Turning Your Confusion Into Clarity
This is My Story
My journey started in 2001 in the wake of September 11th. When I wrapped my head around what had happened, and gripped my new reality, it was too late. The job I had led to a “corporoate workforce reduction program” on an inoquous Wednesday the week before Thanksgiving.
Even in those circumstances, I had a moment of clarity. Life is too short and precious to be working unfufilling jobs. In the wake of this situation, I traveled into a new world of networking, job seeking, getting hired, getting fired, and taking survival jobs. After about a year of struggle, I decided to make my unemployment permanent and got my real estate license. It was a great step for me to be chasing something I was excited and passionate about, primarily as a result of a mediocre real estate purchase.
Even though real estate had been okay to me, the ups and downs of the market, finding new business, and the cooperating brokers I worked with, was impacting my life in negative ways. It was 2008, when I made a decision to put my faith in Christ that things changed for me. I changed. Everything changed. I began asking questions, like, what’s my impacting legacy of tangible significance that would be pleasing to God.
Fast forward to 2015 and a significant life event happened: My father died. Yes it was sad. Yes it was difficult. But it was another defining moment, a chance for self-discovery. Here’s what I found out: I love learning, teaching and problem solving, specifically as it relates to job seekers.
Enter the Breakfast Club
In the years since 2001, when I first was laid off from a corporate sales job, I ran into a group of people going through what I was and wanted to have a support mechanism. From that group, I received a new appreciation of what a professional relationship means and how important it was to your life, not just your career. People I first met in that group are still solid friends and connections years later, some I have even done business with, shocking I know. It wasn’t until I was 5 years into my real estate career, when things were going really well, that I offered to have the group hosted in my Lake Oswego real estate office.
Little did I know–that offer changed my life again. The moderator of the group surprisingly and strangely obtained a job. A replacement moderator led the group for a period of time and then also found work. The turnover was threatening the survival of the group, so I offered to moderate–but made it clear, I wasn’t doing it for personal gain in my real estate business. It was then that I was sold–this was great fun and I loved it. Only one problem, I was doing it for free. Over the years, Breakfast Club has provided support and service to 800+ job seekers.
So What? Why Should I care?
The unique combination of life experience, from the jobs I’ve had, to the job seeking I’ve done, to the career transition services I have received and delivered and also to the sales experience and training I’ve received. I have been blessed with perspective. On this site and through social networks, you can find information about this experience as relates to
- Job Search
- Personal Branding
- Professional Networking
- Career Planning
- Learning and Training
Where do I start?
This is a platform that I will be adding to and improving over time. To make this site better, I woud love to have you contact me. My contact information is readily available and transparent. I encourage your contact by phone or email as well as through social channels on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.
As for me, I intend to post here and provide content regularly. Expect new blog posts once per week and also content updates on Linkedin Pulse. If you have a particular topic in your head for which you would like guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out. To get more content and information, browse my blog posts here.