- August 1, 2019
- Posted by: michelle
- Category: Career Advice
CareerArc Sales & Business Development Manager, Amelia Yianilos Shares Her Career Story
What was your very first job?
First ever job? I guess you could say I was CEO of a
lemonade stand. I made the lemonade fresh and set up a table with a handmade
poster next to the community park entrance in my neighborhood growing up. I
also sold Girl Scout cookies – my #1 location was outside of Blockbuster,
nothing goes better with a movie night than a box of Thin Mints!
Starting around the age of 12 or 13 I worked at my dad’s plumbing company in the summer alphabetizing files and organizing purchase orders/invoices.
At 16, I started working as a hostess at a Thai-Sushi restaurant. After college I had my first “big girl” job working in wholesale sales at a handbag/accessories showroom in New York where we represented some well-known brands (Sam Edelman, L.A.M.B. and Teen Vogue).
How did you find your first job?
I used to eat at the Thai-Sushi restaurant once a week and
asked for a job when I was eating there one day!
I started as an intern for the handbag showroom. I got in contact with my boyfriend’s (now my husband!) brother’s friend who worked in fashion, she emailed me a bunch of contacts she had in the industry. I sent around 18 emails, got 5 responses, had two interviews and took the first offer!
After interning with them for the summer before my senior year of college, they offered me a job in January and asked me to move to New York right away. I spent my last semester of college flying back and forth to New York working while finishing school. I’ll never forget taking my last college final from my office in NY and flying back to University of Florida to put on my cap and gown and walk across stage for graduation!
What was your most exciting/unique job?
Probably working in New York in wholesale sales for a major footwear designer. I had the opportunity to work with the design teams and collaborate based on what my accounts were buying.
Working in recruiting/account management for a staffing company was probably the most rewarding job because I was not only helping a client fill a void on their team, but helping people find jobs who had been out of work for a little while or place them into a better opportunity where they could make more money.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At the age of 5, I wanted to be a dolphin/marine mammal trainer. A few years later I decided I wanted to work in fashion in New York.
What did you go to school for?
I majored in Marketing and minored in Mass Communications.
Describe your career arc.
Hostess > sales intern > account executive > recruiter > account manager > manager of sales and business development
Have you ever been laid off? What challenges did you face?
Did it end up being a good thing?
Yes! The first showroom I worked for in New York ended up closing their doors about 8 months after I started working for them full time. I was living in New York and had expensive rent to pay, so the company allowed me to consult for them for about three months after they shut down the office. I was working from my tiny bedroom in Manhattan while interviewing for jobs and working another side job at another small showroom.
Any unique unemployment stories?
I had to take a side job at a small showroom for women’s accessories for about 12 weeks while I was interviewing for a new job.
What would you do if you could retire today?
Open a florist shop or go to interior design school.
What brought you to CareerArc?
My former colleague (from the staffing agency) is married to a CareerArc employee. I was a “passive” job seeker and had mentioned I would consider making a move to him one day and he said I should talk to his wife about her job – a week later I had an interview with HR and the rest is history!
How do you like working here?
This may sound like a lie, but I assure you it’s not! I’ve never had a job where I can’t come up with one negative thing to say about the company, products, culture or even another employee. I honestly for the life of me cannot say one bad thing about CareerArc.
I truly enjoy what I do every single day and admire every person who works here. I’ve never met a more intelligent group of people, all with diverse backgrounds that interact and work so well together. I believe it all trickles down from the top and Robin and Paul have created a collaborative work environment where everyone feels valued and supported. I’m just so honored to even be a part of the team!