CareerArc Sales & Business Development Manager, Kathy Duffy Shares Her Career Story
What was your very first job?
Informally, my first job was babysitting twins that lived across the street. Formally, I was a cashier at Burger King.
How did you find your first job?
Walked in and asked if they were hiring.
What was your most exciting/unique job?
Co-Founder of ELPH, winner of the first Gannett Innovation Grant Program in 2014. I was lucky to be part of a team that developed this product from conception. I was the face of the brand and spokesperson for appearances, interviews and media coverage. Behind the scenes, I handled web page development, product package design, marketing, business plans, user testing, community involvement, social media, vendor partnerships and lead a sales team.
What was your most unique or least favorite job duty?
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A psychologist with a leather chair for my patients to lay on.
What did you go to school for?
Describe your career arc.
Babysitter > Cashier > Photographer > Sales Associate > Housekeeping > Front Desk Clerk > Dietary Staff Member > Market Testing Coordinator > Account Executive > Senior Account Executive > Sales Manager > Innovation Team Specialist / Co-Founder > Account Executive > Manager, Sales and Business Development
Have you ever been laid off? What challenges did you face? Did it end up being a good thing?
Yes, when Gannett separated into two publicly traded companies it released the new innovation companies under them. It was the first time since I was 15 years old that I did not have a job. I was a single mother and sole supporter of my family and my home.
It was challenging finding a position that fit my goals, as well as my idea of the perfect job. It ended up being a good thing. I was able to take some much needed time off to rest and reset. After a few months, I headed back to what I always enjoyed – recruitment marketing.
Any unique unemployment stories?
I was the “voice” at the local Exxon Gas Station Car Wash for 15 years!
What would you do if you could retire today?
If I were to retire today, I would most likely still keep busy by working in a social environment where I could interact with people. I envision myself owning a small cafe in a vacation area where I could meet all types of people as well as rub elbows with the locals.
What brought you to CareerArc?
I found the Manager, Sales and Business Development position on LinkedIn. I’ve been in recruitment marketing for 19 years and have witnessed how strategies have evolved and continue to do so. What appealed to me initially about CareerArc was their technology and the knowledge of where recruitment was going. I was looking for a product and company that I could feel passionate about; I found that with CareerArc.
How do you like working here?
I love it. The leadership, the people, the technology are all top notch! Great work-life balance. Management and coworkers feel like family. This company is doing big things because of the amazing team behind it.