By Britt Bloch
Around the world, women have redefined workplaces for the better. IBM has always been a destination for women looking to make an impact. In the U.S., March was Women’s History Month, and we at IBM celebrated that by talking to Britt Bloch.
What is your current role?
Currently, I’m the Recruiting Leader for our North America Client Innovation Centers, within Global Business Services. As the Recruiting Leader, I have the opportunity to work with cross-functional teams to drive staffing deliverables, champion process improvements, identify key metrics to manage and measure results, and coach a team of seasoned recruiting partners. The Client Innovation Centers’ culture is unique and highly focused on our external IBM customers’ needs.
What has been your career journey?
Since 1990, I have been in the recruiting arena in various transactional and leadership roles. My career evolved into a strategic capacity, driving corporate initiatives for North America, within the financial services and hospitality industries. In 2009, I joined IBM, in a contractor capacity, as a Recruiting Program Manager, and joined IBM as a direct employee in 2014. In 2015, I was promoted to a Recruiting Leader for the Client Innovation Centers.
In 2003, I earned my PMI Certification which complimented my efforts and growing responsibilities. Over the course of my career, I have authored several publications including: The Candidate Prep Package (Dorrance Publishing, ISBN #0-8059-4403-6), “Conquer Your Career Search” (Minority Engineer, 1997) and “Recruiters: The Necessary Evil” (HR Executive, May 2004)
What kind of opportunity do you have at the Client Innovation Centers?
IBM Client Innovation Centers, in the U.S., are located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lansing, Michigan and Monroe, Louisiana. The Client Innovation Centers support the application development and application management services as well as strategic skills in consulting services and covers the full application cycle for legacy, package and custom applications. The model reflects cost effective, rapid delivery with high quality and productivity and it is an integral part of IBM’s Global Delivery Center Network with substantial partnerships with universities, business partners, industry and government. CIC teams are a critical and visible contributor to a fast growing space within IBM and have extensive training, opportunity, and growth.
What’s one piece of career advice you would share with other women?
For me, critical success factors have been to actively listen, identify a strong mentor or role model, constantly pursue learning opportunities, absorb constructive feedback, operate with integrity, go above and beyond for all stakeholders, and operate with a positive, can-do attitude. I have found that positive and professional interactions combined with an above-and-beyond work ethic attract similar IBMers, which provides an opportunity to thrive and grow.
With an IBM career, you’ll make a difference that matters. Join the amazing women here with an IBM career.
Britt Bloch is Recruiting Leader. IBM Global Business Services Client Innovation Center US.
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