27 April 2017

Archives for September 2015

You Changed My Life

You Changed My Life

Rob Hobson

When someone says, “you changed my life, the letter doesn’t need much introduction or explanation. Rob lays his awesome story out pretty well. Congratulations Rob; I’m glad I got to work with you, and I am very proud of you!

We can all take a lesson or two from Rob. Read his message to learn the secrets of his success.

– Dave O’Farrell

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I wanted to update you on my job search. I am now employed!

The company is Finlay’s Tea. They are the largest tea trading company in the world. Probably not a brand you have heard of. I had never heard of them. A recruiter called me out of the blue. This was a guy I met at a tradeshow last year. He called to see if I knew anyone in the Atlanta area looking for an upper level sales position in beverage; he didn’t know I was unemployed. It turns out that he went to college with the COO of this company. The position had not even been posted yet. I sent him my resume and, three interviews later, I got the job.

Finlay’s, it turns out, is the largest supplier of tea to Coca-Cola in the world. In fact, Coke made Finlay’s their new global tea partner last year. As such, they were looking for a seasoned sales executive in the Atlanta area. My job is the National Account Director, and Coca-Cola is my account. It doesn’t get much better than that.

It has now been a little over a month. The job is going great. Two months ago, I would have never thought this day would come. This job is perfect for me. As I move forward, the position will take a more global role with Coca-Cola. Their Center for Tea Excellence is in Shanghai. Now I know why I learned Chinese all those years ago! Everything happens for a reason. There are no coincidences. God has a plan – you just have to stay positive and proactive so you recognize it when it comes along.

I just want to say thank you to you and your team. Those early Friday mornings at your meetings are what kept me going. I was forced to get up early, to dress as if I was going to work. They kept me positive. And, when you are unemployed at 49 years old, staying positive is 80% of the battle.

Keep doing what you do. You and your team are not just making an impact in people’s lives. You are changing people’s lives. You changed mine.


– Rob Hobson