Rick J. Wilson

Rick J. Wilson

Director - Talent Acquisition


AT&T

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, I had a passion for the arts.
Then, I realized a career in that field would be really, really hard for me.
I realized that I needed to love what I do, and have a good income to pay the bills.
I then decided to study communications and found a field where I could leverage those skills.
Even though I don't work in the arts or communications, I can still use those skills daily.
I started working at a company that has lots of job options.
So, I've moved around a lot, trying to find what I loved doing the most.
And, I'm not done! I still am going to try new things and jobs.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Holy Name High School
Bachelor
Communication, General
John Carroll University
Graduate
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Cleveland State University

Career

Director - Talent Acquisition

I lead teams that help hire the best and brightest talent to take care of our customers!

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A great day looks like a lot of meetings, both on the phone and in person. But, even though meetings might sound boring, they're really pretty exciting. We have lots to accomplish, so the meetings are always dynamic and collaborative. There's a lot of information sharing and bouncing of ideas off one another. Sometimes the meetings are with my direct team, other business leaders from AT&T, or external stakeholders.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

An open mind and perspective to respect others' points of view. Not everyone will agree with you, but that's what helps us get things done. At work, we invest heavily in our employees so I've also received a ton of job-specific training - like general leadership, building strategies and overcoming conflict.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Understand math basics. As a business professional and one who uses more of the "right side" of his brain, general math is NOT one of my strengths. I hated Algebra but loved Geometry. It's absolutely essential to have the foundations. You don't have to be a math major, but you do need to have a good grasp.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
graduate
Graduate
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You don't have a business background, and you can't be successful in the corporate world."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
LGBT