All-In at Acara: How Lindsay Alarid’s Love for Helping People Led to Her Sales Success

After getting a taste of sales during her years as a college student, Lindsay Alarid knew she had found her calling. Since starting her professional career, she’s been incredibly passionate about helping people and truly enjoys talking to and meeting new clients and candidates each day. She currently serves as an Acara Account Executive and strives to connect businesses and talent to create mutually beneficial partnerships.

In the latest edition of our “All-In at Acara” series, learn how Lindsay leveraged her previous professional experiences to develop into a proven Account Executive with Acara.

Growing up in the Golden State

I was born and raised in Ladera Ranch, California—which is between Los Angeles and San Diego. I attended the University of California, San Diego, and graduated with a degree in communications. Balboa Island—in Newport Beach—is my current place of residence. The small island is accessible by bridge, ferry, and several public docks and has long been a destination for tourists.

Entering the professional work world

In college, I interned at State Farm Insurance and was hired as a sales team member after graduation.  This position introduced me to the world of sales and taught me the basics of the selling process and customer service skills. When I was ready for a new challenge, I accepted a position at The Stepping Stones Group—a healthcare staffing agency focused on public school district special education departments. I managed the Los Angeles and Orange County regions and was responsible for growing top accounts and prospecting new business. This role introduced me to the ins and outs of talent acquisition and taught me how to be client-focused while fostering strong internal relationships with my co-workers. I learned quickly that you’re only as good as your team!

The road to Acara

An Aleron corporate recruiter contacted me regarding a job opening tailored to my experience and skills. What ultimately sold me on Acara was Ryan Stenvick, Vice President of Sales and Delivery. My previous professional experience taught me the importance of looking up to and respecting my co-workers, managers, and leaders. I truly felt like Ryan and I were aligned and would have a very successful working relationship.

Life at Acara

In May of 2021, I joined the Acara team as an Account Executive. It’s my responsibility to build the sales pipeline to grow our company’s business. I accomplish this by prospecting for new clients, formulating sales strategies, and communicating the value of our services—while concurrently supporting my existing clients. My days are spent in meetings, or on phone calls, working collaboratively with my clients to gather information and formulate solutions to meet their talent needs. Acara helps job seekers achieve their career goals while assisting our clients to overcome the talent shortages experienced in today’s labor market—and I find it extremely rewarding to be the solution facilitator.

Challenges and changes

It’s very motiving to work with and for people that I genuinely like. The Acara team is supportive and quick to lend a helping hand. Rejection is part of the sales process. When I’m having a challenging day, I focus on Acara’s role in assisting candidates to find jobs that often change the trajectory of their lives. My friends and family are also quick to support me and help put things in perspective. Throughout the COVID pandemic, the staffing industry has experienced highs and lows. Along the way, Acara has set itself apart from our competitors with our partnership mentality. We show up to each meeting—whether it’s a new client or a client of 30 years—with the mindset that we are not a transactional agency. The Acara team truly fosters a partnership with our clients to discover solutions that best meet their needs.

Life outside of the office

I start my day with a morning cup of coffee and can’t function without it! Work-life balance is very important to me to prevent burnout. I try to get outside each day to get fresh air and take my labradoodle— Kiya—for a walk before I get ready for the day. After work, you can usually find me unwinding with a glass of wine and watching something on Netflix. On the weekend and days off, I allow myself to sleep in before heading out to grab a cup of coffee and a walk around the island. I enjoy spending time with family and friends cooking, baking, and watching sports. If money or time off was no object, I would travel to Switzerland for Christmas, Australia for the New Year, and then to a destination where I can lay on the beach year-round.

To learn more about Lindsay Alarid, connect with her on LinkedIn.

Interested in finding out more about the rest of our Acara team? Check out other editions of our “All-In at Acara” series here.