Michelle Volberg is a Greenwich mom of two, with an impressive background in media and tech, having worked for over a decade in NYC at places like Daily Beast, Digitas, NBC, ABC, AOL and Captiv8 before moving to Greenwich with her family and launching a recruitment firm, Giledan Search. We spoke to Michelle about her business, family life in Greenwich and more.
Can you share a bit about your family and why you chose Greenwich?
We live in Riverside. My daughter, Edana, is 3 and my son Gil is almost 2. We chose Greenwich due to the close proximity of the city (my husband commutes in for work), the beach town feel (I grew up summering on Cape Cod) and the excellent public school system.
How has your previous experience prepared you to run your own business?
I used to be in ad sales and was constantly bombarded by messages from recruiters who didn’t understand my job or industry. It was very transactional. I am and train my team to be a recruiter that candidates want to speak to. Many of my candidates have told me they typically ignore recruiters but our messages “got them.” Those candidates all have new jobs now.
Our typical client is a major media company you get your news from, stream your favorite shows from, and a company you’re about to hear about. We work with everyone who needs good talent: from the big guys to the startups.
Do you have any “working mom” strategies or tips you love?
Find something you can do, for just a bit, where you’re alone, focused and calm. For me, that’s SLT. An hour a few times a week really helps me stay sane throughout the week.
Lots of moms take a break from the workforce and want to get back in. What are your top tips for bridging a gap in a resume? And also figuring out what you might want to do?
Be honest about it. Tell the hiring manager or recruiter that you took some time off to be with your kids and now you’re ready to get back into it. Stay current with relevant trends and marketplace research in your field. Start your own LLC and consult for friends for free. Great way to bridge the gap and figure out what you want to do.
We love supporting local businesses! Can you please share your favorite places to:
Go to dinner for date night: Little Pub. We like the warm, neighborhood atmosphere and great food.
Go to dinner with kids: Pizza Post. Can’t go wrong with pizza
Go for moms night out: Douro on Greenwich Ave
Grab coffee: I make my own! But if I don’t have time, Black Forest Pastry Shop has the best.
Go shopping: Sophia’s near Greenwich Ave. Sophia owns a vintage jewelry and clothing shop. She has incredible taste and I visit the store weekly. She has gorgeous pieces within all budgets.
Workout: SLT Greenwich. Jess and Tracey are my favorite teachers!
Any other fave local spots: We love taking a walk at the Greenwich Botanical Center with our dog (a big ridgeback!). It’s magical. There are also local flowers and honey in season.