Real Success: Nathan Houston

What makes Opti Staffing so great? Our people! Our recruiters are the best at what they do. They know how to work with clients and job candidates. Our people really listen to everyone they meet and find the best way to help them reach their goals. We work hard to find the right person to meet those needs. Our recruiters are with job candidates every step of the way, learning about their skills and experience and creating a dialogue with them, giving feedback and keeping them up to date.

Get to know Branch Manager Nathan Houston, whose first job was at a boat dealership and who loves taking in summertime in the Pacific Northwest.

What is your favorite part about working for Opti Staffing?

The people are the best thing about working for Opti Staffing. Our candidates, our customers and my fellow coworkers.

Do you have a favorite Opti tradition you could highlight?

I am a big fan of the barbecues that we put on for some of our best customers. It is great to get out to our customers’ locations and make a meal for all the people we have worked with and placed there over the years. It is rewarding to see everyone smile and shake the hands of people we have helped to find work over the years.

What makes Opti unique?

We are a firm that truly wants to help our candidates and customers find the right long-term fit. We want it to be a great match for both people. Unlike the many firms that claim to be about the people and the fit, we actually are and we actually do it!

Tell us about your favorite moment helping an Opti client or candidate.

There have been so many over the eight and a half years that I have been with Opti, so it is hard to choose just one. But since I must, the one that always sticks out to me was about eight years ago when I first started. A gentleman by the name of Mike Loza came to me during the recession looking for work. He was a single father with a few kids and desperately needed work. He had gone back to school to learn how to weld and was just looking for an opportunity. I was able to secure him an interview with one of my customers even though he did not have all the experience they were looking for. I knew that Mike’s personality and what he was looking for long term would be a great fit and they trusted me. Needless to say, he got the job! I remember vividly the Friday he picked up his first check and stared me in the eyes and said thank you while giving me a firm handshake. That was the moment I knew this was the career for me. Mike is the reason I push so hard for the people I work with. I realized through my experience with Mike how much of a difference we as recruiters can make daily. That one always stands out!

What does your perfect day look like?

I love the summers here in the Pacific Northwest, so some blue sky in the morning is a great start, followed by a few great meetings with potential customers and then having the chance to meet some great people looking for new career opportunities. The cherry on top is finishing the day by extending offers of employment to some great people and being the first to congratulate them when they accept a new position.

A Hollywood producer is making a movie about your life – who would be your pick to play the role of you?

This was an interesting question that I was unsure of, but thanks to a trusty internet quiz, I found out George Clooney would be the ideal person to play me.

What was your first job?

I was a lot attendant at a boat dealership, which is just a fancy way to say I cleaned and moved boats around the yard.

What is the one word you would use to describe Opti Staffing?

Passionate.

Opti Staffing is driven by people, results and relationships and always puts the emphasis on the quality of their work. Contact your local branch and see how the team at Opti Staffing can help put you to work or find your next employee!

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