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Cooperative Career Fair A job seeker, far right, speaks to Unitus Community CU employees at the 2019 Cooperative Career Fair in Portland, Ore. From left to right: Megan Snyder, assistant vice president of loan operations; Char Sears, assistant vice president and remote experience manager; Martha Kluver, senior employment specialist; Aaron Clark, North Williams branch manager; and Shaylynn Kealoha, lead member advocate at the Westmoreland branch.

What makes somebody the right fit for a job? In my opinion, a big factor is something that can’t be changed or developed – it comes down to personality and chemistry, and whether the individual meshes comfortably with their teammates and the organization’s culture. And it’s hard to say whether the fit is right until the new employee has settled into their role. In any type of new relationship, people are generally on their best behavior in the beginning, hiding their quirks and flaws until it becomes too much work to do so. As a friend of mine used to say about couples who just started dating, “At the three-month mark, the crazy comes out!”

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as managing editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 13 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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