Q. What do you do at CJ?
I am Jeong-min Im, a first-year CJ staff member working at CJ Logistics’ CFS. To put it simply, CFS is a halfway point where various goods pass through when they are exported or imported from overseas. What I do there is manage the goods that are imported via vessels. The first thing I do when I arrive at work is check whether the containers have been properly brought into the CFS yard. Because it is really important to be able to deliver the goods to the shipper at their desired time.
I am a third-year CJ staff member responsible for B2B sales at CJ CheilJedang. My job is to introduce large-volume products to clients and close deals. The business owners never sign a contract right away. You need to build trust with them in a steady manner.
Imagine the feeling of exhilaration you get when you have closed a deal for the first time in your life! That experience is really important. The sense of accomplishment you get is also immense, knowing how much hard work you’ve put into it.
Q. How did you ready yourself to join CJ?
I joined CJ when I was 30, and I think I start preparing for employment when I was 26 or 27. To be honest, I wasn’t confident that I could pass the screening. As competition is known to be so high. I readied myself with a firm determination to get into CJ.
I remember writing down my part-time experiences in my cover letter. Reflecting on a lot of part-time jobs I’ve worked, such as at convenience stores, beer bars, construction sites, courier companies, and so on. Seeing that someone like me has passed the screening, I think CJ must be looking for people who can make an ordinary thing into something special, rather than people with certain experiences.
I’ve been making continuous efforts to better myself with an interest in logistics and trades; I undertook relavant activities and joined debates on the theme of trade. When preparing to join CJ, I tried very hard to have these things delivered in a genuine, heartfelt manner. I'm not a person who is notably better in certain areas than others. So, I hope that those who are prepping themselves to join CJ will also not lose their confidence and keep going forward.
I think CJ is looking for people
who can make an ordinary thing into something special.
Q. Tell us about some of your proudest moments
while working at CJ.
As it hasn’t been long since I started doing actual work, I am still making a lot of mistakes. Almost as if I was like a vending machine churning out one catastrophe after another. A mistake is made as soon as I open my mouth. A mistake is made as soon as I move an inch. When I happen to have ended a day without any mistakes,
I tell myself, “Oh, I've managed to fulfill my role properly today.”
Because I work in sales, I have to meet a sales target each day. But when the resulting sales volume happens to be higher than expected, I find myself able to greet others, especially my boss, with more confidence when I come back to the office. You can check the current sales volume in real time through an app, and I find myself constantly checking the app because the more effort I put into my job, the better results I get.
Q. How would you describe the atmosphere at the company?
CJ has a culture where the employees address each other with the prefix of “Mr. or Ms.” instead of their title. In the company's building, everyone calls me “Mr. Chan-ki Lee.” To be honest, it was very awkward to be called this at first. But I’ve gotten so used to it that
I now even address people I meet outside the company with the prefix of Mr. or Ms. I think that this culture allows me to express my thoughts and opinions at the company more comfortably and has made the company’s atmosphere feel far less hierarchical.
As CJ Logistics has a lot of male employees, I was worried that the company's atmosphere might be a little too uptight and strict. However, I found out it is not the case after starting to work at the company. My senior colleagues treat me in such a warm and comfortable manner that the company feels young to me.
Joyful little things in daily life
such as Hetbahn, CGV, O'live Young,
and CJ Logistics, I think that
such things represent the culture
CJ aims to create.
Q. What is your idea of CJ?
CJ is like a swan, if one was to compare it to an animal. While a swan may look elegant and fancy on the surface, it is constantly moving its feet under water. Before joining CJ, I was only able to see the above-water side of CJ. However, having actually spent time working at CJ, I can now see how hard CJ is working to achieve constant growth.
When I heard that CJ, a company that creates culture, I had no idea what kind of culture it actually creates. However, after joining the company, I got to think that that culture might refer to things that are close to our everyday lives. Hetbahn, CGV, O’live Young, CJ Logistics courier service, they are all near us in our daily lives, so they feel familiar, and they are essential as well. I think helping create small culture in our daily lives is what CJ was born to do.