Cindy Cartwright immediately felt at home when she moved from California to Colorado Springs with her family as a 12-year-old in 1989. Now 36, Cartwright works matching skills with needs in the local employment industry as a manager at ADD STAFF.
Tell us about your job.
I began my career with ADD STAFF in July 2006 in an administrative support role, learning the process on the applicant side. After a year, I moved into an administrative staffing manager position and quickly developed into the lead for the team. In 2010, I transitioned to a technical staffing manager, where I currently am.
I also act as a backup for the payroll department and work on our social media campaign. My daily routine includes identifying our client employers’ needs and recruiting top talent candidates for technical positions in the areas of aerospace, defense, manufacturing, information technology, facilities, government contracts and more. I’m constantly striving to learn more about and stay on top of this ever-changing workforce. Recently I became a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) through the American Staffing Association.
What do you love about your career choice?
I’ve always known that I’d land in a role where I could help others. Being a technical recruiter allows me to help people find their dream jobs. I equally enjoy building relationships with our client employers and being able to provide them with top talent for their open positions.
What do you like most about living here?
Our community. With the two recent fires, it’s apparent how we all come together and support one another when faced with such tragedy.
When I first moved here in 1989, I was blown away by the kindness I found in every person I met. Coming from Southern California, I wasn’t accustomed to people saying hello to you on the street. It was a very easy adjustment to make fitting into this community. You immediately feel like you are at home here.
What are the opportunities of being a young professional in Colorado Springs?
Being an extrovert, I’ve found many opportunities as a young professional here in town. I think that you’d be hard pressed not to find a group that fits your needs, be it professional development, public speaking or networking.
Talk about your family.
I’m blessed to have a close-knit family, all living in Colorado. I’m the youngest with an older brother of three years and an older twin sister of six minutes. For so many years we’d travel back and forth to Southern California (where I was born and raised) for vacations and holidays, but now that we are all here in the area we get to spend more time together.
I married the most amazing man in 2010, who happens to be the son of my mother’s best friend. My extended family was family even before it was official. My husband and I recently bought a home on the east side of town, and our black lab is gracious enough to share it with us.
What do you do in your spare time?
Dance has always been my love, and last year I joined the Barbara Ellis School of Dance and began taking tap and jazz classes in the evenings. We performed in June at the Pikes Peak Center.
I’ve been a member of the Rising Professionals since 2008, where I’ve led the professional development committee and sat on the advisory board for the past two years. I was also involved with the Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit that’s being held here in the Springs later this year. I also am active with my church family at Bradley Road Baptist and have volunteered with other organizations through them, such as Family Life Services and the Springs Rescue Mission.