Meet Rick West! 

Name: Rick West
Office: Charlotte, NC
Title: Managing Director

Rick West is the Managing Director at Open Systems in the Charlotte, NC office!

Why did you join OST?
A prior colleague of mine joined OST and recruited me out of my old firm. OST was closer to my home, made a competitive offer, and I was excited about joining a growing team.  The company culture and entrepreneurial environment sold me into joining back in 2006.

What do you look for in a potential candidate?
Honesty.  We can help individuals at all skill levels and experience levels, but just don’t mislead or fake your resume.  Market credibility is why our clients come to us with their staffing needs. That allows us to find the next move within your career.

What is one piece of advice you have for someone who is just starting here?
Slow down.  Often new hires rush through the recruitment process.  Act as a liaison between both parties and bring the candidate’s wants and the client’s needs to a match. Don’t rush through the candidate qualification conversations.  In addition, build your brand, put in maximum effort, and the relationships you build with both clients/candidates will last forever.

What is your favorite thing to do in the city you work in?
Spending time with my family.  I have two young children and they are growing up way too fast!

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
Too many to pick just one!  I am currently watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Goldbergs, and Stranger Things.

What is one thing a candidate should always have in their resume?
Contact information.  You will be surprised how many resumes I see with no phone number or email address.  Make sure your contact information is always listed!

And lastly, what is your favorite part about your job?
New opportunities, changes in technology, and market changes…every day brings something different.  Providing solutions for both candidates and clients is the best part of what we do!


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