With no sales experience, and after only seven months at MuleSoft, Alex Maierhofer was promoted from Account Development Representative to Account Development Executive. And just five months after that, he landed another new role as Regional Lead, Account Development. At first blush, that sounds like the path of someone used to success. Perhaps. But a closer look at his background shows plenty of indecision, false starts, and yes, failure, along the way.
Right out of university, Alex landed in government service. He liked the international exposure and interesting people, but the pace was too slow. Next, he pursued a master’s degree in international management, but the most popular career aspirations of his classmates — consulting or banking — left him cold.
Wracked with uncertainty as graduation neared, Alex became an application mill — not a strategy he (or Salesforce) would recommend. Then a friend shared a post about MuleSoft. He knew nothing about the company but he was interested, so he applied.
“I had that aha moment when the MuleSoft recruiter, who is now my manager, called me immediately after I applied. We had a great conversation. He told me everything about the company and the team. Two days later, I was in London. I felt valued as I went through the interviews.”
Alex was convinced that MuleSoft was the place and within 10 days of signing his contract offer, he attended training in California.
“There's a quote I’ve come across, ‘In your first job especially, you shouldn't choose a company, you should really choose a manager.’ This applied perfectly to me with MuleSoft.”
From a combination of his personal and professional experience, Alex draws four principles that guide his day-to-day life.