Chris Bene, Consultant for AAA Oregon AutoSource
Chris Bene transitioned from a business development role in the corporate travel industry to a consulting job with AAA Oregon.
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If you’ve listened to the podcast for a while, you’ve probably heard me say more than once, that knowing what you want is the key to making a successful career change. But, for most of us, figuring out what we want can be difficult. We spend so much of our professional lives doing what we NEED to do, that we often lose sight of what we WANT to do. Or, just as often, we know what we want to do, but we don’t think we can do it for a living, so we don’t even bother to ask. We assume that if we enjoy something too much, it must not be possible to do it for a living. Not true!
This week on the podcast, I chat with Chris Bene, a true HTYC success story. Chris loves cars and loves helping people. So, combining these two interests, he loves to help people decide what car to buy. Compact, midsize or SUV? Front wheel drive or all wheel drive? Internal combustion, hybrid or electric? Chris loves to talk about this stuff. And when he participated in the HTYC Career Change Boot Camp, and really drilled down on what he wanted to do, the answer was clear. He wanted a job helping people find their ideal car. But he couldn’t do that for a living… or could he??
What you’ll learn
- How you can identify what you truly want from your career.
- Why it’s important to focus on what you want, in order to land your ideal role.
- How you can turn a hobby into a career that you love.
The role is meeting my expectations… totally owning the marketing function. And luckily the founder/president is always forward-looking – he just presented us a huge strategy doc for the next year. So there will be an opportunity for us to grow beyond our initial audience, which is great. I applied (against conventional wisdom!) and went through a lengthy interview process. I did use the resume/cover letter chapter quite a bit to customize what I used to respond to the ad. I also found that using the Interview chapter was super helpful in formulating “SBO” oriented responses, and I even used some of them in the interview. Having those “case study” type responses was really helpful and I believe cemented my candidacy. BTW – they hired me completely over Skype and phone! I never met anyone from my company (in person) until last week at a conference.
The way you guys have it laid out it just, it makes it easier to move through the process, because the steps are laid out such a way that it's clear. It's that extra support to help you move through the process that helps you move through the program.
I've completed Figure Out What Fits, and wanted to express my appreciation for you for putting the course together and sharing so many valuable thoughts and concepts through it. I feel that I have gotten value from the money invested, and am so glad that I happened upon HTYC!
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