by Tom Schoenfelder
Growing up all I ever wanted to be was a professional baseball player, then I realized that you needed a lot talent. Unemployed and living in my parents basement after college was far from what I expected life would be like when I graduated. I was told that finding a job would be very difficult, but I didn’t think it applied to me. After striking out at numerous job interviews and still out of work, I received some of the best advice of my life from my brother.
Having a gap in my resume does not look good and I should volunteer. So when I’m asked what I have done recently, I can say something other than reaching level 50 in Call of Duty. I began tutoring and helping out at local non-profits. While looking for volunteer opportunities on a website, I came across a job posting.
It combined that love of baseball with the helping aspect of a non-profit. I knew that I had to work for Pitch In For Baseball. Company after company told me that my resume was not good enough and that I needed more experience. I knew all I needed was a chance.
Before heading off to the Pitch In For Baseball interview I created a portfolio in a three ring binder that had my resume and all the projects I’ve worked on as a college student. I confidently left the interview and drove the hour and half back to New Jersey.
A week later I received a phone call from David Rhode, executive director and founder of Pitch In For Baseball. I was expecting to hear the “its not you, its that we found someone better” speech. Instead I heard, “would you like to be the Operations Manager?”. If he offered me the janitor position I probably would have still taken it. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, happy to go to work because I know that the baseball equipment I am helping to donate is putting smiles on kids faces all around the world.