27 Jan Looking Back…A Hint to My Future
My degree is in Hotel / Restaurant Management.
My first job out of school was with the Doubletree Resort in Scottscale Arizona.
It took me three months to figure out that was NOT the industry I wanted to be in.
My next job was as an Assistant Manager at a luxury apartment community in Phoenix.
I felt like I was having a mid-life crisis as the ripe ol’ age of 23 as I was not happy with the lack of direction in my career.
I was actually considering entering the Military when I was presented an opportunity to be a #civilengineering #recruiter for a search firm in Phoenix.
Mind you, I had never heard of the executive search profession, and I had no idea what a civil engineer was.
I was offered $1000.00 a month for three months, with a $500.00 a month bonus for hitting a certain amount of phone time, before having to transition into a full commission role.
But after a six pack of beer and talking the opportunity through with my girlfriend at the time (now my wife) and my best friend, I made the leap.
Mike Catena took a risk by hiring me, a young kid, barely out of college, and threw me right into the fire.
Through highschool and college I worked in restaurants and hotels.
But the most successful jobs I had during that time were telemarketing jobs.
I cold called people over the phone selling them foreign lottery tickets.
I cold called people over the phone and sold subscriptions to our local newspaper.
I cold called people over the phone and set up sales appointments for home alarm sales reps that were going to be “in the neighborhood.”
I guess those telemarketing jobs were laying the ground work for what has been nearly a 25 year career as a successful search consultant.
I’m still telemarketing, just at a much higher level and making a much more sizable impact.
I love hearing about how people got into their profession.
As you look back on your life, what were you doing as a young man or woman, that now makes logical sense as to how you landed in your career as a civil engineer or recruiter?