Category Archives: Tips/Advice

Achieving Goals

The atmosphere at Blinds To Go is completely different than my previous job. Before I worked at a large grocery store chain as a manager in training. I never felt that the company appreciated my thoughts or ideas. I was just a person who fulfilled a job. I used to always say that the front door was a revolving door, for hiring and firing. I enjoy working in a retail environment, but I wanted to be treated like a person who mattered. Within my first week of working at BTG, I was astonished by how much they care about me. They were asking my opinion on different situations and making me feel included in the team. Each week we work on goals that help me be a more effective employee and eventually a successful manager. I have grown so much as a person since the day I started and still continue to grow. I have become a much stronger and more independent person. Working here I don’t just sell blinds, I have been able to achieve my personal goals.

My Journey – John

My name is John S. I work in Store 209, our Milltown, NJ location. I’ve worked with the company for a year and 3 months so far. Before Blinds To Go, I worked at Radioshack for 2 years. There I was a sales associate. Realizing I didn’t want to stay there I started looking for something new, and I came across BTG on CareerBuilder.com. I did a little looking into the company and liked what I saw, so I applied. I got a call back, had a store visit, and after learning more decided I’d give it a shot. I didn’t attend college so the thing that I admired most is that I have the opportunity to really start a career here without needing a college education.

I started [Blinds To Go] University the last week of October 2014. That’s where I got my first feedback. I was told that I seemed nervous and unsure of myself when talking to customers and in a role play. At the time it seemed like a lack of confidence, so that became my first hurdle to overcome when I got to my first store in Lakewood, NJ. It was a struggle in the beginning because I didn’t really understand what I had to do to overcome it. I was told by my team to really just try and talk like I was 100% sure in what I was saying, and if I was unsure of something or didn’t have an answer not to show it but rather just calmly double check with team members or just think it through completely. Later it became clear that it was really that I was being fast. Now, being fast was something I struggled with for months, and it’s still something I have to keep in check. With the help of my team though, and through their feedback, I’ve made strides with slowing down.

Now my focus has shifted to being more direct. It’s something I’ve started very recently, and my first thing I want to accomplish is just simplifying things for customers and in conversations with my team. Naturally I’m a very technical person, and being detail oriented is good, but I need to be more to the point and less drawn out in how I say or explain things. I don’t expect it to take too long seeing as being direct coincides a lot with slowing down, so I hope to be at a point where I can switch focus to something new soon.

That sums it up for my growth so far. Now I’m on to bigger and better things with BTG.

Perception

By Ashley

Perception is a concept that has always been at the forefront of my mind. I wish it wasn’t, but it has been a nagging constant in my head. I have struggled throughout life, worrying about what people thought of me. I want to be liked. In the past, it has caused me to be shy, and I have refrained from saying things I should have or speaking my mind.

Focusing on the Big Picture

By Ashley

I just joined an adult beginner golf league, and believe me, I am a beginner. I have been to the driving range probably once in my life, and the only course I have ever stepped foot on is a putt-putt course. The first two weeks we spent at the driving range, learning the basics of grip and stance. We practiced with different irons and drivers. And we also took turns on the putting green, learning to putt and chip.

Stop Waiting

By Ashley

Why do we procrastinate? How many of you during school completed your essays or assignments well before the due date? How many of you studied earlier than the night before a test? Kudos to those of you that have, but maybe the rest of us need to take a look at our way of doing things. Sure, I still got all A’s, but that was definitely not the best way of going about it. I’m sure I remembered many things just long enough to take my tests, and I bet my essays could have been phenomenal instead of just good.