For over 20 years, Americaneagle.com has been launching award-winning websites for a variety of businesses. Headquartered just outside of Chicago in Des Plaines, IL, they offer a full range of solutions for any company looking to succeed in their online endeavors. Americaneagle.com has worked closely with Trilogy Career Services to hire talent from Trilogy-powered boot camps and share valuable industry insights and feedback that drive curriculum enhancements and better outcomes for our graduates. Recently our amazing partner Cassie Adrian, Human Resources lead, talked to us in detail about the organization, why they love to hire nontraditional talent, and how to navigate a job search in challenging times.
Can you share some insights about your role and the initiatives at Americaneagle.com?
I work on the human resources team at Americaneagle.com. My main responsibilities are recruiting, interviewing, and hiring for multiple positions. I primarily recruit and hire for technical positions including Web Application Developers, Front End Developers, UX/UI Designers, Quality Assurance Testers, and numerous other roles. I conduct phone interviews, virtual interviews, and in-person interviews. I also love creating a network and attending career fairs and other events. It feels great helping someone land their dream career!
What are some ways Americaneagle.com drives positive impacts in the local tech community?
We love working with organizations and building connections with the local tech community. We’re always looking for new innovative ways to help others learn more about this industry. Just recently, we were invited to join a virtual round table discussion — in partnership with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and Chicago Coders — about training Chicago’s next generation of Software Developers! We work with more than 35 non-profit organizations, including Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Wounded Heroes Foundation, US Youth Soccer, and many more to grow their online participation.
What are some of the benefits your team has seen working with Trilogy/2U to connect with talent from Northwestern Boot Camps?
We really strive to find students who are passionate about web design and development. We have seen some great candidates apply to our roles from Northwestern Boot Camps, as well as meeting them at different networking events. We love growing these relationships and plan to keep expanding!
Why do you think it is important to hire candidates from non-traditional backgrounds into technical roles?
At Americaneagle.com, we enjoy hiring people who are very passionate about what they do. If you are willing to grow and learn new skills, that’s what we look for! Technology is always changing and updating so if you are passionate about learning new things and have an open mind to different technologies, then you could be a great fit at Americaneagle.com. It’s important to us that you follow your passion and career goals.
Has the pandemic impacted how you think about hiring?
Luckily, throughout the pandemic, we have been able to maintain hiring at Americaneagle.com. It has triggered us to be more strategic with hiring the right candidate. The pandemic is constantly evolving and we plan to alter our hiring if needed but for now, we will continue to expand our teams!
What is some advice you would give to job seekers looking for new opportunities in these challenging times?
One piece of advice I would give is to always keep learning and gaining more skills. The technology world is always expanding! There are so many options online and through academic resources that can help you gain those extra skills others may not have. Also, reaching out directly to us is always appreciated as we love making connections throughout the tech community!