Name: Shelly Mudd
Position: VP Sales and Business Development
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Current City: Austin, TX
College: University of Kansas – Go Jayhawks!
Life Motto: “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it!” Margaret Thatcher
What is your role at Jobs2Careers? Describe a typical (or memorable!) day on the job.
My role is everything sales and customer related. My job is to ensure my team has the tools and support they need each day to help employers connect with talent. I’m lucky because every day is different and I get to work with some of the smartest people on the planet!
What is your personal worst career experience you can recall?
I think the toughest part of a manager’s job is having to fire an employee. I’ve had to do this a couple of times in my career and it’s never a good feeling. I feel communication is the key to successful management. I do my best to communicate in advance what is expected of the employee and when there are issues, I do my best to communicate the issue and discuss ways in which to resolve it or improve the situation. If problems persist, then I am sure to communicate the reason why the decision was made to let them go.
From your education, previous employments or life experiences, what do you feel best prepared you for your current role at Jobs2Careers?
Hard-work. Dedication. Having the mindset that failing is not an option. I do not focus on what I can’t do. If I don’t know how to do something, I will not say I can’t do it, but rather figure it out through research, training or trial and error. I’m not afraid to ask for help and I’ve never been afraid to make mistakes. I just make one, learn from it and try never to repeat it!
What is the best part of your job?
My colleagues and the fact that we are helping people find jobs daily!
In your opinion, what makes Jobs2Careers different than any other job aggregator?
Jobs2Careers is not just a job search engine, but rather a bunch of people just trying to make job search easier. We are constantly innovating and developing new things for job seekers and employers.
What is your favorite treat from the Jobs2Careers kitchen?
If you could max out a credit card at any store, which store would you choose?
I just bought my first house, so right now I would say Lowe’s or Restoration Hardware!
What is the best gift you’ve ever been given? Ah, the gift of life from my parents, of course!
What is the most exciting life experience you’ve had? I was invited, pre-9/11, to fly jump seat in the cockpit of a 747 from Madeira, Portugal to Lisbon. It was awesome!
How many countries have I visited? 31 and counting!
What is the best advice you can give to job seekers?
This is a great question! I interview LOTS of people in my job and there are a few things that are crucial to getting a job here, which I’m sure applies to most companies:
- Write a COVER LETTER! Don’t just send your resume. It will get buried in a stack of other resumes. Make yourself stand out. Why do you want a job at Jobs2Careers, specifically? Why do you think you would be a good fit? I don’t want a generic cover letter. I want specific!
- Come prepared for the interview. Look at the interviewer’s LinkedIn profile. Read about our company. Read our blog. Read our Press Releases. Do something to show that you care.
- Give a GOOD handshake. Not overpowering. Not wimpy. Just nice and firm.
- At the end of the interview, always ask what the next step is! Who will contact next? When will decision be made?
- Follow-up with the Interviewer(s) with a Thank You email! Some people send cards via the postal service, but nowadays that’s too late! It’s a great touch, but send an email first thanking the interviewer for their time. Let them know why you still think you are a good fit for the job and what you enjoyed learning about from the interview. If you think of better answers to the questions, say that! It shows you are still putting thought into the company!