Meet our Weployee of the Week - George

One job isn't enough for Gorgeous George Zifa who was a Weployee before we poached him to become a full time member of staff at Weploy HQ. As Account Executive he helps us grow our existing accounts and build relationships while proactively pursuing new ones. George is the one who will be filling up people's glasses around the dinner table, cheering everyone on in group fitness classes and generally bringing infectious positivity to each and every situation he finds himself in...which is why he's earned the nickname "Gorgeous George"

Education: Year 12, Cert 4 commercial cookery, Cert 4 security operations

 

What was your first job: Working at my parents Pizza/Fish & Chips Shop

 

What was your best job: Getting paid $3.50 from a kid who asked me to show him how to surf. He picked it up in 30 minutes. I bought myself a coffee after I finished that morning with my earnings and to this date, it was the best tasting $3.50 I’ve ever earnt!

 

What was your worst job: Working at a labelling factory, my job was to set up the machine to cut the labels used for clothing items

 

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life? Life experience. Not being a specialist in any one role has opened my eyes to a variety of different areas of life, like how to communicate with different people, teaching myself to adapt to change and different scenarios

 

Who was the biggest influence in your career: Steve Jensen from impact training. As a business/sales trainer he taught me how to relate better with different types of people

 

What would your ideal job be? Surfing, getting paid to surf somehow!

 

Who is your biggest fan? My Mum (Of course!)

 

Who are you a big fan of? AC/DC

 

Name one of your biggest pet peeves? Long nails tapping a tabletop!

 

If you could have one super-human power what would it be? Teleport to any part of the universe, watch the stars, galaxies, planets with a cheese board and some aged wine

 

What’s your guilty pleasure? Chocolate and Wine

 

Do you have any other skills or talents others don’t really know about? I'm a chef by trade, so I'm always trying and creating new recipes……..Apparently, my self saucing chocolate pudding is the bomb! I also used to be a bouncer, which means I tend to see things before they happen.

 

What is a typical day like for you? Wake up between 5-6am - train - put a Joe Rogan Podcast on whilst heading to my amazing job at Weploy HQ (helps that I love my job and always enthusiastic about heading to work) When I finish at 5ish, I head to a commercial kitchen and finish up around 11pm. I love what I do and how I'm constantly challenging myself.

 

Aged 10 - What did you want to be when you grew up? A pilot  

 

If we went for a Friday arvo drink, what would you order? Depending on the mood, gin and tonic, a Negroni or Pinot. Friday night, always finish with an Old Fashioned.

 

Name a few of your daily habits? Kiss my partner good morning, read the financial review with my coffee, look at the most recently pictured star or galaxy, sharpen a kitchen knife (for work of course) sit on a fit ball, Facebook marketplace, high 5 one person a day (have to make one person happy every day)

 

What publications do you regularly read? Financial review, 4x4 magazine, Weploy Blogposts (We’ll give you your $5 later George- editor)

 

What would be your biggest piece of advice to your 20 year old self?

Put away a little more money every week, other than that, enjoy the wave of life!

 

Do you feel that the current structure of hiring really allows you to showcase your skills? Why or why not?

I am a people person and love talking to people from different walks of life. I’ve been lucky enough to find my groove in my role as a salesperson with the ability to have the freedom to spend as much time on the phone as I want which is great! So being hired for that type of role works in my favour. Not everyone has had the time to be able to identify what their calling is though... which means the current hiring rigmarole is so much harder.

 

Did Weploy change your situation significantly? If so can you tell me two ways it has helped further your career path?

My previous job had put me in a position to wear many hats within the business. The problem with that was I couldn’t focus my energy and attention where it was needed the most. Here at Weploy, I can utilise my strengths and at the same time, focus on my weaknesses allowing me to grow and learn new skills.

 

Do you feel that opportunities through Weploy changed your perspective on employment?

Yes absolutely! I can see the different types of roles, jobs, industries available. Having a Weployer hiring me based on my skill set and NOT the way I look or how pretty my resume looks, is something that keeps me here

 

What was the biggest surprise using Weploy?

The simplicity, how easy the platform is to use, how Weploy can change the future of employment all over the world. I have to pinch myself each day, knowing I am part of something big!

 

Has Weploy helped your work-life balance?

I’m a sucker for punishment and like to keep the pedal to the floor, therefore I choose to push myself. But the satisfying thing is knowing that if I need a break, I can pick off exactly where I left off, thanks to Weploy.

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