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Rick J. Wilson

Rick J. Wilson


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Rick J.'s work combines: Business, Numbers, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life

Director - Talent Acquisition

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Holy Name High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Organizational Communication, General

    John Carroll University

  • Graduate Degree

    Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

    Cleveland State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Human Resources Specialists:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Organizational Communication, General

Graduate Degree: Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    First, I had a passion for the arts.

  • 2.

    Then, I realized a career in that field would be really, really hard for me.

  • 3.

    I realized that I needed to love what I do, and have a good income to pay the bills.

  • 4.

    I then decided to study communications and found a field where I could leverage those skills.

  • 5.

    Even though I don't work in the arts or communications, I can still use those skills daily.

  • 6.

    I started working at a company that has lots of job options.

  • 7.

    So, I've moved around a lot, trying to find what I loved doing the most.

  • 8.

    And, I'm not done! I still am going to try new things and jobs.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

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

  • How I responded:

    I found a mentor/friend at work. She really helped me understand how what I was already good at could be applied and make me successful in higher level positions. She was right!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My parents divorced when I was 3. My mom raised me and my sisters on a single income. She didn't have money to send us to college. I started working when I was 16 and paid for my own private high school and college.

  • I never knew anyone LGBT until I was in college. It was a pretty scary feeling growing up and I kept being gay from my family until I was 21. If you're in the same boat, seek out resources to help you. It truly does get better and you are NOT alone.