Rick J. Wilson

Rick J. Wilson

Director - Talent Acquisition


AT&T

Milestones

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

Education

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

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
Business
Numbers
Numbers
Accomplishing Goals
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

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."

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!

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

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.

LGBT
LGBT

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.