Theresa Salas Masters Recruiting and Motherhood

Grizzly Sales Force is celebrating the three-month anniversary of one of our incredible team members! Theresa Salas joined the team as a Human Resources and Recruiting Manager in August and has already created a strong record of success. We sat down with her this month to discuss exactly what it is that makes her such an amazing leader. We could tell you her story, but instead, we’ll let her take this one.

“I was born in Sacramento California and grew up in different parts of the state. Some of the most influential childhood experiences for me include learning how to save and invest, always being encouraged to try everything at least once, and never giving up on what I wanted to accomplish. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood include raising my first dog and training her to her full potential. I had a German Shepherd and she was the smartest dog I have ever come across. She knew all kinds of tricks from sit to play dead. I also always recall my father encouraging me to try new things at least once because you cannot say you don’t like something if you’ve never tried it. These new activities with my dad included mountain biking, learning how to ride a motorcycle, learning how to ride a jet ski and of course, skiing in the snow! I was never too involved with sports at school, however, I did play tennis, volleyball, and kickball. I have always been a competitive person, but group sports definitely helped build the foundation for healthy competition, how to be a team player, and how to enjoy the wins big to small.”

Did you see yourself in this industry?

“I had no idea I would be in this field, but I ended up loving it! I have always had a strong background in customer service and the ambition to try something new, so it was all about finding a rhythm. My childhood dream job, because of my love for animals, was to be a veterinarian or to major in equine science, which deals with horses. My father was a police officer, so I always imagined combining our two careers and becoming an animal safety police officer. Now just having a dog is enough for me.”

Tell us about your college experience.

“I absolutely loved college! Human Anatomy and Math were my two favorite subjects, and I loved how the environment was independent and challenging. I always made it a goal to finish top in my class and help others understand concepts that might have not been clear. I plan on finishing my Bachelor’s in business within the next year or so.”

Where did you work before joining the Grizzly team?

“Before joining Grizzly Sales Force, I worked as an Inbound Sales and Relationship Manager at a Credit Union called First Tech in California. I absolutely loved this job because I got to solve Credit Union members’ problems and give helpful financial tips on a daily basis.”

What is one life experience you feel has shaped you?

“One life experience that has helped shape me into the person I am today is having the privilege to travel to third world countries. Traveling to third world countries has made me a more humble and appreciative human being. I love being immersed in different lifestyles and cultures and wish everyone had this opportunity.”

What is something we might not know just by looking at you?

“Something you may not know just by looking at me is that I have a three-year-old daughter and I have traveled to more than seven countries.”

What do you consider to be your greatest skill?

“One of my greatest skills would have to be my ability to adapt and grow in any situation, I love figuring things out and being able to master anything new until the point where I can teach and influence others.”

What is the first thing you noticed about your company?

“The first thing I noticed at my office was the family office environment. I can honestly say we all treat each other with kindness and respect, but we are also about having fun and motivating one another.”

What are some of your best memories in the company?

“Recently, I was given an opportunity to join a leaders conference in Chicago. This was both empowering and inspirational because I got to see what growth and success look like in the office.”

What are the greatest challenges that you’ve dealt with in your work?

“The most challenging part of my workload is finding a good rhythm and balance. I have made a schedule that I still adjust now and then that designates times for making calls and scheduling potential new starts with the company. I have gained plenty of new experience in my role as a recruiter, and have learned how to better manage my time so that each minute at work is productive. Having the opportunity to meet so many new people has been my favorite aspect of the job.”

What are some of your proudest memories?

“One of the proudest moments in my life, besides watching my mini-me grow and learn every day, was graduating top of my class and delivering my graduation speech. At work, I have had the pleasure of receiving praise and acknowledgment for the hard work I do to help our company grow.”

What would you do if you won the lottery?

“If I won the lottery, I would probably buy my mother a brand-new house and help my family in any way possible. I would also travel to the rest of the places on my bucket list!”

When would you say you became an adult?

“I tell myself that I became an adult at the age of 15 because I moved out of my parents’ house and went to a different state to start a new life. If I could tell myself something at age 13, I would tell myself to enjoy being a kid and let adulthood run its course because it’s inevitable. I would also encourage myself to be happy and enjoy the smallest pleasures in life.”

How do you define success?

“I define success as something that is achievable but is also revolving. You can be successful at many things, but life keeps going, so pocket that success and move towards greater successes.”

What are you passionate about?

“I am passionate about people, learning and teaching others. I love being able to explain how things work and I love helping others in any way that I can.”

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

“I have done a lot of crazy things in my life, but the craziest thing so far would have to be learning how to ride a motorcycle in one day and then travel more than 600 miles on a road trip.”

What makes her work harder each day to achieve her goals? What keeps her moving during the slow days of life? For Theresa, it’s simple. “The main thing that motivates me each day to get out of bed and be the best human I can possibly be is not a thing but a person,” says Salas,  “My sweet daughter, Persephonie Amia, is the best gift that I have ever received, and I am so blessed to be able to watch her learn and grow.”

Meet Markus Pierce: Account Manager

Welcome to Grizzly Sales Force, where we value teamwork above all else. We would not have seen the great success we have reached today if it were not for the hard work and determination of our team. This month, we wanted to shine a spotlight on Markus Pierce, an account manager on our team. Pierce was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and has been in the business since October of 2017.

Pierce remembers his childhood as one filled with activity and excitement. “My parents would describe me as very outgoing and energetic,” says Pierce, “I was always looking for something to get into- good or bad. I always had a vision for being my own boss and even started selling snacks to other students in middle school.” The drive towards business is something that always existed in Pierce’s life, long before he earned the title of account manager. As a high school student, the achiever was involved in the Future Business Leaders of America. “Getting involved with FBLA exposed me to a business culture at the very beginning of my high school career,” says Pierce, “It helped influence the decision to take the entrepreneurial path. I always knew I wanted to start in sales and marketing because sales are everywhere. The world revolved around sales.”

After high school, Markus Pierce packed his bags and began his career at the early age of eighteen. “Moving to a whole new city at the age of eighteen taught me to be fully independent and changed my life.”

It wasn’t long ago that Pierce was walking through the Grizzly Sales Force for the first time. Since that day he has seen such great growth and has inspired us as his teammates. “My first thought when I joined the team was of the end goal,” says Pierce, “the merit-based business model caught my eye. When I learned that growth had nothing to do with age or experience, I was all in! Not only has this career grown me as a businessman, but it has enforced more discipline and structure into my personal life.”

As for the culture here at Grizzly Sales Force, Pierce speaks with glowing reviews. “The family culture and strong team environment are what brought me into the business,” says Pierce, “to use one word- ecstatic! The energy and culture we have created have given us such a strong foundation. Every morning there are twenty or more people pushing me to hit my goals- that took my inspiration to a whole new level.”

“The number one lesson I have learned through my work is that any dream is possible as long as you have a support system. Being disciplined in what separates the successful from the unsuccessful.”

Despite the growth he has already found, Markus Pierce is only looking up. “My main goal is to be in a position to help others succeed and hit their personal goals. The people I grew up around tended to tear each other down, never building one another up. I want to be the person that changes the flow of things, the one that breaks the stereotypes.”

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Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Post-grad summer is coming to an end. We all know what that means. If you haven’t started already, it’s time for the job hunt. Fighting the slew of other applicants during this time can feel like swimming upstream, a never-ending battle with no sign of success. Feeling like you might start considering an unpaid internship? Don’t give up hope quite yet. Grizzly Sales Force is here to set you on the right track so that the next interview is the last interview. Follow these do’s and don’ts and watch how fast you nail that job.

  • Do dress your best. Nothing turns an interviewer off faster than an overly casual candidate.
  • Do arrive at least 10 minutes early, you’re not a burden.
  • Don’t overthink. You’ll put yourself at risk of sounding rehearsed.
  • Don’t seem distracted or disinterested. This may seem obvious, but sometimes anxiety and nerves can come off as disinterest- be careful.
  • Do your research and be prepared to talk specifics.
  • Do make small talk. An interview is about more than just the resume facts, they are looking for a fit for the company culture.
  • Do come prepared with a question. Almost every interview ends with “do you have any questions for me?” A prepared question shows a vested interest in the position and the company.
  • Don’t name drop. If you happen to know someone at the company, wait for it to come up naturally in conversation- chances are the interviewer already knows. For many, it comes off as tacky for a candidate to walk into the room and immediately and unnaturally mention someone who happens to work there.
  • Don’t trash talk your previous company. It is common for interviewers to ask a candidate what they did/didn’t like about their previous job. Of course, be honest, but there is a way to do that without being bitter or disrespectful. Instead of “my boss was a jerk,” maybe go for “there wasn’t strong communication between leadership and the rest of the team.”
  • Don’t people please. Trust us, we get it. When you want the job bad enough, you will say almost anything in an interview. However, the transition into the company will be much easier if you are honest about exactly who you are, and what you want out of a job. If the interviewer asks you if you know how to use photoshop, don’t say yes just to snag the job. Next thing you know, you’re sole task in the company is photoshop, now what? Be respectful, flexible, positive, but honest.

You’re all set! You’ve got everything you need to impress that interviewee in a matter of 15 minutes. From all of us here at Grizzly Sales Force, we wish you the best of luck.

How to Kickstart Your Career in Ten Minutes

 

LinkedIn is a popular form of professional social media and online resume building, but the true muscle is in the myriad of hidden features. By taking advantage of everything the site has to offer, you can get a leg up on the job hunt in a matter of minutes.

Groups

Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we know that the secret sauce of a strong professional network is exclusivity. Creating a group of people based on a shared professional interest can drastically boost your success on this platform and beyond. When considering your connections, i.e “1st level, 2nd level, 3rd.,” the power of the group is in the maximization. When posting about a job change, a job search, an accomplishment, etc. in the group, your announcement is boosted beyond those 1st level connections.

Publications

Are you an aspiring journalist? Highlight your work in the publications tab with direct links to your articles. Not to mention, this feature is apt for showing off social media management work through Instagram feeds or editorial blogs. Advertising your creative work in such a dynamic way will set you apart from the drab of bulleted links.

Connections @ Company

Congrats, you’ve found your dream company! LinkedIn has even done you the favor of showing you that you are a “perfect match” for this company, with all of the qualifications of a potential employee. The key to success after the first “congratulations!” notification, is forging deeper connections. Lucky for you, LinkedIn shows any and all connections you may have at the company for potential contact. Our advice here at Grizzly Sales Force is to take that gift and run with it. Contact those connections, because you never know will end up in your corner.

Career Advice

An overused piece of advice to students and young professionals is “find a mentor.” However, we know that is much easier said than done. With LinkedIn, the professional fantasy of a wiser, older guru with years of experience to help guide you through the trials and tribulations of your chosen career path is now a reality. By opting into the “Career Advice” feature, you are opening yourself to the opportunity to gain valuable advice from behind your screen.

“Get Introduced”

Looking for a way in? When you stumble upon a connection of a connection, you have the opportunity through LinkedIn to “Get Introduced Through a Connection.” Skip the uncomfortable, “Didn’t you work with her? Could you introduce me?” text. We think you should let LinkedIn do the dirty work for you.

In the modern digital age, much of the professional networking happens through social media, and the key to a successful career is harnessing that knowledge. Here at Grizzly Sales Force we feel confident that you too can harness this knowledge to transform your career in minute

Call it a Plan: Grizzly Sales Force’s New Manager, Tandy

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The culture at Grizzly Sales Force is often described as tight knit and unified. For family oriented individuals, such as our new manager, Tandy, this type of environment is a great fit both professionally and personally. During his time at Grizzly Sales Force, Tandy has demonstrated values such as unity and camaraderie – values that were instilled in him at a young age.

Born in the St. James Parish of Montego Bay, Jamaica, in a place called Barrett Town, Tandy has always been very close to his relatives. He grew up with a passion for drawing cartoons and scenery and a love for playing percussion instruments. Tandy even played drums for his church’s band and his high school’s band! While attending William Knibb Memorial High School, Tandy built picture frames and saving jars out of wood and then marketed and sold them to his peers, proving that he is an entrepreneur a heart!

In addition to his craftsmanship, Tandy was a track and field star, where he was mostly a dash runner because he loved to go fast and keep his eye on the prize! In addition to running, Tandy played soccer as a forward. His love for athletics would later become extremely useful in the development of his leadership and team building skills at Grizzly Sales Force.

After finishing his senior year of high school, Tandy participated in the William Knibb Memorial’s greater education program, where he studied architectural engineering for 2 years. He decided to leave school to run his own carpentry firm with his cousin. Tandy also obtained a job working for Delta airlines and balanced that job with his carpentry work; he worked for Delta during day and did carpentry at night for close to 3 years!

Tandy migrated to the United States in 2012 to Orlando, FL. He made a close friend quickly and the two of them ran a “Golden Crust” franchise, a restaurant that serves authentic Jamaican cuisine. During this time, Tandy was blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Robyn in 2014, who presently lives in Orlando with her mother.

Later that year in 2014, Tandy was presented with the opportunity to move to Nashville to partner with his brother and start a catering company named “Nashville Island Cuisine”. For a few years, the brothers enjoyed running the company together, but ultimately, the business wasn’t as profitable as they hoped.

Tandy began searching for new career opportunities outside of the food industry. In the summer of 2016, he came across a LinkedIn job posting for a private marketing and sales firm in Nashville. Tandy was intrigued by the opportunity and the merit based advancement structure; a career that emphasizes rewarding hard work was exactly what he was looking for!

Just a couple of months after Tandy started his new marketing and sales career in Nashville, news broke out that our client, DirecTV, would be expanding into Memphis. Our now CEO, Mike Figueroa, would be overseeing the Memphis market and asked Tandy if he would be interested in moving to Memphis with him to open Grizzly Sales Force. Tandy recalls, “Mike had open arms for a soldier like me, and I was down for whatever!”

Right away, Tandy fell in love with Memphis. Just 3 months after he started working in Memphis, Tandy reached the qualifications for Assistant Management! How did he do it so quickly? Tandy remembers, “I was very intentional about everything. I was a man on a mission. I believed in myself and my team.” Tandy also had (and still has) a “vision mirror,” where he writes down his goals on his bathroom mirror. Tandy laughs, “I like looking good, but I love seeing my goals even better!”

Now officially a manager within Grizzly Sales Force, Tandy will be opening his own consulting firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan by late January, representing another multi-billion dollar telecommunications client. When Tandy received word that Grand Rapids was an open market for the client, Tandy checked it out, and he loved it! While visiting the area, he experienced the great culture and welcoming people of Grand Rapids!

Besides opening his new company, Tandy has plans to found a non-profit organization called “Fambily Guyz” – Fambily being the Jamaican word for Family. The organization will create healthier relationships in the household, especially for teenagers and their parents. Being the family oriented individual that Tandy is (he even calls himself a “Momma’s Boy”), effective communication and strong relationships amongst family members are crucial for him.

Grizzly Sales Force is incredibly proud of what Tandy has accomplished while working with our firm. Our team is excited to see his continued success running his own office in Grand Rapids. 2018 is YOUR year, Tandy!

 

Interviewing 101 with Grizzly Sales Force

We’ve all been there – nervous, excited, worried, stressed, and hopeful. We scurry up to a building (after circling the area for 20 minutes trying to find it) with sweaty palms, clenching onto the resume that we desperately printed out at Kinko’s 10 minutes earlier because our printer wouldn’t connect to WiFi, and the ink was low. We fill out a form in the lobby, wondering what the person we are about to see will think of our frazzled hair that the Memphis humidity just destroyed. Yes, we are talking about interviewing!

While interviewing can be frightful for most, the best way to ease anxiety is through preparation and awareness. Read along as Grizzly Sales Force shares its 6 best interviewing tips for job seekers to ace their next interview!

1. Be prepared and on time.

While it’s understandable that life has its own way of bringing chaos into its most important moments, first impressions are everything. Showing up to an interview late without a resume is an immediate turn-off for employers. Also, prepare for your interview by researching the organization, so you’re not going in completely blind to what the company does.

2. Dress to impress.

Ever heard the saying “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have?” Live by this. Employers immediately notice when an interviewee dresses sharp. They appreciate that the person took the time to look his/her absolute best!

3. Be a learn-it-all, not a know-it-all.

Employers are interested in your background and work experience, but they also want to know what new skills you wish to gain and in which areas you would like improve. They brought you in for an interview because they felt you were qualified, so now it’s time to show them how this position will help you reach your career goals!

4. Keep it professional.

Whether the interview setting is formal or casual, remember that it is still an interview. Avoid over-sharing personal information, as this may come off as unprofessional to the employer. Again, first impressions are everything; if you’re questioning the professionalism about what you’re about to say, it’s probably best to not say it. In conjunction, if you have anything poor to say about your previous company or position, don’t!

5. Ask about the company culture.

You should feel comfortable in the environment you work in, so make sure the culture is a good fit. Does the company has special team events? Do they participate in charity projects? Is it a tight-knit community or do people mostly keep to themselves? These are all great questions to ask!

6. Thank the interviewer for their time in person and again via email.

Before you leave, shake the interviewer’s hand, thank them for their time, and ask for a business card. Later, send a thank you email to the interviewer (hence, the reason for obtaining their card), whether or not you felt the position was right for you. People appreciate knowing that you value their time!

Whether you’re a recent college graduate or a professional looking for a career change, excellent interview etiquette is a must! Do you have more interviewing tips? Post them in the comments below! For more professional advice, check out Grizzly Sales Force’s boards on Pinterest!