27 April 2017

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Long Distance Networking Record

Long Distance Networking

Tom McCutchen

From Atlanta to Capetown to Dusseldorf

This week’s letter is longer than usual, but I promise it’s a good read. Tom sent this to me on Sunday. This is the third time I’ve published a “Hey Dave, I got a job” message from Tom. The first was in October 2009; the other was a year ago this week. The cool thing last year was that Tom found a job an excellent job in Atlanta by talking to a friend in Sao Paulo – he set the long distance networking record of 4600 miles.

He just broke his own record. This time it is 8100 miles – all the way to Capetown, South Africa.

Never discount any conversation; always be alert to the possibility that the person you are with right now can help you find a job.

Congratulations once again, Tom. Love how you are managing your career!

– Dave O’Farrell

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Hi Dave,

My gig at Healthways in Brazil ended in early September. It was a great experience professionally, personally and financially. I’ve spent the last couple of months up in Dunwoody, absent from the JobSeekers group but pretty well grounded in the methodology, and equipped with an updated set of value-added references.

Long distance networking led to my new job. I contacted my friend Hakon, who is from Bergen, Norway but currently resides in Capetown, South Africa. Hakon and I have worked together on software implementations in Brazil for two different companies. About a year ago he joined his current employer.

I contacted him a couple of months ago in the spirit of confirming his latest contact information and checking his willingness to act as a reference again, rather than shaking him down for a job. As it happens, Hakon’s boss (and mine, starting tomorrow) lives in Atlanta; Hakon sent my resume to him, and then he invited me for lunch toward the end of October.

This led to a trip to the company headquarters in Northern Virginia and finally a Skype interview with the regional director in Europe. I start tomorrow and I’ll spend a few months in the DC area getting up to speed on the software before relocating to Germany to work on software deployments in the Europe / Middle East / Africa region.

I’ll be working in telecom billing software implementation, my old bailiwick, again. I’m looking forward to the job and the international travel, although the chances of working in Brazil again look pretty remote. That’s the only conspicuous downside; anyway, things are lousy right now in Brazil and jobs are scarce.

I’d like to humbly suggest that my credentials as a long distance job networker have been enhanced in the sequence of contacts that I just described: the outcome of the initial Atlanta to Capetown outreach was a job in Dusseldorf.

I’d also like to once again pass along my thanks for past assistance from you and the crew which continue to be helpful years after the assistance was received.

Best regards and muito obrigado,

– Tom

God Provides to Those Who Are Faithful. Amen!

I hope all of you will take some time this week to give thanks for the many blessings our Lord has given you. Even during the cold and dreary periods of our lives, we still have more blessings than we realize or feel. I acknowledge that finding warmth and sunshine in the midst of a job search and other challenges is more difficult for some of us than for others; and more difficult during particular times in our lives than in others.

God’s Providence – A Thanksgiving Message

On Sunday 11 November 2002 – during a cold and dreary period of my life – I spent the day sightseeing around Los Angeles. I was in the middle of a two-week training assignment in Rancho Cucamonga. In the morning I went to Mission San Juan Capistrano. You may have heard of this place because it’s where the swallows come around March 19 each year.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is named for St. John of Capistrano, Italy, who was a theologian in the 14th century. It was established 239 years ago, on 1 November 1776. It was the seventh mission founded by Father Junipero Serra. The Mission has the distinction of being home to the oldest building in California still in use – a chapel built in 1782, and now known as “Serra’s Chapel.”

The peace of God was in that beautiful place. I took my Bible and did my daily reading for the Bible study class I was taking at church. The story I read was in 1 Kings 17; the story of the widow in Zarephath, who was down to her very last meal. The scene took place near the end of a three-year drought in Israel and Judah. God sent Elijah to her town, and in a separate message, God commanded her to supply Elijah with food, which she obediently did. Why would someone give away his or her very last meal? Here’s the story:

The Widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-16)

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die.”

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.'”

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

God Provides to Those Who Are Faithful. Amen!

Who among us has faith as powerful as the faith of the widow? She gave Elijah some food before she fed her son and herself. Even when it seemed she had nothing left to give, she gave. Her faith was rewarded. It was just the message I needed to hear that day, because it was during a time in my life where my tank was empty. I wrote this in the margin of my Bible: “11 Nov 02 at San Juan Capistrano: God provides to those who are faithful. Amen!”

I know some of you feel that you are down to your very last meal. I’m amazed at how some of you have hung in there in the face of many, many disappointments. My message to you is this: be strong in the Lord, have faith in God, lay your cares at Jesus’ feet, and you will experience God’s peace, power, presence and protection.

Have faith that your jar of flour will not be used up and your jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on your land.

See you on Friday 4 December at JobSeekers, where we live in the abundance of God’s grace!

Copyright © 2015 / Dave O’Farrell / All Rights Reserved

Dream Job, No Salary

Daryle-Smith-YouthI am so proud of Daryle Smith. In the letter below, he says I inspired him. Well, let me tell you: Daryle Smith inspires me!

When he came to JobSeekers for the very first time, he volunteered to lead the devotional. The person who was scheduled had to cancel at the last minute. He inspired all of us with a rousing devotional.

Later we collaborated to create his résumé and LinkedIn profile. During our meeting he told me about how he’d nearly been killed four times and some other tough experiences when he grew up in the Bronx.

God has prepared this man to minister to young people. Imagine a high school athlete telling Daryle how tough things are at home. Daryle can share how his father left him and how he got tossed out a second-floor window when he was on the losing end of a fight. Then he can share how his Heavenly Father saved him from a life of despair and how His Son has walked by his side since then.

Please click on the PDF and consider making a significant year-end donation to Daryle and His ministry. You may also go straight to his page by clicking here.

Thanks, and may God bless Daryle and all of you reading this.

– Dave

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Good afternoon Dave,

I hope I was able to inspire the JS group a few weeks ago when I led the devotional.

It is because of you that I am living my dream job. Since meeting with you I have grown as a man and as a disciple for Christ! I am hoping you prayerfully consider being a part of this missionary assignment as I take this leap of faith.

It’s a leap of faith because I don’t have a salary. In the nonprofit world, we call this a “support raising” position. You will find my first appeal letter attached; there’s a link to my fundraising page. I’m trusting God and counting on others to be inspired to support me as I change lives in the middle and high schools in the area.

I will see you in a few weeks and I am looking forward to helping with devotions anytime you need.

Thanks my friend and brother in Christ,

– Daryle Smith

You Changed My Life

You Changed My Life

Rob Hobson

When someone says, “you changed my life, the letter doesn’t need much introduction or explanation. Rob lays his awesome story out pretty well. Congratulations Rob; I’m glad I got to work with you, and I am very proud of you!

We can all take a lesson or two from Rob. Read his message to learn the secrets of his success.

– Dave O’Farrell

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I wanted to update you on my job search. I am now employed!

The company is Finlay’s Tea. They are the largest tea trading company in the world. Probably not a brand you have heard of. I had never heard of them. A recruiter called me out of the blue. This was a guy I met at a tradeshow last year. He called to see if I knew anyone in the Atlanta area looking for an upper level sales position in beverage; he didn’t know I was unemployed. It turns out that he went to college with the COO of this company. The position had not even been posted yet. I sent him my resume and, three interviews later, I got the job.

Finlay’s, it turns out, is the largest supplier of tea to Coca-Cola in the world. In fact, Coke made Finlay’s their new global tea partner last year. As such, they were looking for a seasoned sales executive in the Atlanta area. My job is the National Account Director, and Coca-Cola is my account. It doesn’t get much better than that.

It has now been a little over a month. The job is going great. Two months ago, I would have never thought this day would come. This job is perfect for me. As I move forward, the position will take a more global role with Coca-Cola. Their Center for Tea Excellence is in Shanghai. Now I know why I learned Chinese all those years ago! Everything happens for a reason. There are no coincidences. God has a plan – you just have to stay positive and proactive so you recognize it when it comes along.

I just want to say thank you to you and your team. Those early Friday mornings at your meetings are what kept me going. I was forced to get up early, to dress as if I was going to work. They kept me positive. And, when you are unemployed at 49 years old, staying positive is 80% of the battle.

Keep doing what you do. You and your team are not just making an impact in people’s lives. You are changing people’s lives. You changed mine.


– Rob Hobson

Declaring Your Position Objective

wave-of-the-sea-3Our topic for Friday 17 February is “Declaring Your Position Objective.” I like this quote from James: “Don’t be like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” This quote from Stephen Covey also applies: “begin with the end in mind.”

Oftentimes when I do the diagnosis on why someone has been looking for a job for six months or more, the absence of this essential element is one of the top three reasons for the lack of success. With it, you see new possibilities and open doors every day. Without it, the seeker struggles to tread water in the hostile seas of unemployment.

The Position Objective Statement (POS) is used in networking communications. For some, this is one of the most difficult things they have to do in their job search — decide what they want to do next. Without an objective you are like a wave of the sea — blown and tossed by the wind. With it, you have a sharp focus that helps you sift through all the clutter and work toward a specific goal.

Come JS on Friday to develop and practice your POS.

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JobSeekers meets every Friday morning at First Baptist Church in Peachtree City from 7:30 to 10:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 208 Willow Bend Road.

Click here for directions and agenda.

See you on Friday!

– Dave O’Farrell
Corporate Recruiter, Outplacement Consultant
O’Farrell Career Management

“South Atlanta’s best career services firm.”

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