She Leads – With Jackie Costello


Jackie Costello


Cox Enterprises

SR Technical Recruiter

What would you tell your younger self?

Save for retirement immediately  🙂   and find something you truly enjoy doing for a career. If you love it, it is not a job every day.

What was your major in college and how did you get to the position you are in today?

English Major. My first job out of college was as a college recruiter. I left that world for a few years and I decided to return to the recruiting because I basically missed it. It was the one job that truly made me happy. I didn’t want to go back to college recruiting per say but I did want to learn the business side of it so I got hired on at a recruiting agency. Those were my bootcamp days. It was a lot of business development and learning the ropes of high volume recruiting. Although it was not my favorite job ever, I wouldn’t trade those days for anything. They led me to where I am now.

What was your inspiration and what helped you become successful? How do you define success?

My parents really. They are incredibly hard working people who always taught me to work hard for what I wanted in life but to also be happy doing it. I define success by just being happy. I’ve been in jobs where I hated life. It bled into everything else I did. If you can find a job you enjoy, you will be successful.

How do you balance your work and personal life? Often times one has more importance, and we’re curious to know how you’ve handled the balance.

I am a big planner. I like to know what lies ahead so that I can make certain things a priority.  For me, working out is huge so I always carve out that time. It is my time and it makes me feel good so I always make sure I factor that into my schedule

What is your favorite quote?

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once”- Nietzsche    I used to be a dancer and I truly believe in this. While everyone may not dance every day…We should all find a way to move every day. I always say….move for 12 minutes and see how your mood improves 🙂

What’s your favorite part of your job and why?

I get to help people find jobs 🙂 There is nothing better than when I make a job offer and someone is so excited!

What is your favorite hobby?

I love to workout. I used to be a dancer…I don’t do that anymore due to injury but it will always be with me.

What advice do you want to give the next generation of women leaders?

Do not be afraid to lead. There is so much work to be done and it would amazing to have more women to do it all

What does leadership mean to you?

You do not necessarily need to be in a titled “leadership” role per say to be a leader.  You can lead someone through a difficult time in his/her life. you can lead a team through achievements and challenges. it is someone who is passionate and compassionate. it is someone who understands others or tries their best to do so. A leader has humility…understands that he/she is not the smartest person in the room. Self-awareness is so important.

What’s your advice on mentoring?

Mentoring is so important. it helps bring someone to life. It helps someone understand where another person came he/she got there and the challenges/opportunities encountered along the way.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Cookie dough