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!"

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.