Making a career change can be challenging. But as Dylan’s story proves, it’s not impossible. Especially if you have someone in your corner.
Dylan Zabriskie had a diverse employment background. He worked as a meat cutter for four years. He also worked for 15 years in high-end retail, in a variety of management roles.
Last year, he decided to end his extensive retail career to study French – and moved to France!
When he returned to the United States, Dylan began planning his next career move. One thing was for certain: he wanted out of retail.
What he wanted was a warehouse management role. He loves organization and logistics work, and loves being active on the job. Having done some warehouse management in the retail industry, he knew it would be a good fit for him.
With that career in mind, Dylan decided that it would be beneficial for him to build upon his industrial skill set.
“I needed more experience working with machinery,” he shared, pinpointing an area he really wanted to develop.
Looking to learn, and interested in furthering his skills, Dylan was not opposed to entry-level opportunities. He knew they could get his foot in the door of a great company.
Casey Nieuwlandt, Clackamas Recruiter, came across Dylan’s resume while doing a search for a warehouse associate and asked him to come to TERRA’s Clackamas branch for an interview.
“I could tell Dylan was exceptional. He was professional, personable and smart. But beyond that he also had a great background. He had previous retail and warehouse management experience. His skills and personality were a great combo and I knew he would be a perfect fit for my client,” she said.
This is how certain she was about Dylan being a great fit:
“He hadn’t even left our office before I presented him to my client. And I was able to extend a job offer to him the very same day!” Casey exclaimed.
Dylan likely wasn’t expecting an offer to come so quickly. Having never worked with a staffing firm before, he hadn’t been quite sure what to expect.
“I had some reservations, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try TERRA.”
Dylan’s open-mindedness in working with TERRA opened the door for him to begin a successful new career. He was able to take his previous skills and move into a new industry, away from retail. Now he is in role that keeps him busy. He is learning new things and building his skill set.
“I love the physical aspect of the job. The work is also complicated, which I enjoy. I’m pushing my body, and I am also pushing my mind,” he shared.
The client could not be more pleased with Dylan.
Casey said, “They love all of the experience that Dylan brings to the table. They are so happy to have him on their team.”
Looking to make a career change? Dylan has this advice:
“If you are not finding the right fit on your own, don’t hesitate to contact TERRA. They can help you transition from one industry into another. You have nothing to lose. Give things a try. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes – because you will. Take those mistakes and learn from them. It’s how you’ll grow.”
Great advice, Dylan! Thank you for trusting us with your job search and letting us play a part in your success story!
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