Valerie Watson-Smith is a highly skilled senior career consultant with an accomplished history of recruitment successes in various industries. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from California State University, Fresno, and later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to enter the workforce as a Technical Recruiter and Contractor for Cisco Systems, Inc. in Menlo Park, California. In this role, Valerie Watson-Smith spearheaded the recruiting, sourcing, prescreening, and hiring duties for various engineering groups until 1994. This initial experience allowed Valerie Watson-Smith to expand her talents into other sectors of the technology market, including terms at Compression Labs, Inc. in San Jose and Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) in San Mateo.
In 2002, Valerie Watson-Smith carried out duties as a Federal Staffing Consultant for the Homeland Security Project of the United States Department of Transportation and the Transportation Security Administration in Los Angeles, California, and Orlando, Florida. During her tenure, Valerie Watson-Smith effectively assessed and processed passenger screeners for 429 airports throughout the United States. Other highlights of Valerie Watson-Smith’s career include conducting high volume recruitment services for Sodexho, managing hiring and contract work at Kaiser Permanente, as well as researching and filling positions for Honeywell International Inc. In her present position at Drake Beam Morin (DBM) Career Services, Valerie Watson-Smith provides coaching and job search assistance.
As a member of many professional organizations connected to the HR and recruitment aspects of the business industry, Valerie Watson-Smith continually seeks out the latest trends, technological developments, and resources related to her field. She participates in PinkSlipMixer events held in the San Francisco Bay Area, which are aimed at professionals who desire to find jobs or switch career paths. Valerie Watson-Smith is also a member of the nationally recognized Human Resources Consultants Association (HRCA), which determines cost-effective HR solutions and strategies; Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA); and ERE.net, a recruiting professional’s hub for information.