Shaina Semiatin leads Apeel Sciences’ Talent Team as our Talent Acquisition Manager. That means, if you’re applying for a job at Apeel Sciences, you will probably interact with her! Besides being extraordinary at finding great candidates, Shaina serves as the Chair of Diversity & Inclusion for the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA) and is even a published poet. She lives in Santa Barbara with her fiancée, Anjuli, and cat, Matzah. Learn more about Shaina and the best way to be offered a job at Apeel Sciences by reading on.1) Tell us about your job with Apeel Sciences.
I am Apeel Sciences’ Talent Acquisition Manager, which, put simply, means that I manage the day-to-day functions of the Talent Team, as well as our overarching talent acquisition strategy. This includes helping to fill positions in multiple domestic and international locations, and acting as a coach, trainer, and mentor for all of our internal stakeholders. I also work to define and evolve our employer brand on our website, out in public, and internally with all of our colleagues.
At the end of the day, my job is to help set the path/trajectory of our incredible talent acquisition team and then to get out of the way so they can guide their own work along that path.
2) Have you always been interested in working in such a people-focused role? What brought you to where you are now in your career?
I think it’s rare that people actually say, “I want to be a recruiter when I grow up!” Like most people working in this space, I always knew that I loved people, but I wasn’t sure how to incorporate that into my work.
Initially, I studied international relations at the University of Chicago and was planning to join the State Department. During my time at the University of Chicago, I unexpectedly got hooked on social entrepreneurship, which led me laterally into recruiting in Boston.
After several years there, I really missed the Central Coast and specifically decided to target talent acquisition roles with California startups fighting food waste. Finding Apeel was truly meant to be -- I’m so grateful to be part of the team!
3) You’re the head of one of our quickest growing departments -- what do you look for when you’re hiring someone to be a part of the Talent team?
Yes, our Talent Team is growing quickly and we are currently looking to add both experienced and entry-level members to our team.
We don’t look for candidates that check every single box or excel in every single category. Rather, we hire for skills, aptitude, values fit, and authenticity. We look for candidates with attention to detail and a true passion for talent (even if that passion is just beginning to develop).
The best advice I can give anyone who is interested in joining our team is to be authentically themselves throughout the interview process and to do their research on our company’s mission, vision, and values.
4) What is your favorite thing about working at Apeel Sciences?
It’s so hard to list just one! If I had to pick, I’d say that it is two primary things: the people and our mission.
Apeel Sciences is still relatively small, so we have the luck and pleasure of getting to cross-functionally interact with our whole team nearly every day. Everyone that is here is really motivated to make the world a better place, which leads to my second favorite thing: our mission is so compelling that it motivates me to give my best every single day. Often times, in talent acquisition, recruiters are helping to support the growth of other companies, other innovators, but as part of Apeel’s talent team, we are at the front lines of building a world-changing company. We spend every day helping to build a world-class team of colleagues that we hope will grow with us for many years to come.
5) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
At a conference I attended, the author Carla Harris said something that has always stuck with me: “Authenticity is your single greatest competitive advantage. Own it. And bring yourself into your work every day.”