As Shanterra describes it, yoga isn't about what everyone else in the room is doing. "It's about you," she says. And just like her work as a senior recruiter, it's an ongoing process. Building and strengthening relationships with clients and candidates is a job that never ends, and that's what she loves about it. The chance to work on relationships one at a time. The chance to be part of a company that's transforming health care for the world. At yoga or at work, Shanterra excels at being exactly where she is: in the moment.
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
I'm a senior recruiter for the sales and marketing team. Every day I'm consulting, guiding or directing the career paths of candidates to find the right fit for them. I was recently promoted to a senior position, which means I work on more complex roles with higher level candidates.
Describe a challenging aspect of your job.
Managing relationships, on top of all the work we do, is the most challenging. Sometimes the relationship can get lost because I'm so focused on administrative tasks, and I have to remind myself to make phone calls, talk with clients and keep the relationship strong. It's all the same work, but different aspects of it.
What strengths do you bring to your work?
I'm comfortable in uncomfortable situations… I get that from yoga. I'm an introvert in an extroverted job, but I provide great service because I want to do the best for the relationships. Yoga is definitely a talking point, because people like to ask about it and it takes our relationship a different level.
Why is your passion important to you?
To be honest, I’m a tough girl, not warm and fuzzy because I have this military discipline. Yoga has helped balance my life. Physically, it keeps me in shape. Mentally, it keeps me focused.
What do you love most about your job?
It's an exciting place to work and very demanding, but that's what makes it great. If I wasn't here, I'd want to be here because I want to work for the best. Being promoted was a shock, because I'm so busy working and I wasn't even thinking about it! It was a pleasant surprise to have my work acknowledged in that way, because they don't just hand out promotions, you have to earn it.
Do you see any overlap between your job and your passion?
Yoga helps me be more present, and that spills over into every aspect of my life, including work. “Be here now.” I’ve learned to be more compassionate for myself and others. It helps me relieve stress and find balance. I live yoga.
How have you grown at UnitedHealth Group?
I was a coordinator before I started recruiting. I learned a lot of business acumen, company tools and things like that. I’ve always been the sort of person who wants to do more and to try different things. One day I got a call and they said, “You wanna recruit?” You don’t just get to recruit for a Fortune 21 company. That doesn’t just happen. Most people don’t start for a $110 billion company. For this company and the leaders here to see something in me, to see that potential and put me in this chair among all these seasoned recruiters, I just felt very honored.
What should someone know before joining our company?
There's a lot going on here and you have to be flexible and go with the flow. You have to change with it, and you have to be resourceful on your own. There's obviously a lot of support, but you have to be a self-starter and a go-getter. That's similar to yoga, because it's not what everyone else is doing – it's about you.
Cabin or Luxury Hotel?
Luxury Hotel because when I travel the less I have to do the better.
Favorite movie and why?
Beaches. It is a story of friendship and love. The things that matter in life. I love music, friendship, love and the beach. It’s all there in the movie.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I'm an introvert. I shut down after work, after all the stimulation of the emails and phone calls, I totally unplug and get into my own space.