Kristin Lockhart, vice president of Recruiting Services at Adams Keegan, was recently honored as one of the “Super Women in Business” by the Memphis Business Journal. In the below Q&A, Lockhart gives insight into how her gut instinct helped her start a recruiting career, obtain professional achievements and more.
Number of years with current company: 5
What is your super power? Gut instinct
How did you gain your super power? I was born with a good "gut instinct" for people. I use it every day in meeting candidates and clients.
First job: Marketing assistant, BellSouth Mobility
Hometown: Born at Fort Campbell in Kentucky; moved to Memphis at 2 years old
What advice do you wish someone had given you when you started your career? It is OK to ask for help. You can't take on everything, and if you feel overwhelmed, do not be ashamed. Early in my career I felt that asking for help was weakness, and I refused to show weakness.
Biggest mentor: Without hesitation, my mother. She worked very hard to achieve her success and sacrificed so much. She was a role model for me personally and professionally. She had to step away from a long-term career for our family when relocation was not an option. She never complained about starting over. We have a daily call, and she gives me great advice in handling people and situations.
What professional achievement are you most proud of? Starting my own recruiting firm in 2003. I moved back to Memphis and needed the flexibility to be a mother and have a career. I started Lockhart Associates and built it one client at a time. Adams Keegan was a client for many years, so, when they approached me in 2013, it made sense to merge our talents.
What is your next big professional goal? To grow the Recruiting Services division at Adams Keegan into a standalone business
What super power would best equip someone entering into your profession today? X-ray vision. To succeed in recruiting you need to be able to "see through" people.
This article originally appeared in Memphis Business Journal.