Welcome to Sneak Peak, our on-going series highlighting the career paths of our former associates – how they got started, what they’re doing now and what advice they have for current job seekers in the great city of Austin, Texas.
One of our staff recently reconnected with Tammy over lunch. She is a gifted coordinator and administrative professional with a knack for getting things done. Tammy has the energy to consistently take on new projects, and despite having had no prior office experience, she has built a successful career with the State of Texas. She was generous enough to share a glimpse of her career journey in her own words.
How did you first hear about Peak Performers?
After 16 years of work in the retail industry, I wanted to change my career path, but I wasn’t sure how to transition my skill set. A roommate suggested I connect with Peak Performers and try working as a temporary contract worker to see how I would enjoy office work.
What was your first assignment?
My first assignment was an Administrative Assistant II with the Texas Department of Human Services. The people were great, and I found out that I enjoyed the office environment. I made sure to exhibit good working habits and used every opportunity to learn all I could about the agency. That temporary placement was a strong foundation for my career in state government.
What are you doing now?
While the agency has experienced a few transformations, I have remained within Health and Human Services for the past 17 years. I am currently the Advisory Committee and Outreach Specialist for the Early Childhood Intervention program.
What advice would you give to current job seekers?
Each assignment is one step toward reaching your dream. Be committed to the work, be willing to accept new opportunities, be accountable, and be flexible to the changes that will appear on your path. Appreciate the opportunities, both big and small, and use them to develop and build skills to enhance your resume. Give your best to every assignment and never stop investing in yourself.
Thank you, Tammy, for sharing part of your story with us. We wish you all the best in your continued career with the State of Texas.
Peak Performers is Austin’s preferred staffing and recruiting firm for contract work with State of Texas government agencies. As a non-profit, we also give job placement priority to candidates with a disability. To learn more about our company, please visit our website.