GEO Jobe has been serving our clients and partners since 1999, and the key to our success is the people behind our growing company. Here is a brief Q&A with Paul Hutchison from the Operations Team, who joined the GEO Jobe team in early 2023.
Q: What is your job at GEO Jobe, and what does it entail?
A: My role is Vendor Relations / Administrative Assistant. I assist our clients with all their purchasing questions, fill out the proper paperwork for each client, and assist the company in any fashion I can.
Q: What has your career path at GEO Jobe looked like and what attracted you to join the team?
A: Oddly enough my career path never pointed me towards a company such as GEO Jobe. When I hear the phrase “We are like a family here,” it is usually a red flag, but GEO Jobe is the first place I can say actually practices this saying. The staff have been warm and welcoming and are genuine.
Q: What jobs and experiences have led you to your current position?
A: My past experiences range from manual labor, to restaurant management, and casino surveillance. Each position taught me in different aspects the power of patience, observation, and humility.
Q: What particular skills or talents are most essential to be effective in your job?
A: Certain skills I use in my job are ones I developed over my years in the food industry and the surveillance industry. Those skills are paying attention to the details and having patience for the tasks at hand.
Q: Any advice for recent graduates entering into the job market and aspiring to a similar role?
A: The best advice I could give would be to remember that humility and patience are two characteristics that can truly make a difference in whatever tasks you are attempting. Have an open ear and an open mind, try your best to work together with your coworkers, and crush your goals.
Q: What technologies and strategies do you use in your day-to-day work that are key to success?
A: Organization! Across the board, if your personal life is organized, so will your work life. On a side note, I highly recommend the Notion app. Notion will help you organize a lot of your life both personal and work-related.
Q: What would you like to learn more about or incorporate into your daily work?
A: I would love to learn a second language. Right now, I am fluent in Southern English and some light Creole, but I would like to return to learning Spanish or German. Who knows, maybe in a year or so I could be assisting with potential international clients.
Q: On a more personal side, do you have a favorite newspaper, magazine, blog, or sources of inspiration?
A: As a child I was raised on Carlin and Marx Bros, so for me comedy is a great source of inspiration. I also find motivation in music. A good playlist can really help create a strong workflow. I like to think in a world full of differences, that music has the ability to help find common ground with just about anyone.
Q: What kind of technology do you prefer and why? (Mac or PC, iOS or Android, and other cool tech)
A: Honestly, as long as I can perform what needs to be done, I am fine with either Apple or Android; but I do live in a house full of Apple users and they would mock me for having a green text bubble.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?
A: I have a family at home so my free time goes into planning activities I can do without them. No, but seriously, I enjoy a good movie or sporting event. I am also a bit of a “seafood foodie” and living on the Gulf Coast is a great place to be for a nice seafood platter.