John Elway Gets To Keep His Spot as BMOC

I started this blog to track my progress as I attempted to move out west. Well, it wasn’t until this week that the first steps were taken. Izzi and I decided that I’d she didn’t get into Harvard that we would start looking at locations out west where I could continue my career as Whole Body Team Leader @ Whole Foods Market and she could teach economically and socially disadvantaged youths the glories of English. After we heard the diappointing news from Harvard I started combing through the job bulletin at work. There seemed to be a few positions open that I sent Izzi’s way for review; West Orange NJ, Hadley MA, San Rafael CA, and Cherry Creek CO. After some initial research we began looking at the prospect of Denver. We discussed the pros and cons and Denver started to look really good. I e-mailed the store and got a response from the Regional Coordinator who wanted to talk. After a brief discussion, which went really well, I told him I would make a decision after I spoke with the Store Team Leader. Her and I played a bit of phone tag and eventually connected. The conversation was good and she asked me to come outh the next week. I agreed and she booked my travel arrangements. A few days later I was on a plane to Denver with an action plan and a dream of the grand Rocky Mountains. I arrived at night and went straight to the store. I got to chat with the BCM specialist a bit before the store closed then went to my hotel. The next day I got up early and went to the store to work. I met a few more TMs and they were great. I was asked to check out another store while ther so I drove out to Superior around midday. It was a pretty drive toward the mountains. The store was pretty and everyone was very nice and accomodating. Superior is about 30 miles outside Denver. It’s a much slower pace than the city and driving to work would be a necessity. It’s not really what I’m working toward right now. I drove back to Cherry Creek again and sat down with the Store Yeam Leader for a chat. We saw eye to eye on many aspects of our business. This was starting to look more appealing. Oh, I forgot to mention the enormous amount of hard work that would have to be put in to clear out the drama, the excessive inventory and right the ship towards the horizon. But I started to feelore confiden about the task, the relocation and the potential success. I went to the hotel and began to rework my action plan and write a list of opportunities. The next morning I got up and checked out of the hotel. I headed over to the Capitol Hill district for breakfast. It was a fun mix of Hispanic, young metropolitan and young artist. The interview was at 1 pm so I had to get back to the store shortly after my meal. The panel was 6 people who all asked inviting questions which I met with honesty, accuracy and just the right amount of charm. They responded well and thanked me for interviewing. I was pretty confident that I nailed it. I had to go straight to the airport to make my 6pm flight. I got the call at the airport from the STL that they were going with the other candidate. She said they felt I was great, answered all their questions excellently and that they had no feedback for me. She said the other candidate had the advantage of working the store for a while and had developed a good relationship with the store and the team. She told me that the Coordinator and the STL of the Superior store would like to talk. I guess I could listen. I’m disappointed I was not successful. I am proud of what I did and that I did very well on the interview. The practice is great. I’m going to go back to the deck and see what pops up. Maybe something better will cross my path and I’ll end up exactly where I supposed to be.

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Published in: on 8 April, 2010 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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