About Alignment Recruiting

Liz Hudson founded Alignment Recruiting in 2016 after years of wondering how she could better serve both her candidates and their potential employers. She has successfully recruited across the country since 2011, with two different recruiting agencies, and knew it was time to change the recruiting mold. While recruiting, she often found herself as a career counselor, but wasn’t in the right position to truly give those services.

Leila Hock, Liz’s business partner and close friend, had launched a thriving career coaching business, Alignment Coaching, in early 2015.  As Liz and Leila conferred about what was missing in both of their practices, they realized that marrying career coaching and recruiting would allow them to support their clients in the way they knew was best for them and Alignment Recruiting was born.

Liz didn’t take the straight and narrow path to becoming a recruiter…it’s been quite a ride! She started her career in the Marketing space after college and spent a glorious two years in San Diego where she learned client relations and how to use creativity in a corporate space. She then trekked back to her beloved Midwest to attend Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she was lucky enough to meet her fellow classmate Leila and bond over their somewhat misplaced love of live country music. Liz’s legal career was split between a large law firm in Chicago and later as Assistant General Counsel at Guggenheim Investments. In both roles, she was a transactional attorney focusing on Investment Management issues. Though Liz realized she had the best legal gig she could imagine at Guggenheim, she reluctantly admitted to herself that being a lawyer just wasn’t cutting it for her anymore. So what next?

Obviously, the next logical move was to quit her solid job as an in-house attorney in Chicago and take a commission-only recruiting job in LA! After all, isn’t that where dreams are made? This decision did not come lightly and, as all attorneys are notorious for doing, Liz analyzed the situation to death before making the leap. She has said many (many) times that it was a weekend at a country music festival in Wisconsin with Leila that made her finally make the move. Leila was still a corporate attorney at the time as well, but she clearly had career coaching in her blood!

As many of her candidates and clients will tell you, Liz isn’t your average recruiter. She’s got the Midwest personality, the LA dreams, the analytical skills of an attorney, the OCD of the oldest child from a big family, and the ability to think outside of the box like any good marketing professional.

Prior to this crazy, winding career path, Liz earned her Bachelors of Science in Advertising from University of Florida, graduating cum laude. Liz can’t seem to decide between living in the Midwest, West Coast, or Southeast, but most recently bought a hundred year old bungalow in Tampa, Florida, which she is lovingly (with some cursing) restoring.

Outside of the office, Liz can be found at her local microbrewery, bribing her nephews for hugs, checking out new food and wine bars, practicing jumping rope with her “Little Sister” from the Big Brother Big Sister program, and watching any Florida Gators, Michigan State Spartans, or Chicago Cubs sporting event. She is also diligently working on her goals of visiting every continent and each US state before her 40th birthday. One continent and four states remain on her list. Anyone have recommendations for Antarctica?