About Me

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Hi everyone! Claire Petrie here. I was born and raised in the Buffalo, NY area and am currently residing and working here. Go Bills and Sabres! I’m a Talent Acquisition Manager specializing in placing professionals into full-time permanent positions in the local manufacturing and logistics markets. If you’re looking for a new opportunity in Buffalo, NY or need help finding and hiring top talent for your business, reach out to me! Prior to my current position, I’ve held multiple roles in Talent Acquisition Specialist and HR Generalist capacities.

I’ve built over six years of successively diverse HR management experience with privately-owned and publicly-traded global leaders that provide hospitality and food service management, medical devices development, and non-dairy/frozen food production. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in HR from the University at Buffalo, an MBA from Niagara University, and the PHR designation through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). I’m a regular blog contributor for SHRM and Workology, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Niagara HR Association (BNHRA). I also facilitate professional development events at both of my alma maters and co-lead my company’s Women in Leadership group.

Before getting into HR, I worked at my local animal shelter for 6 years. Without really knowing it, this position honed my customer service and communication skills and set me up for a great career in HR/talent acquisition. Each day I was interacting with potential adopters of all kinds – some experienced pet owners, and some who had never had a pet. Each person/situation needed a different approach, level of education, and communication style. I use this same mindset with my clients and hiring managers today. Some understand candidate experience, employer branding, how to interview, etc and some have never done it before. My flexible and consultative approach has helped me achieve success in my career so far, and boy, it’s been a lot of fun!

Helping people and being able to make a difference in someone’s life is what keeps me waking up every morning. I find my purpose in giving career advice, helping people display value through their resume and LinkedIn profile, providing interview techniques, advising those starting off in (or changing) their careers, matching people with opportunity, and helping business’ achieve results through talent solutions. (If you need any tips for your job search, resume or LinkedIn profile, I’d be happy to help!) I enjoy working with youth and those who are finding their way in the world of work. I love to listen, coach, network, volunteer, learn, present and make people smile. Finding perfect matches between people and companies, and win-win solutions to business and people challenges is truly my passion.

In any environment in which I work, my mission is to provide outstanding service to internal and external customers. I am goal and results-oriented, work well under tight deadlines, and am flexible in responding to day-to-day changes. I’m known for being able to change my recruiting/communication style based on the types of candidates I’m looking for. I’ve filled the gamut from hourly production and office staff, to mid-level machinists, mold/tool makers and mechanics to higher level engineers and managers of all types. My reputation for bringing a can-do attitude and positive outlook comes with me wherever I go! I love being told I have a good challenge ahead of me. (:

When I’m not working I like to read, listen to podcasts, go for walks, play with my kitty (10 year old tortoiseshell, Shya), volunteer, network and collaborate with others, and spend time with my amazing husband! My husband and I like to travel around the country to visit friends and vacation.

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If there’s anything I can help you with, please reach out to me through the contact me area here on the blog!