JOBTALK was founded by Krystal Hicks in 2018 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After more than 10 years of working in the employment sector, Krystal decided to professionalize what had inadvertently developed into a rogue side hustle, providing job hunting advice and recruiting insight to students, educators, businesses and professionals.
"I decided to create JOBTALK after years of having to apologetically say "no" to people who fell "outside" of my job's direct client-base. I remember working at the University, and I would have parents calling me saying, 'I know you have been working with my son/daughter this year, and I was wondering... could you take a look at my resume?' I hated not being able to help people due to a lack of time/bandwidth on my part, or sometimes a conflict of interest dictated by my employer. I do this work because I love it, and because I've seen time and time again how even the tiniest course corrections in someone's process can make all the difference in their search or situation. Launching JOBTALK is about finally stepping into the driver's seat and leveraging my skills and experience to benefit my community and clients in a more direct and meaningful way." - Krystal