Meet Matt Nguyen, our team member spotlight for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Matt is a Business Development Manager in Orange, California.

Your team recently received the prestigious Maxim Cup award! We would love to learn how you came to join Maxim and the Orange CA team. Can you talk about your career path with the company?
I have had many different roles in my career that involved employment services; however, I had never worked in a Recruiter role. This sounds like a cliché answer, but I have always wanted to become a Recruiter. I applied to many different staffing agencies prior to Maxim – presumably all of our competitors – but did not end up getting a chance to work in the industry. In October of 2020, Casey Nath and the Orange office took a chance on me. I loved working as a recruiter and was fascinated by the idea of one day becoming a BDM to help develop the next set of leaders in our office. I then became a BDM in July of 2021 for our Core vertical overseeing the Riverside County region.

What advice can you give team members to help them be successful in their roles and at Maxim?
Utilize the resources, team members, and leaders to your advantage. Maxim provides an incredible support system starting from the Executive leadership all the way down to the Recruiter level. One of my biggest selling points to prospective Recruiter candidates is the fact that we have such a supportive culture starting on Day 1 for new Recruiters. This goes for newer BDMs as well – I would not have the success that I have had if it were not for the leaders before me that selflessly taught me how to be a leader both personally and professionally.

How do you unwind after a long day at work?
I like to take my dog on long walks right when I get home from work. Additionally, I like to play basketball and cook to relax after a long day of work.

How do you work to create a diverse and inclusive culture in your local office?
One way that our office creates an inclusive culture is by having our having recruiters involved in the screening process for our prospective Recruiter candidates. Our interview process begins with a Recruiter identifying a candidate and conducting the initial phone screening. The candidate is then passed onto an interview with two BDM/AMs if they meet the requisite requirements. Our team very much values the opinion from our Recruiters on opinions on prospective Recruiter candidates and feedback from the market. Our office also has a Culture Committee that promotes a positive workplace by planning and coordinating different activities/events that bring our office together.

May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. What can companies do to make the workplace more inclusive to these communities?
I think a simple way that workplaces can be more inclusive to these communities is to create a small wall/collage of iconic Asian individuals that have been impactful in the growth and development of Asian communities throughout the world. Workplaces can also include popular food items that can be found anywhere to introduce the local offices to a new type of cuisine!

With the pandemic, the country witnessed a notable rise in violence towards Asian Americans, starting the campaign to Stop Asian Hate? How have you been impacted by this?
I personally have not been directly affected by this rise in violence; however, my parents have experienced a few instances of racial prejudice since the pandemic started. It is hard to pinpoint whether this is directly attributed to the pandemic, but they have voiced their concerns to my siblings and myself.

What are some stereotypes or unconscious biases team members should be conscious of in the workplace? What challenges have you faced yourself in your career or personal life?
I think one of the most widely known stereotypes for Asians are that they are great at Math. While I cannot speak for all Asians, I can definitely say for myself that I am TERRIBLE at Math! However, I am great at calculating spread! When I was on my High School Wrestling team, a few of my peers would ask why I was in wrestling and not on the Tennis or Badminton team. I would reply by stating that I am on the Tennis team during the Wrestling off-season!

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