Jack of All Trades: Ambition Drives Associate to Take on Opportunities

This associate helps keep one of the nation’s only two Pickup Point stores running smoothly.

According to Carlton B., “From the beginning, I said I want to do as many things as possible with the company.”

 

In his 10 years so far at Walmart, Carlton has met that goal, taking on many roles.  His latest: assistant manager, eCommerce, Store 4177, aka the Walmart Lincolnwood Pickup Point, located in Lincolnwood, Ill. As the person customers call if there’s an issue, “It’s my job to make them happy,” he says.

Here are Carlton’s tips to help you succeed in your career:

 

Showcase your experience.

Early on, Carlton helped set up a Neighborhood Market, reading planograms and blueprints to lay out the store. After he voiced interest in store planning and got more experience, demonstrating his talent, a project manager he’d worked with before contacted Carlton about an open position on his team, and he applied.

 

Look to the future.

Despite his versatility and broad experience, Carlton saw a hole in his Walmart résumé: eCommerce. “That’s where the company is going—that’s where the entire world is going. Everything is online. So I said, ‘That’s where I’m going to go, because that’s where the company is going.’”

 

Keep on learning.

Carlton views every role as an opportunity to learn more about the way Walmart operates. “I learn something every day at this location.”

 

Always say yes.

Carlton has done a little bit of everything, from taking on roles at Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets to working for the Store Planning division of the Home Office for four years.

 

And never say no.

He has never turned down a role offered to him by Walmart. Never.

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