Employee Spotlight On Katie Ramirez

What aspect of your role do you enjoy most?

I feel really blessed to have so much autonomy in my work. There is a lot of support and collaboration, but it is not a micromanaged environment.

Why did you choose a career in staffing?

I worked many temporary jobs in college, and loved being able to gain experience while exploring different types of work environments to figure out what I liked. So when I saw Manpower was hiring, I thought it would be fun to put my skills to use in an environment that made that possible for others. It turns out I was right!

What questions do candidates ask you most often?

Aside from asking about openings available in their area, job seekers often ask me if there is a fee associated with working as a Manpower associate. There is not.

What's the first job you ever had?

I made sandwiches at a local convenience store.

Cats, Dogs, or Reptiles?

Cats. But I do like dogs too.

Did you grow up in a small town or big city?

I grew up in Portland. So if judging by Maine standards, I guess you would say big city.

What is your favorite place to eat in Portland, Maine?

How can you choose just one place in Portland? There are so many terrific spots. I love sushi, so let's say Benkay for now.

Do you like to cook? If you do, what is your favorite thing to cook?

I love to cook, but no one meal in particular. I have the most fun when experimenting with new and different flavors.

Who inspires you?

My family, friends, and coworkers all inspire me in different ways.

What's your favorite movie?

I just can't choose! But sci-fi and fantasy are genres that I adore.

What is your favorite book?

The Count of Monte Cristo. It's a long read but the plot is so intricate and exciting that the pages just fly by.

Have you ever played a sport, adult league or back in school? 

No, sports have never been my thing. But I do enjoy watching an occasional game of hockey.

Lake, pool or ocean?

Lake or ocean.

What hobbies or free-time activities do you enjoy?

When it's warm enough, I love being in nature. Whether I am hiking, swimming, or just going for a walk, it feels so good to be outside and enjoying Maine's beautiful scenery.

What type of music is playing in your car? 

Alternative Rock.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to play the role of you?

Kristen Wiig. Big fan of her quirkiness & humor!

Snuggled up with a book or watching a movie?

Typically watching a movie, but I want to make more time for reading.