Discovering SaaS and Myself

Melissa Bennett

SaaS: a word I had never heard of a little over a year ago, yet one that would change my life.

Before Zylo, I was stuck in the cycle of corporate America — desiring to have a job that fueled my passion for taking care of people yet not knowing where to find it. While standing at this crossroads in my career, my boss gave his notice, leaving me to find a new place in the organization or to look elsewhere. I took a leap of faith.

I applied for a job that I thought was unattainable.

Insecurities circled in my head: I wasn’t young enough; I had no tech experience; I didn’t have the skill set; I wasn’t up for a new challenge; I couldn’t learn a new technology. Despite these voices in my head, I received a call for the phone interview and then continued on into the interview process.

Upon entering the Zylo office for my in-person interview, I knew this was where I was meant to be. The office was one of the coolest workspaces I had seen: the buzz in the office was infectious.

In my 20 years as an Executive Assistant, I was never so nervous about an interview.

I met Eric Christopher, CEO of Zylo, and immediately felt compelled to work with and learn from him. In Eric, I saw a passion and drive that I had never seen before in any interview. I left the interview and felt that Zylo was inevitably my next step, a necessary step outside of my comfort zone.

A few days later, Eric called to offer me the position. I gleefully accepted and could hardly contain my excitement. The two weeks before I started my position felt like the longest in my life: I could not wait to get started.

Today, I am happy to say that life since May 1, 2017, has never been the same. Little did I know that by taking this job, I would discover myself. Since starting at Zylo, I have gained a new family, found my health, and become the best version of myself. Zylo has been so much more than a job to me.

Zylo has become a lifestyle.

At Zylo, I have learned more than I thought possible, continually adding skills to my “tool basket.” This position has shown me that the willingness to learn, listen, and dig deep, even if you may not have all the required skills, can drive a successful job and experience.

I have applied the skills I’ve learned at Zylo to my personal life and taken control of my health. I am proud to say that a year and a half later, I have lost over thirty pounds, changed all things food, and completed my first Tough Mudder in Chicago this past August 25 (something I never thought I would do in my life — similarly to working in tech).

My challenge to anyone reading this: take that leap of faith. Apply for the job that you think is out of reach. Dig deep to find the very best version of yourself and everything else will fall into place. It sure did for me, and life has never been sweeter.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi

About the Author

Melissa Bennett

Experience as an Executive Assistant in a variety of industries including tech, aviation, and healthcare. I have a passion for cooking, taking care of others, and all things health. I came to Zylo for the chance to step outside the cycle of corporate America, expand my horizons, and push myself to the limits.