In this week’s Rapid Fire series, we’re talking with Jenn Ordonez–Sr. Manager, Corporate Account Development at Cornerstone OnDemand, a cloud-based learning and talent management solutions provider headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Jenn works with a team that connects with organizations to share best practices, industry trends and success stories from Cornerstone clients. She is committed to helping her team realize their potential.
What’s your role at CSOD, and what personal story can you share about a time when you first realized it is a special place to work?
Sr. Manager, Corporate Account Development. When I was onboarded the whole team took the new hires to lunch where we got to know each other on a personal level. Throughout my tenure on the team, there isn’t a month that goes by without an opportunity for the team to bond. Working at very “corporate” jobs before I had never experienced a supportive and fun culture. What really locked in CSOD being a special place to work was sharing all the fun events we did on the team with my friends who didn’t have that at their job!
What’s the most interesting little-known fact about CSOD?
We support a culture of learning. Once a quarter we dedicate a whole day to training called “Development Day.” We encourage everyone to take time to learn and develop whether that be professionally or personally through sessions taught by fellow Cornerstars. Sessions in the past have included Happiness & Success, Introduction to OneNote to Guided Beer Tastings and How to make Cake Pops!
How would a CSOD hiring manager define an “ideal” candidate?
We are looking for candidates to be smart, cool and ready to prove it! Specifically on the Corporate Account Development team, we are looking for folks that thrive in a dynamic environment and who will embrace change. Top performers learn and grow quickly. They find themselves being able to handle what is asked of them and can ask for more. Highly collaborative folks who help the whole team be successful will go far at CSOD!
To prepare for an interview, what kind of skills, knowledge, achievements or personal spirit/attitude should students demonstrate in their portfolios?
Think about the job you’re applying for and then think about how your past experience demonstrates your ability to execute. Be able to articulate the skills and achievements that the hiring manager would find most important to be successful in the role. If you’re geared toward sales, examples of intrinsic drive, adaptability, and resilience would be areas to focus on in a portfolio.
What other advice would you offer to an aspiring intern or new grad seeking full-time employment at CSOD?
I was given advice to think two steps ahead when I was looking for my next job. That step should put you on a career path to the role you’re looking to get into next. Think to yourself, “is this role going to put me on the path for my role after this?