Here is a note from Bill Temple, Al’s SCC Campaign Director, about Al’s new position as Regional HR Business Partner for XXXX, a national educational firm. His new position gives him an opportunity to help a fast growing organization by leveraging his years of experience with his former company.
Al had two liabilities. First, he was sixty years old and second, he had been with his former company for over 38 years. Not only was he fighting age discrimination but also a career that had only one dimension, the views and experience at one company only. He also wanted to return to his specialty area – Human Resources.
Al’s challenge was the he had to continually “sell” those with whom he was interviewing on the idea that this was a position of significant interest to him as he, like so many senior executives, was getting the push back about the position not being challenging enough, or paying enough – i.e., the concern that Al would jump out when a better offer came along.
Al was successful in getting past those concerns through a very sincere presentation of himself, his passions and interests, and a constant reminder that he didn’t have to leave his former company, but chose to, in order to seek new and different challenges. Al is, and always will be, a man of high ethical character, and his actions during this challenging interview process with other good options available, is a great demonstration of that character.
When XXXX offered him the position, he had two other companies hot on his trail, one that would require a relocation which Al did not want to do, and the other just couldn’t get its ducks in order to get an offer to Al prior to his start date with XXXX. Al sees this position with XXXX as a chance to “get back to basics” in his HR work, make a difference for a company that is making a difference in a totally different industry, and not have the same level of pressures he experience in his 38 years with his former company.
Goals Accomplished: No Relo, Industry Change, Six-Figure Salary, 15% performance-based annual bonus and a full benefits package.