Career Changes. Part 2

Imagine not having a Resume. I Never Worked for Anyone. 

After about five years of writing movie scripts. I went back to the family business and also got divorced. This change back to furniture was not a big deal. It all felt normal, natural and easy. After all, it was the one thing I have done since I was a kid. Let’s not start on child labour laws, but yes I helped out in the family business. We had nothing when we immigrated and my parents always shared our financial situation with us. Thinking back I wish they hadn’t, but yeah my brother and I worked to put food on our table.

When our family business at Zsemba closed I realized that I did not have a resume. My LinkedIn profile was empty. I had one job at one company from 1979 to 2014. We had a separate company called V.P.T. Designs but that was mostly for tax purposes…  

Time to Job Hunt. Oh, and the Resume… 

After Zsemba closed, thanks to the kindness of IKEA (Feel free to update yourself in the link) I had to make a resume. “This was going to be interesting.” I thought to myself… The fact that I have never have been employed by anyone else but family will surely make job hunting a pain in the ass! 

Career changes. Resume Writing. 

Sometimes you get lucky. After starting up my own business, Zanova Designs, I was overwhelmed by the lawsuit between us and IKEA. It was by far the most stress I have ever had in my life and luckily, I was able to sell the business. I focused on nothing but the lawsuit. On the upside, I did have an additional item on my resume. After all that blew over, I needed a job.  

I had to get out of the house after months of scouring hard drives for information…  

I made a few calls and within days, I came across some old friends who needed a foam fabricating shop set up. They hired me as a plant manager/consultant. They were a start-up with a clean slate. I got to set it all up the way I wanted to and train people. Once more, sometimes you get lucky. 

Lucky Once More. Sometimes it Happens.  

Working closely with people means you get to know them. I was not used to working with racist, pigs. Womanizers, liars and cheats were not my kinds of people. By the time the company was up and running, it was time for me to run as well. I consulted with a few recruiters and began to seek other opportunities.  

Once more, luck was on my side. An ex-sales person of mine called me and asked me to join their company. Suddenly I had another opportunity and another addition to my resume.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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