My Story: Leah Hackbarth

Apartment Property Manager, Leah Hackbarth

When Leah Hackbarth moved from California to Texas, she anticipated a strenuous, yet rewarding job search. Equipped with five years of Yardi software experience and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Leah thought her background would help differentiate her from other applicants. However, after a month of countless job applications, interviews, and phone calls, Leah’s search produced unsatisfactory results. Frustrated by her discouraging job hunt, Leah began to widen her employment perspective and searched the Internet for temporary positions.

Although Leah had never used a recruiting company, she decided to test her luck with temporary employment. “I called the [Apartment Staffing Division of] Hire Priority, and after my first interview, I received a temporary leasing consultant position [at a downtown Austin Apartment Community],” Leah said. Through her keen sense of professionalism and aptness for hard work, Leah quickly turned her temporary employment assignment into a permanent position. After a short period, Leah was promoted to Assistant Property Manager. Leah attributes her quick advancement to her diligent work ethic. “Apartment communities often consider temporary employees for permanent assignments,” Leah said, “and the best indication of a good employee is hard work.” Even if a temporary assignment does not transition into a full-time job, the word-of mouth recommendations between Apartment Communities can benefit your reputation in the Austin Apartment Industry. Leah’s advice to job hunters and temporary employees is to work hard, remain dedicated, and go above and beyond the community’s expectations.

After a tiring job search, Leah’s relationship with the Apartment Industry at Hire Priority Austin provided the catalyst her career needed. A year and a half after her original position, Leah is still excited about her career. “I love my job now”, Leah said, “The daily interaction with people is exciting and I get to help them with their move to the area.” Faced with a difficult job search, Leah did not allow frustrations to hinder her career. Instead, she took initiative, applied her diligent work ethic, and eventually found her ideal career.

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