the problem you can solve for that company/hiring authority. Finally, be able to articulate your skills and talents to the company or client you’re looking to attract.
Q: What are your predictions for the future of Denver's business environment?
A: It’s a great time to be a woman in business, and it’s an even better time to be a woman in business in Denver. Our economy is one of the strongest in America. US NEWS ranked Denver as the #13 best place to find a job and #2 best place to live in America, and we’re constantly rated as a fast-growing start-up community, strong in venture capitalism and a healthy housing marketing. Because we’ve sustained such growth for many years now, Denver has solidified its reputation as a business haven for years to come.
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