I have always had a major role in recruiting because I believe the key to business success is in hiring the best and the brightest. Serendipity often plays a role in discovering truly remarkable people and Kori Jamison’s story of coming to work at Clayco is one of my favorite examples of happening upon a talented young woman who has joined Clayco and made a big impact in our company and for many other young people. Kori shares her story here:

“As a 20-year-old working at a local sandwich shop, I was constantly thinking about my next move. I was determined to find a career that met my desire to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing, and challenging environment. 

I always thought a career in construction would provide these things, but, with no industry connections or knowledge about the types of jobs that existed in the field, it seemed like more of a dream than a reality. 

But I was determined. 

One summer morning in 2017, I decided to attend a Cook County hiring event. If anything, I thought the event would be an opportunity to meet a few people and grab a few flyers on construction opportunities in Chicago. 

At the end of the event, I was approached by a man who asked what brought me to the fair. We talked about my job search and our mutual interest in the construction industry. The man was genuinely interested in my life and career aspirations and made me feel even more certain of my decision to pursue a career in this field. 

Following the career fair, I decided to apply for a position at Clayco. To be completely honest, I did not expect to receive an interview or even a callback, but I knew that applying put me one step closer to starting my career in construction.

A few weeks later, I picked up the phone and it was someone from Clayco on the line. They were offering me a job. I was stunned. When I asked if I would need to interview, the woman on the phone explained that I had already met the boss, Bob Clark, at the Cook County Career fair and he wanted me to join the team at Clayco. 

Fast-forward to 2020 and I am celebrating three years at Clayco and my recent promotion to Assistant Superintendent.

Throughout my life, I have constantly been motivated to do more, learn more, and push myself harder. Clayco has given me the opportunity to do this and so much more. Clayco has surrounded me with incredible people who have supported and encouraged me every step of the way. 

My experience at Clayco has motivated me to help other young people find their passion. 

Through the Construction Career Development Initiative (CCDI), I serve as a mentor for individuals hoping to pursue a career in construction. To me, nothing is more important than helping others find their passion and a career that fits it. Bob Clark’s genuine desire to help me three years ago landed me where I am today. 

I look forward to more years at Clayco and to helping individuals like myself find a career that they enjoy as much as I have enjoyed mine at Clayco. “

To learn more about CCDI and to read more stories like Kori’s, click here.