Recruiting Assistance


The Recruiter-in-Residence (RIR) at the University of Illinois Research Park provides one-on-one recruiting assistance to companies scaling their operations through talent acquisition. Consulting is available for Research Park companies including corporations, small businesses, EnterpriseWorks tenants, and affiliate members. Growth-stage startups are prioritized.

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Sophie Roney is the Recruiter-in-Residence for the Research Park. She focuses on helping clients with best practices for sourcing, identifying, and successfully hiring full-time technical talent. She is the owner of PickedUS , a recruitment consulting agency specializing in startups, and agriculture-tech. Sophie is a Champaign native as well as a UIUC Gies College of Business alumna with experience in full-cycle recruiting and talent analytics from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In addition to one-on-one technical recruiting assistance, she hosts annual training events and workshops throughout the year.


Consulting services  include:

  • Technical recruiting advice and strategy suggestions
  • Receiving templates for recruitment strategizing
  • Interview planning
  • Employment brand development

To receive a consultation, please submit an online request form.


Lessons Learned in Six Years as a Tech Recruiter | Jul 31, 2019

COVID-19’s Effect on Tech Recruiting – RIR Workshop | May 6, 2020

Job Search Strategies During COVID-19-RIR Workshop | May 21, 2020

Hiring & Networking Events

In addition to the Recruiter-in-Residence program, the University of Illinois Research Park hosts and participates in multiple career fairs every year. Additionally, Catalyze, a professional networking event, is held twice a year at EnterpriseWorks to encourage conversation among employers across Research Park and the  Champaign-Urbana community. These events allow Research Park companies to recruit full-time and part-time employees, as well as interns.

Research Park also employs a full-time staff member dedicated to recruiting assistance and professional development. Jenny Kim, Assistant Director of Talent, connects employers to talent, facilitates hiring events and development workshops, and supports the growing workforce of Research Park.

For more information on recruiting assistance, contact Jenny at

Jenny Kim
Assistant Director for Talent

Jenny facilitates recruiting services and connects companies with talent.