Don’t let Rachel Bentley Google you.
Rachel, having joined our firm in 2012, graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, instructed by ex-CIA and FBI officers. She is savvy enough on the web to find out just about anything on just about anyone.
It was in fact those very skills that landed her a job interview with Craig Goldenfarb. Prepared to leave the comfort of her hometown of Melbourne, FL, Rachel began sleuthing around for available professional opportunities in South Florida.
Her elder sister had just landed a great job with Place of Hope in West Palm Beach, and they planned to move in together. She reached Craig simply by finding his email address, and sending her resume to him.
“I don’t remember what the email said, exactly”, Rachel explained, “but I do remember being told later that the biggest reason I was hired was my perfect handwriting on the job application!” Craig was smitten from day one, and for good reason.
Like Craig, and many of us here, Rachel is a perfectionist when it comes to her work. “No one has higher expectations for my work than me, so I’ve never had a boss who didn’t love my work. It’s not enough for me to just ‘do my job’. I want people to be impressed with my work product.” That sounds like the Rachel we all know.
Another thing we all know about Rachel is that she likes to fly under the radar, so to speak, and doesn’t clamor for attention. She’s humble. Reserved. Thoughtful. But she is also quick to point out that you don’t need to have a boisterous personality to be a great leader.
“My role model is Ruth of Moabitess [from the Book or Ruth, Old Testament] and how she demonstrated loyalty, commitment, and selflessness. Naomi was her Israelite mother-in-law. When Naomi’s husband and children died, Ruth stayed by her side. Ruth embodies who a real woman should be.”
Rachel gels her point: “Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare instead to the best version of yourself, and try to move that bar higher. That’s what I’m always challenging myself to do.” Good advice, from a smart and talented young woman who knows a thing or two about these kinds of things.