Turner Construction Company | 2008-2012
While my official title was “Field Engineer,” I spent most of my time in the office. About 10% of the time I did visit job sites to meet with Project Managers (PMs) and Subcontractors.
- Created 3D computer models of buildings from 2D architect’s drawings
- Compiled my 3D architectural models with subcontractor (HVAC, fire protection, electric, etc.) models to render complete 3D models
- Ran clash detection reports to view and document any clashes between the models (e.g. if a sprinkler pipe was running through duct work)
- Presented findings to PMs and necessary subcontractors to resolve issue before scheduled installation
- During meetings, I learned how to become a better active listener. A lot of information was gathered and shared during meetings and it was essential I followed along.
- On the other side of the coin, I learned how to become an effective speaker. I learned to speak up when there was a problem that others weren’t discussing and to present my ideas for solutions.
- Lastly, I learned to take satisfaction in the small things. Completing a full 3D model of a building is a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun, too. Running clash reports and finding and presenting errors in the documents saved both time and money, and that was fun too.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews | 2013-2016
After being laid off when the construction industry took a turn for the worse, I wanted to go back to school. I joined Red Robin as a server/bartender to make some extra money while not in classes. They saw my leadership potential and quickly offered me a managerial position. I dropped out of school and began my next career path: Restaurant Manager.
- Write and manage weekly schedules for 50+ employees
- Take weekly inventory of food and beverages
- Prepare and send orders to local distributors
- Pay and document invoices
- Lead daily shifts in both kitchen and on the floor
- Time management was key. Restaurant management is extremely fast paced for 12+ hours per day. Not only did I learn to manage my own time, but I was also responsible for managing the hours of my employees, ensuring no one went into overtime at the end of the week.
- Attention to detail in every task I was assigned. Not only was I paying invoices, but also handling cash every day. Ensuring that every cent was accounted for was a task I didn’t take lightly.
- Leading by example. This was one of the reasons I was promoted to Manager so quickly; I was also put on the fast track to become General Manager. I always made sure I did the right thing, even when others weren’t looking or it didn’t benefit me.
Matchbox Food Group | 2016-2019
I left Red Robin to finally finish my college degree. That meant finding another part time serving gig to help with the bills. Now that my wife and I were expecting, we would need every cent.
This was like any other ordinary serving job. I developed relationships with my coworkers and guests, alike. It helped me handle multitasking even better, as Matchbox drilled teamwork into us. So, not only was I responsible for my own tables/guests, but also my teammates’.