So you completed your degree, now what? We are looking for a bunch of new employees in a bunch of locations.
'Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Accordingly, a ’genius’ is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.' Attributed to Thomas Edison
We love this quote! Thomas Edison was far from lazy. We aren’t either. We believe in hard work, attention to what matters to the customer and a huge amount of dedication to that end. Does caring for the customer look like a buddy relationship? Hell no. It looks like competence. We will get the order completed. We will deliver it on time. We will track your cylinders. All the boring little details that bring perfection to the generation of an order. We are competent. We are accountable. And we can be a friend but first we are competent and accountable. We are, as Jim Collins says “productively neurotic, self-motivated and self-disciplined'. We are industrial…not pretty but rather smart. We don’t focus on the facade of greatness, we work toward greatness. We are jam-packed with opportunity but as Edison said:
Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability.... We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.
Are you prepared? We aim to be the best in our industry. Some of our customers think we already are but our favorite word is dazzle. We want to dazzle our customers with flawless execution. We want to leave them in awe of how we answer the phone, fill the order, deliver it on time, process the invoice and finally meet every need they have for excellence in customer service. Simple, right? Only it does not happen enough in business these days and you know that as well.
So what to think? We are an industrial distribution company. We sell stuff that is used in everyone’s life almost every day. You, most likely, used one of the products we sell, today. This product line is how we stand the test of time for being in business for almost 90 years. When your mom goes to the hospital it might be our oxygen that meets her in the emergency room. We provide the magic gas that makes your kid giggle at the dentist, instead of cry. It means when you pop a cork at your wedding there is indeed, a “pop'.
We are about being exquisite at the craft of business. We put to use your education. We challenge your brain. We are not a call center. We do not sit all day. In fact, we are physically demanding.
We worry about the customer first so if you think we will coddle you, think again. We will spend a great deal of time and money training you, however. We will have fun but it is the kind of work fun of industry. It is not the stuff of internet creativity. We do not have a ping pong table. We work and for our work we get paid and then we can go home and have fun with the ones we love knowing that we made our business and our customers business run better for another day. It’s a great job in a country that allows great opportunity for those who care enough to know they have what it takes but need to learn the skills necessary to succeed.
We are a great opportunity for those that can see what to us, is so very obvious.