Recently, after being self-employed for 12 years, I found myself more or less unemployed with the collapse of the Real Estate and Housing markets. It was apparent that I had to fall back on my earlier career as a Sales Representative. The problem I ran into was that I had been out of the market for too long and my 10 years of successful sales experience in the technology field was rendered irrelevant. I had three things going against me:
1. My resume and online applications were getting me nowhere
2. I was competing against younger candidates with more recent experience
3. I had to get in front of decision makers who would hear my story
After much research, I decided my best bet was to look into growing SaaS organizations. I stumbled upon Brainshark. My first inclination was to investigate any opportunities with them but soon learned about another company, Cloud9 Analytics, of whom Brainshark was a customer. Cloud9’s product offering seemed more in line with my background. I decided what better way to get in front of Cloud9 than to use their own customer’s platform to communicate with them. After learning how easy it was to put together a myBrainshark presentation, I developed a 6 slide presentation and emailed it to Cloud9’s CEO.
After being able to see that my email had been opened I followed up with Cloud9 and a few days later I received a call from Cloud9’s CEO to learn more about me. I was given the opportunity to interview with a few more members of Cloud9, and then offered the opportunity to fly out to have a few more face-to-face interviews. Part of the process was for me to give a presentation on a relevant technology for Cloud9 to better understand my presentation skills. I chose to present the Brainshark Solution. During the process, I looked at the CEO and asked him if I had not sent him my original myBrainshark presentation, would I have been considered for the job? His response: “NO.”
As I was getting ready to board the plane back to my home town, St. Louis, MO the CEO called me and offered me the position. I accepted! I continue to use myBrainshark in my position as a Corporate Account Representative for Cloud9 Analytics and continue to support the idea of Cloud9 becoming a subscription client to Brainshark. I can truly state that I owe my current career to Brainshark. Thank You!