Recent grad awarded RiseSmart’s professional career transition services and $1,000 wardrobe makeover

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 22, 2017 — RiseSmart, the leading provider of contemporary career transition services, has selected Paige DePagter as the winner of its “Rising Grad” Contest. DePagter was chosen by a panel of expert judges who evaluated submissions based on participants’ career aspirations, and the creativity, inspiration and originality of the response.

As the winner of the contest, DePagter has been awarded a $1,000 retail store gift card for a new career wardrobe, as well as access to the RiseSmart Professional Program, a three-month program that includes:

  • Personal coaching with a Certified RiseSmart Transition Coach
  • Professional branding by a Certified Professional Resume Writer
  • Hand-picked job leads from a RiseSmart Job Concierge
  • Access to RiseSmart’s all-in-one career transition platform, which leverages RiseSmart’s patented SmartMatch™ engine
  • Admission to RiseSmart’s extensive library of job seeker resources

“Winning this contest gives me a great opportunity to create a professional brand coming out of college,” said Paige DePagter, recent graduate of the University of South Florida. Paige describes herself as a “future philanthropist” and states, “I'm excited to use this chance to further a career in pediatric oncology and create change that matters in my dream field.”

RiseSmart ran its Rising Grad Contest from April 24th to June 4th, 2017. Participants entered the contest by visiting @RiseSmart on Twitter and describing their unique career passions in a retweet of one of the company’s contest posts, or by visiting RiseSmart’s LinkedIn page and responding to one of the contest posts.

DePagter was selected based on her original submission in which she stated her desire to make a difference for those affected by childhood cancer through fundraising, awareness and lobbying. She is currently active in the community and putting her passion into action through internships, including Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Scribe America.

RiseSmart launched the Rising Grad Contest as an initiative dedicated to helping recent graduates get started on the right foot by providing the coaching, personal branding and job search resources necessary to find, and land, that first job out of college. Through its Career Transition Program, RiseSmart has given countless job seekers the resources they’ve needed to land a new job 60 percent faster than the national average.

“We are inspired by Paige and her passion to help people,” said Vice President Marketing, Karin Bootsma. “As a company dedicated to helping people start new careers and find their new beginnings, we are excited to work with Paige to help her realize her dreams.”

For more information about RiseSmart, visit To read the official rules and selection criteria for the Rising Grad Contest, visit the official contest page.

About RiseSmart

RiseSmart, a Randstad company, is the leading provider of contemporary career transition services and serves organizations in more than 40 industries. Since 2007, RiseSmart's contemporary approach to outplacement – which combines personalized services from trained professionals with proprietary cloud-based technology – has earned awards and recognition from more than a dozen organizations, including Bersin by Deloitte, Gartner Inc., the Brandon Hall Group and Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune magazine. As an operating company of Randstad, one of the leading HR services providers in the world that places more than 600,000 people in new roles every day, RiseSmart delivers meaningful results with landing rates exceeding 80 percent and time-to-placement averages 60 percent faster than national averages. For more information about RiseSmart’s career transition solutions, visit

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22 June 2017

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