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Landing Stories

Victor Smith is back in business

I secured a role at Flowserve leading their IT Category Management efforts.  A recruiter from Flowserve found me on LinkedIn about a month ago, and things progressed from there.  Thanks for all your support leading CSN-IT and reminding each of us to smile each day.  It’s something I firmly believe in and have practiced throughout this latest journey!  At some point I’ll make it by to drop off donuts.   



Again, many thanks to you, CSN-IT, and White’s Chapel for providing the space for such a great group.



Regards,

Victor

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Michael Gaffney has landed

I am pleased to announce that I have landed as the Deputy Chief Pilot for an international flight training academy located in the DFW area.  I start Monday morning.  After 7 months, all I can say is how thankful I am that I was called back to do what I am best at.  I thank the Lord, my God, for his role in leading me to the scenario that led to my landing (30 hours from introduction to filling out W4) because if you heard the story, it cannot be explained by anything other than the power of prayer. 

Back on earth, I want to thank some people who played an incredibly important role. 

  • My wife Terrel for her tireless support while I tried to reinvent myself only to find that my “old self” was still viable
  • My accountability partners Al Voelkle and Lisa Sutton were encouraging voices of reason
  • The Dallas Pit Crew team, especially Kathy Goodin-Mitchell who was twice my interviewer.
  • Terry Sullivan for his focus and an awesome LinkedIn branding
  • Clayton Stockdall for his Inspirational Monday morning messages and programs at North Fort Worth Baptist Church
  • Foster Williams for his prayers and support
  • Brian Steidinger for his Accomplished Executives focus group and all of its advice.
  • Fred Gehring for his “Extreme Resume Makeover” advice, tough as it was to hear
  • David Rawles for his targeted resume and career advice.
My regrets:

  1. Not jumping in sooner to do all the things presented at the SFG indoctrination. 
  2. Waiting too long to hire Terry Sullivan to get my LinkedIn branding and my resume synched up  (Best investment you can make)
  3. Assuming it would be easy and then only getting really serious after the stomach punches started to hurt 
  4. Taking the foot off the gas when something looked like it was going to work out. 
…And to all of the incredible people I have met through networking activities across the metroplex over the past 7 months.  I send my prayers to you for good news soon. 

Please let me know if I can help any of you in any way.

Best Regards,

Michael G. Gaffney

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John is consulting in Austin

Foster,

How are you doing?  It’s a little while since we last spoke and wanted to update you on my job search.  In mid-January, I was referred to a Private Equity firm in Austin in regards to doing some project work for Pain Practices the firm was looking to acquire.  They have LOIs on two practices and have a few more in the pipeline. The project work focuses on assessing the Revenue Cycle for the Physician practices and providing an executive summary back to their Board as to areas that are stable, areas that have potential opportunities, and/or areas of concerns.  The project is intermittent, but has the potential of something more permanent, which is more desirable.  As a result of my travel, deadlines and other job search activities I have not been attending the networking meetings as you probably had noticed.  I plan on attending again once I have a clearer picture of my schedule as I feel it’s important to stay connected. 

I will keep you posted, but mainly wanted to update you as to my job search and say thanks for all of you assistance to this point in my job search.  Meeting you as well as others would not have been possible without you Job Networking Groups.





Let's stay in touch! Love the Who ya know job networking radio show. Don't forget about me hopefully I can giveback soon once I land and get back into a hiring capacity. 







Best Regards,

John Sistrunk, CRCR, CAPPM

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Bob has landed but learned a lot on the journey

I have landed last week. The position is lower than my goal. The salary is lower too. However, it is a good start. The details are below. I would appreciate if you could read the entire message to the group.

I am not able to come to the CSN-IT focus group and bring it donuts. Can you by 2 dozen donuts from Dunkin Donuts? I will have to pay you for them. Let me know how I can send it to you.

I may or may not able to come on Thursday. I will try to see if I can get to work a little bit later on Thursday. You may have to buy 2 dozen donuts for that as well.

Thank you very much for all of your help.

Bob Mottahed
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Hello everyone, my name is Bob Mottahed. I landed with FirstCash Financial Servicesas an IT Process Analyst. My start date was December 26th. I found this job through Indeed. I applied on December 13th, interviewed on Friday December 22nd and received an offer two hours later. I used 30,60,90 days proposal to my current employer. They were impressed. I’ve been looking for about 9 months.

First, I thank God and Baha'u'llah (the Glory of God).  I love Christ. Christ was a divine Center of unity and love. The spirit of His Love is emanating from all of you.

I read many prayers but one special prayer penetrated me.

O thou who art turning thy face towards God! Close thine eyes to all things else, and open them to the realm of the All-Glorious. Ask whatsoever thou wishest of Him alone; seek whatsoever thou seekest from Him alone. With a look He granteth a hundred thousand hopes, with a glance He healeth a hundred thousand incurable ills, with a nod He layeth balm on every wound, with a glimpse He freeth the hearts from the shackles of grief. He doeth as He doeth, and what recourse have we? He carrieth out His Will, He ordaineth what He pleaseth. Then better for thee to bow down thy head in submission, and put thy trust in the All Merciful  Lord.          

Both Southlake Focus Group & Career Solutions Workshops provided the environment that enabled me to receive that wisdom.

I want to thank the SFG leadership team, particularly Jude Wardle and Norm Fulmer and volunteers and all who participate!

Also, I want to encourage each one to continue to apply everything that you are learning from SFG.  It’s just a matter of time before God answers your prayers with the job that He has already set aside for you.   Thank you and let’s stay connected.



Bob Mottahed

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Jennifer is VP of Enterprise Quality

I am shocked at how fast this year has passed by.  As we all get 'into the grove' of life, we sometimes forget to keep in touch or thank those that have impacted our lives.  I am thankful to report that in May 2017, I was blessed to land a gig with loanDepot as the Vice President of Enterprise Quality.  I started with the firm as a consultant and in September 2017, they offered me a permanent position.

The role is a perfect fit for me, designing and developing a quality control plan to meet GSE regulations and ensure the business continues to march forward with financial success, record high loan closures, and minimal quality findings.  Developing a robust quality plan that includes identifying the error, reporting it back to the business, and following through with a continuous feedback loop to ensure proper loan closing is a challenging job that I LOVE!  




You, yes you, have played a vital role in not only me landing this great opportunity, but helping me succeed in the role.  We may not talk each day or you may not even know that you have impacted my world like you have.  I am here to say thank you.  Thank you for your kind words, your email(s), your mentorship, your encouragement along the road to landing the job and during my professional transition, and mostly for you being you.  




I appreciate your help and support thus far and look forward to a continued connection!




As always, if there is any way I can be of assistance to you, please don't hesitate to give me a call.



I wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to catching up in 2018!



Best,



Jennifer Whitten

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