Name: Malea O’Neill
Title: JBCStyle Active Lifestyle Recruiting Manager
Location: Portland, OR
Recruiting specialty: Active Lifestyles and Action Sports: Footwear Design, Apparel Design, PLM’s, PM’s, Marketing and Creative
I became a recruiter because … I worked in the Action Sports/Outdoor Industry for 13 years before being recruited … to recruit for the industry. I know it from the inside out, having been in the trenches. I have a passion for people at the end of the day and it feels good to make a difference in people’s lives, helping them find new career paths and in turn being a great partner for our clients as well.
Favorite designer: I’ll take anything Patagonia
Celebrity crush: I don’t get crushes honestly but David Beckham (soccer) is good looking for a dude and Gabrielle Reese (beach volleyball) or Malia Jones (surf) for a chick. Yes, I like the athletic type.
Favorite place in Portland: It’s a tie: on the Wildwood trail on a long, muddy run; or on top of Mt. Hood taking some turns.
Interview horror story: We’ll just wrap it up with … please show up with good dental hygene and don’t eat copious amounts of garlic before you have an in-person interview. Please and thank you.
Best interview tip: Do not appear to be over desperate in your words or body language. That’s a big turn off. Also, go in really knowing the company, the history, the current events and the culture you’re walking in to. Be your true self and be a very good listener.
Favorite accessory: My Nixon Watch (The 51-30 Tide) … it makes me a little teary-eyed
If I could be an animal I would be … My incredibly spoiled and adorable 6 year old Shih Tzu, Tula
Dream vacation: Coming up in September … beautiful Thailand
Sweet or salty: Sweet & Salty please … let’s go with dark chocolate w/almonds
In my spare time I … Trail-run, ski, cycle, drinks tons of good red wine, travel, bask in the sun when it comes out and laugh a lot with my best friend and partner, Kim.
Fashion or Beauty Tip: Accessories rock!
Favorite item in my closet: Toss up, my Frye 8” Harness Boots or my NAU jacket that I can wear with anything.
Restaurant I would recommend: Saburo’s … best damn sushi in Portland!
Favorite music artist/band: Lots of them! Citizen Cope, Thievery Corporation, Band of Horses, One Eskimo, Zero7, Coldplay, Brandi Carlile, Milosh, Matt Kearney, MJB, Rhianna; to name a few.
Favorite quote: “Carpe Diem” … seize the day