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JIMG_9977acki Neal is the Vice President of Talent Solutions at Kinetix. Her mission will be to provide strategy and delivery to the Kinetix Staffing Practice. Prior she wasCEO of Peak Resource Group, a Technology and Communications staffing firm that was acquired by Kinetix in May 2015. Before Peak, she did Business Development for a Telecom Consulting organization, was a Technical sales Executive for several computer hardware manufacturers, and started her career as a hardware and software engineer.

She really digs all things technology (rebuilding computers, Apple life, and playing with website development) as well as meeting with clients to solve the world’s issues over lunch.

On the personal side, she connects with women as a MoneyWise mentor, assists with off shore mission work, and works with ‘at risk’ women to help them develop confidence and skills to get out of poverty.

5 Questions with Jacki Neal

  1. Tell us why you’re in the RPO game and how you got here: 

    I’ve been in the staffing industry for two decades and have seen many changes. I still remember my IT clients saying, “We will NEVER use contractors.” Really? Like Never-ever? RPO is the future. Engaging with employees is more of a sales function then an HR function. GenY and GenZ people don’t look for jobs like we did. The Kinetix RPO model of bringing world-class recruiting bundled with enhanced social media integration specific for talent? Yowza. Let’s Rock.

  1. Finish this sentence, “People want to hang out with me because… ”: 

    I’d like to think it is due to my amazing personality, quick wit, and extensive command of sarcasm. But it is probably because I am a foodie and wherever I am, there is usually food.

  1. What’s your favorite HR/recruiting buzzword to openly mock and why? 

    “Team Player.” Especially in a resume that has the word “I” in it 26 times.

  1. Describe your first car to us. God, please let it be a junker that embarrasses you: 

    I started my yellow car love affair with a 1971 Mach 1 Mustang. I started work at 14 and saved the $2.00 an hour I made to pay cash for this baby. He was used and well loved. I’ve owned yellow cars ever since.

  2. Give it up—2 things that the people outside of Kinetix don’t know about you: 

    I’ve been a Parrott head (Jimmy Buffett) for 30 years—probably have been to 40 shows—even went to Paris to catch a show. Oui?Briefly met Price Charles (pre-Diana) at a UGA game. I gave up my dreams of marrying a prince that day. They look cuter in the storybooks.