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