Meet the Navanauts: Alex Rueda, Technical Recruiter
Give us the cliffs notes of your career, pre-Nava.
I launched my recruiting career when I left the US Army Infantry. When I made the transition from soldier to veteran, I had to get creative in spinning my transferable skill sets to match the jobs I was applying for. That sparked my interest to help others like myself get their chance at their dream careers.
I got my first break into corporate recruiting with the health-tech start-up Rally Health, where I focused on recruiting and DE&I efforts. Eventually I landed a job as Candid’s Field Recruiter, where I hired for several hybrid roles, ranging from Manager to Dental Hygienist.
What made you want to join Nava?
To be honest, at first it was because Nava was a health insurance company with an open Technical Recruiter role — and I knew I wanted to be working in technical recruiting at a healthcare company again.
However, as I went through the interview process, I knew I wanted to be a part of Nava’s culture and mission. There is a sense of a greater purpose here, and Nava cares about their employees and company culture.
Biggest piece of professional advice?
Networking and sponsorship are key to growing your career, especially in a remote environment.
What does Nava's mission mean to you?
At Nava we are truly working to fix America’s healthcare crisis. I myself have dealt with healthcare issues, due to having Crohn’s. There have been many ups, and mostly downs, with navigating the healthcare system. I know how important our mission at Nava is and it is great to be a part of a higher purpose again.
If you had to describe your work style with one song, what would it be?
I “cheated” on this one because my working style has two modes and no in-between. The songs are Grindin’ by NF and Coming in Hot by Lecrae & Andy Mineo. This is because my working style shifts from a grinding to a faster pace.
What keeps you going on the good days (and the not-so-good)?
It’s always easy to keep going on the good days. It’s on those not-so-good days when you truly find out who you are and what you’re made of. I’ll always remind myself on those not-so-good days that it could be worse.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a superhero. That is why I joined the US Army Infantry because as a kid, it was the closet thing to a superhero.
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