We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Moore-Burton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, can you tell us what you are most passionate about?
I know that it may sound cliché, but I am truly passionate about helping other people. I think that is why I chose a career in recruiting, and have been successful with it over the years. However, it really does extend to other areas of my life too. If I can help someone, then I really feel as though my day and essentially my life is purposeful. When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress, but the reason behind that was to be an example and to help other women of color to see positive role models on television. I felt that was a way that I would be able to touch thousands of women. Well, the reality of that (for me) wasn’t quite what I had imagined, and I didn’t feel as though I had much control over the characters that I was playing and the lines that I was delivering. Fast forward 20 years, and I am now a wife, mother of 2 great kids, entrepreneur, author, career coach, trusted friend, mentor, board member for Alexandria House and Entrepreneur Advisor for the Dr. Yasmine Davidds Women’s Executive Leadership and Entrepreneur program. The gift in wearing all these hats is that I get to help others each and every day. I get to see the impact of helping, and I am truly fulfilled by doing so. I love the quote by Shirley Chisholm, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” During this time of COVID-19 especially, while my business has been affected, I am still finding ways to help others, whether it be reaching out with a phone call to someone that is self-isolating alone, supporting others that are struggling via a GoFund me campaign, or helping other business owners on strategy about their business future and resources that are available. Service and helping others, I have found, is a gift not only to the recipient, but also to the person giving.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Round Hill Search, Inc. is a legal staffing and placement firm. We place legal professionals in law firms and corporate departments and work with Attorneys, Paralegals and Support Staff. I have worked in the industry for over 15 years and was compelled to start Round Hill Search to really continue doing what I loved, but doing it in a way that was more of a personalized service. At Round Hill Search, our founding values are Excellence, Service and Integrity, and those values are woven through every aspect of our business. A lot of our business is referral based, and I honestly think that comes from the way in which we do business. Candidates aren’t just a ‘commission’ to us, our recruiters are trained in a way that we value each candidate and work to provide the absolute best service that we can for them in the next steps of their career. If we’re not able to help them, we still provide them with resources and tools to access. I had a candidate refer 4 of his colleagues to me just recently, and it wasn’t because I placed him at a new firm. Essentially, he was working with 2 recruiting firms, but although the other firm ultimately found him a role, he was so impressed by our service that he felt compelled to refer his friends to us instead of the other recruiter. He was so grateful for the way in which we helped him prepare for interviews, strategize about his career, and even help him indirectly for landing the other opportunity. Of course we all have to deal with challenges in business. Right now, I would imagine that every business has had to change some aspect of their operations to deal with COVID-19. We are no exception, and while direct hiring has definitely slowed down, we are working with law firms and corporate legal departments in providing contract attorneys, paralegals and support staff to assist them with project work. Lessons that we are learning are that you have to be adaptable and open to change. Life isn’t easy, it comes with seasons and change is the one thing that is guaranteed. I think that the more flexible you are, AND grateful you are for those seasons, the easier it is to manage them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Interestingly enough, I just had my best friend visit from London about 6 months ago. She came with her family and we wanted to show them the best time ever. For anyone visiting, I have my ‘go to’ spots. A drive along the PCH, and a visit to the beaches of course. Venice Beach is always a good one for people watching. I love the outdoors, and hiking is a great thing to do out here in California. Temescal Canyon is one of my favorite hikes, but you have to go all the way up to the top. Many people turn back without getting to the top for the magnificent pay off of the view! I would eat at a couple of my favorite Indian Restaurants; Taste of India in Sherman Oaks, and Spice Affair in Beverly Hills. Other favorites are Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, and Blue Jam Café (Sherman Oaks) for a really good breakfast. The food at all of these places is amazing! Locally, I would also take friends shopping at The Grove, and then for afternoon tea at The London or the Peninsula Hotel. I would definitely take a trip down to Laguna Beach too, the art galleries and overall energy down there is really great!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dr. Yasmine Davidds deserves a shout out! I stumbled upon her program in 2018, and participated and graduated in 2019. Dr. Davidds is doing such great transformational work for women, and especially minority women. She has an amazing executive leadership and entrepreneur program that is truly transforming lives. My experience in the course was life changing, and helped me in so many areas of my life. I met so many other accomplished women, who are now an integral part of my network. The program really forced me to face many foibles, and to delve deeper into my own background and ‘story’, to help me ultimately move forward as a powerful leader in my life. It also helped me to work on not only myself, but also my business in way that I had never done before. www.
I’d also like to give a shout out to my husband, Chappale Burton, who has been a major support to me for my career and life. He is a motivational speaker and author, and is the co-founder of the health and fitness accountability group; Tribe 100x. He has always been an accountability partner for me (and my biggest cheerleader) which has continually propelled me forward in all my endeavors over the years.
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