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2372Indeedian Stories

Indeed’s Got Talent: Irish football champion and full-time Sales standout

In our first instalment of “Indeed’s Got Talent”, Dermot Malone shares his journey of pursuing his passion for football while working in Sales at Indeed.

Dermot Malone is a Sales Team Lead in Dublin. From 9-5, you’ll find him helping people get jobs before leaving straight for training. In our first installment of “Indeed’s Got Talent”, Dermot shares his journey of pursuing his passion for football while working with Indeed. 

Originally from Monaghan, it’s hard to believe Dermot Malone once worked as a bricklayer. After a stint on the trowel, he knew it wasn’t for him and headed into the world of sales. He joined Indeed’s Sales team in Dublin three years ago.

“When I’m not working behind a desk, I have an immense passion for Gaelic football. I play in my spare time and I’ve secured a slot on the Monaghan team for almost 10 years at a senior level,” Dermot says. 

“I feel very fortunate to be part of the teams in 2013 and 2015 that won the Ulster title in Ireland.”

Dermot Malone after scoring a goal during the Ulster semi-finals against Tyrone FC

Juggling a full-time job with a passion could be ambitious for some, but having a positive mindset is key to succeeding on and off the pitch.

“Playing with the Gaelic Athletic Association can sometimes feel like a second job. But building lifelong friendships whilst representing your local community gives me the ultimate satisfaction when I pop that jersey on, so it’s worth the effort,” he says. 

Some might ask, is it really possible to chase a dream while working in a full time job?

“Being honest, I don’t think it’s that grueling to juggle both. A good attitude will stand you in good stead with both,” he says.

“In sales we have set working days Monday-Friday and the weekend off. I’m so fortunate that I can put my foot to the floor during the day and when the time comes at 5 or 6 o’clock, I can close the laptop and enjoy my evening/weekend so that makes juggling both that bit easier.”

He adds he is lucky to be working for an organisation that cares for its people, and has found utilising the benefits on offer to employees at Indeed has been paramount to improving his performance as an athlete.

“The combination of free snacks, healthy breakfasts coupled with a state of the art gym leaves me with no excuses and that’s something I’m extremely grateful for,” Dermot says.

“This support has been outstanding for me!”

So has Dermot grown much as a person as a result of all of his efforts? 

“I have grown continuously over the past few years. My mentors and directors throughout my 3+ years in Indeed have been unbelievable. Their guidance has been instrumental to my career on and off the field!”

The Monaghan Football Team at the 2015 Ulster Finals

For anyone who has a yearning to follow their talent or passion, Dermot advises them to give it thought, and weigh up all the pros and cons.

“Make your decision based around that,” he says. “If I had a passion that I was considering, I’d want to make sure I can give it 100%.”

Hear Dermot speak more about working in Sales in Dublin in the video below.

Read more stories about life inside Indeed on our culture blog.

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2364Inclusion

Fighting for age diversity while helping people get jobs at Indeed

Find out how Don went from developing film to helping jobseekers develop themselves all while fighting for age diversity at Indeed and beyond.

10 questions with Don Nguyen

Don is an Account Executive based out of  our Foster City office. He has been with Indeed for more than a year and is the site lead for the All Generations Empowered (AGE) Inclusion Resource Group in that office. April is AGE’s identity month, where we will be celebrating this group and its members.

  1. How do you help people get jobs?
    I help people get jobs by volunteering my time at local job seeker events. I was the site lead for my local Job Market Kickoff event, and I am a Job Guide and Job Squad volunteer. My blue “I Help People Get Jobs.” T-Shirt gets a lot of use!
  2. Where is your office and what do you love about it?
    The Foster City office is in the heart of the bay area about a half hour away from San Francisco and San Jose (without traffic of course). The one thing I love best about the office is the amazing views of the nearby bay!
  1. What was your first job?
    My first job was at Longs Drugs (now CVS) where I was a photo lab technician when people were still developing film.

  1. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
    I am an avid world traveller. Every chance I get, I try to visit a new country/place. I am on my third passport and plan on getting more stamps in my book in the future.

  1. Why did you choose to get involved in All Generations Empowered (AGE)?
    Being involved with AGE is important to me because I want to be part of the movement of eliminating the social stigmas of growing older. In many parts of society, growing older is seen as a detractor. I feel like as you get older, it only makes you stronger as a person.

  1. Where was your favorite vacation?
    My favorite vacation was when I traveled to Vietnam for the first time. As a child of immigrant parents, it was amazing to connect the dots of where my parents grew up with what I was able to experience during my time there.

  1. What’s the best thing about your Indeed team?
    The best thing about my Indeed team is that they are literally like family. When I took time off for paternity leave, the team was really supportive. I have brought my son into the office a few times, and my son has occasionally joined my team meetings since the team started WFH! My son has become an unofficial Indeedian!

  1. Are there any causes you’re particularly passionate about?
    I am passionate about empowering our youth because they are the future leaders of the world. I am currently an Alumni Scholar Mentor at UC Berkeley (my alma mater). I help review entrance essays and conduct interviews each year to grant dozens of scholarships for incoming students.

  1. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
    My best career advice has been: “Be yourself. Don’t try and be someone you’re not; at some point it’ll catch back up with you.”

  1. What do you consider your greatest Indeed achievement to date?
    My greatest Indeed achievement to date has been organizing the Job Market events in the Bay Area. The non-profit I was working with had RSVPs that surpassed the capacity of the room and the feedback from the event was so positive. I have received lots of hugs and follow-up emails from participants that said the event helped them get their current jobs. I believe there’s nothing that can compare with that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when one hears that!

The mission of our All Generations Empowered (AGE) Inclusion Resource Group is to provide opportunities for networking, community outreach and education while exploring the benefits and challenges of a multi-generational workplace. Watch the video below to learn more.

Learn more about our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging team by visiting their official web page. Find more Indeedian stories on our Inside Indeed culture blog.

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2258Career Growth

How part-time Sales at Indeed supports my side hustle

“Once I kicked off the job search, I began to realise how tough it was to find part-time work in Dublin that did not involve working in retail or behind a bar."

With the recent opening of part-time sales roles in Dublin, Indeed is showing our appreciation for the value of flexible working. The goal is to find a place for talented sales people who may have ambitions or obligations outside the office.

Tim van der Gouwe is our first part-time Account Executive in Dublin. He is originally from the Netherlands where he built his first startup, a speech-to-text translation platform. During his 3 years in Dublin, he’s worked in full-time sales roles for multiple companies, but recently found himself missing life as an entrepreneur.

“Something in me knew that I had to get started again. I was no stranger to the fact that combining a full-time sales position and setting up my own business would be hard work, but I knew I had to find a way to get started!”

Tim decided a part-time gig was the way to go. The problem was, the type of flexibility he was looking for was hard to find in Dublin.

“Once I kicked off the job search, I began to realise how tough it was to find part-time work in Dublin that did not involve working in retail or behind a bar. This process was quite strange for me, as back home in the Netherlands, part-time jobs are widely available.”

With Indeed having just begun offering part-time work, the stars aligned and he found a sales role at Indeed…on Indeed! At first, he was understandably concerned about how he would fit in as a part timer.

 “Applying for part-time work can be tough as you can’t help but feel you may be treated differently to a full-time employee, however, this could not be further from the experience I’ve had since joining. My manager and teammates have been a huge support for me!”

 So how exactly does he juggle all of those responsibilities inside and outside the office?

“My week consists of 4 hours work per day where I get the opportunity to sell Indeed’s products to new and existing clients and the rest of my spare time I spend building my own business outside of the office. I feel privileged to have been onboarded and given identical sales training that’s on offer for full-time employees, which not only helps me to better my sales skills in work, but will also benefit me when I decide to launch my own business in the future.”

It’s not easy.

 “There is certainly a lot going on for my career right now as I still need to meet my sales KPIs when I’m in the office, but I try to focus myself to Indeed in the mornings and my business work in the afternoon.”

 The flexibility and support Indeed has provided is already paying off as he tries to get his latest startup, User Sense, off the ground.

 “Looking back over the past few months, I now know how to tackle difficult sales conversations, which will be so helpful for future conversations when I launch my new business!”

 So what has Tim learnt from this experience besides how to be a better salesperson?

“Apply and be honest about your motivations. The people inside Indeed really understand that you might leave the company eventually, so it really helps to have that clear image of where you want to go with your own career.”

Want to hear more of Tim’s story? Check out the full podcast here or explore part-time sales roles at Indeed in Dublin.

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2198Business Jobs

Aspire to inspire: 20 questions with VernaLee

Find out how VernaLee helps people get jobs as a Senior Account Executive in our Foster City, California office, what it's like singing karaoke with Indeed's head of HR and her philosophy on inspiration and creativity.

VernaLee has been an Indeedian since 2016. Find out how she helps people get jobs as a Senior Account Executive in our Foster City, California office what it’s like singing karaoke with Indeed’s head of HR and her philosophy on inspiration and creativity.

1. How do you help people get jobs? 
As a Sr. Account Executive I do my best to deliver an authentic and enjoyable experience for my clients. This way employers get results AND enjoying working with me at Indeed.

2. What was your first job? 
Hot Dog on a Stick!

3. What’s the best thing about your Indeed team? 
When I was the hardest on myself and almost threw in the towel, every single last member of my team fixed my crown and never let me quit!

4. If you could work on any other Indeed team for one day, which would it be and why? 
The Senior Leadership Team. I’d love to be able to understand how they make business decisions and what/who all the stakeholders are. We forget they are people as well so I would love to understand their day to day demand and how they are able to lead with such grace.

5. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given? 
My dad told me: “The most important thing about your job, is yourself.”

6. What do you love about your office? 
The people. We are like a family in this office.

7. What would your superpower be?  
I’d be a muse. Be able to inspire people easily and spark their creativity.

8. What do you consider your greatest Indeed achievement to date? 
The year 2018. I was promoted to Senior AE, moved up to Co-Chair of the Black Inclusion Group, and made it to Top Gun Regional. Oh and I got to do Karaoke with SVP of HR Paul Wolfe‍, that was amazing!

9. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? 
I used to sing in a children’s Christian rock band for five years and I mastered the tambourine!

10. What is your favorite thing to do outside the office? 
Hang out with my son — he is cooler than I am!

11. Who are your heroes? 
My son Leo, he literally saved every good part about me the day he was born. He came two months early and yet he was right on time.

12. Are there any causes you’re particularly passionate about? 
Black Lives Matter.

13. What is the last book you read? 
Sometimes I Lie’ by Alice Feeney.

14. What’s number one on your bucket list?  
I want to be a billionaire, mainly so my son will inherit it and be able to really chase his dreams.

15. Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party?  
Will Ferrell, Ellen Degeneres, Dave Chappelle, and Barack Obama.

16. Which talent would you most like to have? 
The ability to play the piano.

17. What is your most treasured possession? 
My son. I honestly don’t need anything as long as my son is with me.

18. Where was your favorite vacation? 
My son’s first visit to Disneyland. We rode every ride except Indiana Jones. He is too short. But soon!

19. What is your greatest indulgence? 
Cheese. I love Cheese

20. What is your motto? 
Aspire to inspire.

VernaLee and her Black Inclusion Group (BIG) co-chairs.

Learn more about VernaLee’s BIG experience at Indeed.

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