Owner (Female, Age 32) in Atlanta, NY

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleOwner
Salary$45,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size(not answered)
LocationAtlanta, NY
Years Experience8 months

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Forrest Johnson is an executive search firm that I started this past July after leaving a botique executive search firm at which I was an Associate Partner for 9 years.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
business development and cold calling to win new accounts, cold call recruiting to find candidates for clients’ open positions, online networking through LinkedIn

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
none

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with others by phone only. I miss being in an office and interacting with people frequently.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I work from home. The dislike about it is that it’s next to my children’s playroom and I have no one to watch the kids for me while I work! Makes it difficult. ๐Ÿ™‚

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 6
Hours: 3
Co-Workers: 4
Supervisors: 5
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life ofโ€ฆ

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amGet up and eat breakfast.
8am to 9amGrab a cup of coffee. Check voice mails and emails. Respond to them. Set a plan of action for the day and start to attack the most important and lucrative items first.
9am to 10amBusiness development phone calls – call potential clients or existing clients to set appointments, try to win new business. As I’m calling I’m entering information in a database to keep track of the calls I made and follow items / time for the next phone call I make to that person or company.
10am to 11amRecruit on a position, which could entail any of the following: networking on LinkedIn, searching Monster.com for relevant resumes, cold calling through a list of names generated by a colleague, following up on phone calls previously made to potential candidates, or calling professionals in my network to tell them about the position I’m looking to fill and ask if they know anyone who might be a good fit. Usually all of these kinds of calls are a part of recruiting to fill a position.
11am to 12pmRecruiting on another position that I’ve been assigned to fill. This, again, could entail any of the following: networking on LinkedIn, searching Monster.com for relevant resumes, cold calling through a list of names generated by a colleague, following up on phone calls previously made to potential candidates, or calling professionals in my network to tell them about the position I’m looking to fill and ask if they know anyone who might be a good fit. Usually all of these kinds of calls are a part of recruiting to fill a position.
12pm to 1pmLunch – usually either with colleagues or an appointment with a client (to build that relationship).
1pm to 2pmFollow up on phone calls and emails received throughout the course of the morning so far. Do a few personal things, as well.
2pm to 3pmRecruiting on yet ANOTHER position that I’ve been assigned to fill. This, again, could entail any of the following: networking on LinkedIn, searching Monster.com for relevant resumes, cold calling through a list of names generated by a colleague, following up on phone calls previously made to potential candidates, or calling professionals in my network to tell them about the position I’m looking to fill and ask if they know anyone who might be a good fit. Usually all of these kinds of calls are a part of recruiting to fill a position.
3pm to 4pmThis is usually my “energy low” of the day. I take a bit of time to surf the internet for personal to-do items and, also, do a bit of research on what companies I’d like to do business with in the future. I also do some research on candidates to recruit in the future for opportunities I’m working on. I finally do a bit of email and checking of voice mail, and take a quick snack.
4pm to 5pmRecruiting on yet ANOTHER position that I’ve been assigned to fill. This, again, could entail any of the following: networking on LinkedIn, searching Monster.com for relevant resumes, cold calling through a list of names generated by a colleague, following up on phone calls previously made to potential candidates, or calling professionals in my network to tell them about the position I’m looking to fill and ask if they know anyone who might be a good fit. Usually all of these kinds of calls are a part of recruiting to fill a position. I wrap up the day at 5p, so the end of the usually brings with it more email and voice mail checking / responding.
5pm to 6pmHome!
6pm to 7pmEat Dinner.
7pm to 8pmGet the kids bathed and in bed.
8pm to 9pmRelax with my husband and clean the kitchen from dinner.
9pm to 10pmGo to bed.
10pm to 11pmSleep.
11pm to 12amSleep.

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
I started my own business!

What was the application process?
Applied for an LLC. ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
No. I’m working for myself.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
N/a

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
YES. They were fantastic. Continual training, for 9 years.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
On the job training. Spent a lot of time in trial and error learning on the job.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
No. My formal education was liberal arts, nothing specific to executive search.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
n/a

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
I would encourage him/her to NOT work internally for a corporate recruitment department, and I’d discourage them from going to a temp agecy or large company like Spherion. If they want to be known for their quality of work and make a name for themselves in the business, they need to go with a retained firm or a boutique firm with a strong reputation. Go on an interview and interview them back.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
you have to enjoy (or be willing to do) cold calling

you have to have a really strong “read” on people

you have to be willing to spend hours and hours on the phone

be articulate

shake off disappointment and be impervious to change

overcome objections

influence

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
yes, the higher the education the better. Must be trained by the best in the industry or you’ll fall flat on your face!

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Be picky about who you work for. It’s all about numbers – the more calls you make the quicker your chances of success. Work in an open environment in which you can sit near the best and learn from them by listening. ASK QUESTIONS and seek advice from the best when needed. Get people talking on the phone to garner their interest in your position.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
YES. I want to own my own business and work for myself at home.

What are your current career goals?
Make enough money to pay off our family’s debt (including mortgage).

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Not that I can think of. I love it!

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Associate Partner9 years$60k-90kbusiness development and client management, some recruiting, managing internal recuiters
Prior Job 2manager, business development3 months35konline customer service and some business development to create website partnerships

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.8

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4Furman UniversityMusic and Communications (two degrees)
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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