Real-life advice from a real-life recruiter

Got Community?

One of the best benefits of writing blogs for Eat’n Park Careers is meeting a lot of cool people. One of the coolest people that I’ve been given the chance to speak with was Trina DeMarco. Trina has worked for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group for 7 years. Compared to me, she’s a wee baby, but compared to others, she’s a tenured veteran.  In any case – Trina is the coolest!

After Trina’s year long stint driving the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile (which had to be awesome!), she applied to join the freelance Team Smiley. She worked on the team, on the weekends, while working another full time job. During her time on the Team Smiley a Marketing Coordinator opportunity became available. She applied, went through the interviewing process, and she got the job. She must have been an impressive part of Team Smiley! Trina’s freelance position is where she started her successful career with Eat’n Park.

Now, she is the Director of Corporate Giving and Community Partnership. According to Trina, her job in a nut shell is “To help Eat’n Park be a good neighbor and enable our team members to do that as well.”  She works to create and enhance relationships with local nonprofit organizations and ENPHG may support those organizations with cash, in-kind donations or volunteers.  Trina also gets to work with our amazing team members to help identify volunteer opportunities and raise money for children’s hospitals in their neighborhoods.  She really does have one cool job.

Trina got her start with community involvement when she was the Manager of Community Marketing. This is when she discovered that she was passionate about getting, and keeping, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group involved within the communities in which we do business.

I asked Trina what she loved the most about Eat’n Park. She replied with out hesitation “The people. Overall we have awesome people working here. Doesn’t matter if you are in the Corporate Support Center, the Restaurants or at a Cura or Parkhurst account, the team members here really care.”

Given that Trina is so successful I asked her for some career advice. She said to “Get out there and get as much experience as you can.” She started out with a degree and experience, but she knew she needed a little bit more. Even though she was already working full time she was proud to escort Smiley around town. Everything is a learning experience. It’s all about your attitude.

Trina, that is really great advice and I know that I can count on you to make sure that I’m a good neighbor!

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