Let’s meet Jordan
Jordan joined Wonolo in August of 2018, as part of the initial hires for the Nashville office. Currently, he serves as Regional Sales Manager overseeing a team of mid-market account executives for the NY/NJ/PA, Chicago, Atlanta, and Nashville markets. Jordan and his team are responsible for new business development and customer acquisition. Prior to Wonolo, Jordan worked in the staffing & recruitment industry including time at Robert Half.
What are you grateful for today?
I have always had a passion for selling staffing services. One of the most satisfying sales is not only helping companies locate great talent but helping candidates find job opportunities they might not normally have access to. But after working at various agencies, something still felt incomplete about the staffing process– the candidate experience.
When your company’s offering is people, it is important to make sure we are empowering the lifestyle and preferences of the end-users. I am incredibly grateful for Wonolo’s dedicated mission to help the underemployed and underserved.
When you were in high school, what did you dream of becoming?
A sports announcer. I naturally have a deep voice and my friend circle always told me that they could envision me commentating sports. Growing up I was hyper obsessed with reviewing box scores and stats at all levels and sports. I still remember studying the local newspaper daily from front to back like I was preparing for an upcoming exam. In hindsight, perhaps I should have been allocating my study time elsewhere.
What events in your life have led you to your current role/job today?
In 2015, I was in grad school looking to get my Master’s in accounting to become a CPA. At that time, a staffing agency was assisting me in my recruitment process to help find my first accounting role out of school. Little did I know was that they would become my future employer. The staffing agency thought I should look at a career in sales instead of crunching numbers. Since then, I have traded balance sheets and income statements for helping candidates find their next job opportunities and have never looked back.
When things do not turn out the way you planned, what is the first thing you do?
Go back to the basics. I am very analytically inclined, and sometimes to a detriment. I refer to it as ‘paralysis by analysis.’ Often times I think it’s easy to get lost in the details or get too close to the results and outcome. I suggest to take a step back, remove yourself from the outcome, and focus on the “how” instead of the “why.”
When you have to make a difficult decision, what do you lean on?
My support system. I think it is important that everyone has some sort of support system. This could be family members, friends, co-workers, or colleagues in your professional network. Not all difficult decisions have to be decided without consulting others. Lean on the experiences of those you trust, and who have been in similar situations or challenges in the past.
What is one life advice you can give to anyone?
Never get complacent. I think this applies to both your career and life outside of work. Adversity will strike with daunting challenges and difficult decisions, and sometimes it seems best to avoid and simply seek the status quo.
Here’s one self-motivating motto I have cling to, “There is always someone out there who would gladly take the opportunity you currently possess.” Know this, and relish it. If you are standing still, then others are constantly moving past you. Never underestimate the value of self-improvement.
Please finish this sentence: If you really knew me, you would know that ______.
I’m a VFL (Vol for Life). I am in my natural habitat in Neyland Stadium during Saturday’s in the Fall watching SEC football and singing our fight song, Rocky Top. Go Vols!