Doesn’t everybody want to hire former pro athletes? I sure thought they did. That’s what so many people filled my head with throughout my career. But, like most things in life, it just wasn’t that easy. It was downright one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever faced. Not only was finding a job difficult, but finding people who could see past my lack of ‘formal’ job experience and truly appreciate the magnitude of what I’d accomplished, the work ethic required to accomplish those things and the life lessons I’d learned in the process, as both a pro-athlete and a man, was harder than I ever imagined.
Here’s why I absolutely LOVE my job…
1. They believe in me.
You know how much experience in the auto industry I had before I took this job? Zero. Absolutely none. But my company believed in me as a person. They didn’t just write me off (as many did) because of my lack of ‘formal’ job experience. They gave me a chance to prove myself. They saw the intangibles and what I’d accomplished as a pro athlete and they saw value in it. They saw potential and promise instead of inexperience. They looked beyond the resume (by the way, can’t most anyone make a resume look good?). If you’ve ever had someone believe in you when others doubted you, you know how impactful this is. My company actually cares about me as a human being. This is incredible! That’s all any of us want from our employers, right? To be treated with respect, dignity and care goes further than most things. I’m beyond thankful that my company does just this.
2. They invest in me.
I trained for seven months before I received my own accounts. That’s a lot of time, money and resources my company has invested in me. They understand that for them to be the best, they not only need to hire great people, but then they need to set them up so they can be their best. They’ve given me everything I need to succeed. Now, whether I do or not, is up to me. And that’s how it should be!
3. They care about my family.
They don’t just care about me, but legitimately care about my family as well. I travel about 15 days a month in my position as an Account Manager. As you can imagine, this puts a lot of stress and strain on my wife and two young kids (3.5 and 1 year old). I, or anyone for that matter, wouldn’t last long in this position if things at home were a wreck. So, they do everything in their power to make sure that doesn’t happen. They always ask how my wife is holding up. My boss, Chuck Chase, has on more than one occasion reminded me that if things get too overwhelming for either my wife or me, all I need to do is let him know so that he can make sure to get me a few more days at home. The care, love and support the company has given my family and me is worth its weight in gold. Our company is run by good people and true leaders who care about everything going on in the lives of their people.
4. Our company culture is second to none.
I was asked the other day what I loved most about my job. Lots of things came to mind: opportunity, support, benefits, pay, freedom, you name it. And all these things are great, but our company is the way it is for one reason. The people! We hire, train and retain the best people. People who care about people. People who believe people are more important than money or success. And this, my friends, is a company that’s worth sacrificing for.
I could go on and on, but that’s the short and sweet of it. Bottom line, my company has, hands down, made me a better man! Seriously, a better all-around man. A better husband. A better friend. A better father. A better employee. A better son. They’ve made me better in every area of my life. Thank you, Jesus, for National Automotive Experts!
Great companies, made of great people, exist! Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. And don’t let anybody tell you that you have to compromise your character or beliefs to get ahead in this world. It just ain’t true!