Staff Spotlight

Meet Sylvia Dahlby – Business Development Manager

This month, we are excited to feature Sylvia Dahlby, Business Development Manager, SmartSearch, in our staff spotlight for July. Sylvia has been with SmartSearch for 20 years, an incredible achievement in any career!

So, who is Sylvia Dahlby?

Sylvia grew up in Kailua, Hawaii, but spent many years living abroad and on the mainland, mostly in California and Arizona, before the islands called her back home to settle in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. She personifies the popular saying (paraphrasing the lyrics of a famous Hawaiian song), “You can take the girl from the island, but not the island from the girl.”

Describing herself as a purveyor of talent acquisition software, Sylvia loves nothing more than helping clients in staffing and recruiting work smarter through technology. However, when not working, Sylvia enjoys the arts, whether it’s performing arts, creative writing, screenwriting, or visiting art galleries. She also loves to be active, going for walks, swimming, or doing yoga.

What are you most passionate about?

Sylvia’s passions revolve around science, technology, space exploration, mixed with music and independent films. Certainly, a recipe for an inquisitive and pioneering mind. 

“I’m passionate about science, technology, and how pushing the frontiers advances human knowledge and improves our lives, whether it’s in the workplace or our communities, our country, or the planet,” explains Sylvia. 

How long have you been in the industry?

Sylvia’s recruiting knowledge came from entering the recruitment industry in 1979. As her interest shifted to technology, she moved to the recruitment software business in 2000, landing at SmartSearch in 2001. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, we are pleased to have her here at SmartSearch for the last 20 years. 

What do you most enjoy about your role?

As a Business Development Manager, Sylvia loves to solve people’s recruiting challenges as she combines her recruiting experience with her deep knowledge of the SmartSearch software. 

“It’s never ever boring. No two days are the same, and I learn something new every single day. The best part is talking to people all over the world about their individual perspective, unique business, recruiting challenges, changes in the industry, and the latest trends in technology” says Sylvia.

As you have read, Sylvia has a zest for life and the arts. We hope you enjoyed getting to know Sylvia.

Be sure to keep an eye out for next month’s ‘Staff Spotlight’ when we put the spotlight on another SmartSearch team member.

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