Milton Hershey School Recruiter Goes Above and Beyond in Career and Connections
By Lucy Mansour, MHS Recruiter
I moved from Brazil to Kansas in 1999 where my husband and I started our family. In 2005, we relocated to Pennsylvania. Once we settled in Pennsylvania, I used my bachelor’s degree in business and administration to get a temporary job as a human resources assistant at Milton Hershey School. After a few years as an assistant, I was promoted to a recruiter role and have been doing this job for about seven years. When I think about our school’s founders and their vision, I also reflect on my own life.
The transition from Brazil was a challenging journey because I had to learn a new language, start my professional career again, and adjust to a new culture. However, it’s been worth it and I wouldn’t change anything.
I come from a country with one of the worst wealth equality gaps in the world, but the thing is we don’t have a school like MHS to help low-income families with education for their kids in Brazil. When I learned about MHS and its mission, I thought, “Wow. How can I be a part of this mission and help other people?”
I feel proud to work at MHS because we have a very strong team. We work well together across departments and understand we cannot function without one another. Our part-time employees and our full-time employees all play roles that keep the school moving forward to the future.
In HR, we have four recruiters, and I take the lead in recruiting for trades, operations, ancillary, health care, and other similar positions. My role is not only in recruiting but also in aiding the hiring managers in the decision-making process for the best possible candidate. While the managers are the ones who make the final decision for who gets hired, it’s a testament to the school that we are organized in a way where people with expertise from different fields can voice their thoughts on who would be the best person for the job.
As recruiters at MHS, we like to believe that we are not only hiring for a single job but to develop a career here just like I have. That’s what MHS is all about–going above and beyond. We want people to come here and develop lasting connections not just with their colleagues, but also with the students. In fact, I have the privilege to mentor three students, one of which has already graduated from MHS.
Every day I feel very fortunate to be part of this amazing organization and to work with a group of professionals who care very much about each other and diversity.