The Applicant Experience

  • 15 Oct 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road, Bedford, NH
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Join us for 'The Applicant Experience'
Tuesday October 15, 2019  
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Shrina Sood and Carolanne Taylor will be partnering to share valuable insight about the candidate experience at Curriculum Associates (CA).  With a ‘hire people, not positions’ philosophy, CA has a unique candidate experience from the application to the offer. 

Best practices, trends, branding through the application experience, first impressions and organizational culture infused into the experience are just a few of the areas our guests will touch upon. 

Shrina Sood, Senior Director of Talent, joined Curriculum Associates (CA) in 2012, a K-8 Education Technology company serving over 12 million students with print and digital products nationwide. CA has won Best Place to Work awards consecutively for the past 5 years.  Since 2012, CA has added over a 1,000 hires. Shrina has led People Operations, Talent brand, Candidate Experience and all of Talent Acquisition in that time. In 2019, CA’s Talent Acquisition team was a runner up for Talent Acquisition Team of the Year held annually by Recruiting Trends Awards. The team has a “hire people, not positions” philosophy and has successfully hired over 200+ people in the past 6 months alone. CA has a highly selective application process, choosing only 2% of the candidates (more competitive than Harvard!).  This year, Shrina and her team implemented an interview policy across the company for over 1,300 employees to reduce time to fill, limits interview steps and touch points with every candidate. This new policy is improving a candidate experience that is already positive! Prior to CA, Shrina worked on Development teams for Citizen Schools and Jumpstart (both nonprofits in the education space).! Shrina holds a MA from Boston University and a BA from University of Connecticut.

Carolanne Taylor, Candidate Experience Coordinator, joined Curriculum Associates (CA) in February of 2019, a K-8 Education Technology company serving over 12 million students with print and digital products nationwide. Carolanne works on the Talent Acquisition Team under Shrina Sood, Senior Director of Talent. The team has a “hire people, not positions” philosophy.  In the spirit of this philosophy, Carolanne works to create a candidate experience that is efficient, transparent, and welcoming.  With the help of her team and various managers across the company, the standard of excellence in the candidate experience is upheld.  Prior to CA, Carolanne worked as a 1:1 ABA Behavior Therapist and Educator at various private, not-for-profit schools benefitting children and adolescents with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Carolanne still works with a handful of her students during weekend hours.   


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