Recruiter Spotlight: Karen Epp, Senior Accounting & Finance Recruiter
This month our Spotlight is on our Senior Accounting and Finance Recruiter, Karen Epp.
Karen Epp is a hardworking small town girl with a big heart who grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and attended the University of Regina. She brings over 20 years of recruitment experience to Goldbeck Recruiting in Vancouver, BC.
Karen, a typical good girl that always followed her heart and made her own path. As a child growing up, she loved to participate in everything that had to do with sports, community, music, and social activities. At the time, she didn’t have many career choices, being from a small town. Her options were to be a teacher or a nurse, while as noble as the professions were, she wanted to fall out of the norm and be in the business world.
She set out doing this by working in administrative jobs and then moving into sales. As a natural ‘giver’, she has particularly enjoyed sales in service oriented industries where one of the most important part of the job was supporting and understanding what peoples’ needs are. This eventually led her to look into emerging recruitment firms in Vancouver and so she joined Holloway Schultz which was a stepping stone in her recruitment career.
After over 20 years, she joined Goldbeck Recruiting to launch its new Accounting & Finance recruitment division. She has successfully placed individuals at all levels of accounting, and serviced companies in a wide range of private and public sectors including not-for-profit. Her focus has been to understand her client’s business, its structure and staff culture to meet immediate and long term needs.
Karen lives by her motto: ‘Work Hard, Learn hard, and be open to new experiences.’ She created a new defining moment in her life when she adopted her daughter from China and became a single Mom. By then she had developed a strong reputation as an Accounting and Finance recruiter . It was her solid career in recruitment that supported her and her daughter.
In her own way she compares recruitment to home life ‘in the kitchen’. The kitchen is where everyone gathers before, during, and after the meal — a place to socialize and connect with others. What she finds fulfilling about being a recruiter is being able to share insights and ideas, bring people together, and create successful long lasting relationships. Karen remains loyal to both her family and clients as they are to her.
- Is a Certified Personnel Consultant
- Plays the ukulele and floor hockey
- Is a passionate skier
- Camps in a 1974 Trillium trailer, called Green Grape.
- Has traveled to India, China, and Europe,
- Is sometimes a soloist at weddings