27 April 2017

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

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    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

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