Talent Acquisition Manager
David Gaspin graduated in 1996 from the Hartt School of Music, the conservatory affiliated with the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He left with a music degree and a focus in musical theater, and he moved to New York to become a Broadway performer.
"Over the six years that I pursued that dream, there were times, I'm proud to say, that I actually made a living as an actor," he told CNBC.com in an e-mail. "But most of the time I was earning my keep doing something else." While "something else" often meant telemarketing, waiting tables and tending bar, it also meant a temp assignment filling in for an HR assistant at a media company.
"When they asked me to stay long-term, I couldn't pass up the opportunity," he said "From there, it was an upward trajectory. A few promotions, some job changes, and an eventual MBA in HR Management from CUNY-Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, and I found myself at TheLadders, the job-matching service for professionals, and I couldn't be happier." The irony of his situation is not lost on him. "If I was hiring for the job that got me started in HR, there's no way I would have even gotten an interview."