RRD: A Career Conversation with Jeff Sewell

What motivated you to join RRD?
The people recruiting me, The fact that it was one of the few B2B sales opportunities that was not a channel sales (Stocking shelfs and positioning product in a retail environment) role that did not require experience.  Every business needed the product RRD offered and there was no limit to what I could earn.  In addition, the product was mostly custom and consumable so each client used the product to serve a purpose in their business and they consistently needed it and ordered it so you could build off each sale with future sales of the same product.  Also the company was growing, had solid benefits, had a great training program and plenty of opportunity for advancement. 

How does RRD convey to employees a sense of belonging?
RRD has an open door policy which means all employees are encouraged to share the good and challenging aspects of working here and management seeks feedback and ideas for making RRD a better place for our employees, our customers and suppliers on an ongoing basis.  We do not make any critical decisions without insights from our employees, customers and suppliers so all parties contribute to the direction of the company before decisions are made.   

In what ways has RRD supported your professional development and growth?
I have worked here for almost 30 years.  I was recruited off the University of Georgia campus.  RRD has provided me with training and growth potential each year.  Growth within the same role and also growth offering new roles as I was ready to take on more.  I started as a sales rep and have been offered increased responsibility currently serving as SVP of the company’s largest sales organization.  RRD has offered ongoing training throughout my career and offers a work life balance that makes it enjoyable to succeed here. 

In what ways are you supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance?
Everyone on our Executive Leadership Team encourages work life balance and makes it a priority for people to spend time with their families and friends.  We offer flexibility that allows people to enjoy life outside of work. 

How do you know that you’re making a difference/having an impact with the work that you do?  We impact the customers of the majority of the iconic brands and companies in the world.  Without our products and services, companies cannot operate.  It is evident each day that our clients need us.  It is rewarding to be part of their growth and success. 

What makes you proud to represent RRD?
Knowing that we make a difference for our clients and their customers and that we promote integrity in everything that we do. 

In what ways do you feel like you’ve grown since working for RRD?
I have developed skills in areas I struggled initially like public speaking for example.  I have also developed problem solving skills that anticipate challenges before they make an impact.  My confidence has grown without being cocky and I feel like I can speak to anyone at any level with any company in any industry and relate to their needs.

What do you wish you had known about the professional world when you were a student?
The importance of making an impact with my contributions before I expect anything more from my employer.  Employers are seeking talent to contribute to their organizations and they are investing significantly when they seek full time roles.  If you do not have the mindset that it is incumbent on you to make your role profitable for all parties, you will bounce around seeking something that will never materialize. 

In thinking about emerging young professionals, what advice would you share to those seeking their first opportunities?
Really reflect on what you want to do with your career and pursue opportunities that have a path towards that.  Do not just seek a job that does not fit who you are.  It is OK not to pursue even what appears to be a great opportunity if you cannot see yourself being there for the long term. 

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