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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

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!


Jennifer Whitten

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OMGoodness Constance has absolutely been the patient one.

Brian, Foster, Terry,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very happy 2018.  I am dropping this short note to let you all know that I finally landed a great opportunity.  Yesterday I accepted a position as Director of Application Development for a midsize fintech firm called Elevate Credit (  I’ll be starting in late January, after I complete my relocation to Dallas!  Finally!!  I want to thank all of you for the great support and encouragement, as well as the many lessons shared.  I found this role through networking – testament that all that you teach is valid.  The company has a unique mission, great culture, and they value the mix of experience that I bring – all things I was able to discern because of what I learned from you all.  God Bless you all and the very valuable work that you do!

Best Regards,

Constance Rodriguez

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Mark Joest has landed here in December

Hello Foster,

Good news! I’ve officially landed, start on Jan 2nd, working for Wesco Aircraft in Northlake as Regional Operations Manager.

Wesco is one of the largest suppliers to the Aerospace Industry (Lockheed, Raytheon, etc). I’ll be at SFG in the morning with donuts in hand.

Mark Joest

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Took a while but Bruce is now at the Hotel

Hi Mr. Williams,

I have landed a consulting/contract position at La Quinta through Accretive Solutions/RGP and I start on Monday, December 18th.  Accretive Solutions was acquired by RGP in November 2017.  That's why I am putting Accretive Solutions/RGP.  I need to figure out my work hours so I know how I will be able to drop off some donut holes at Frisco Connect, CSN HR Focus Group and Southlake Focus Group.

I would greatly appreciate if you can pass the following message to Frisco Connect, HR Focus Group, SFG:

Good morning everyone, I have landed a contract position at La Quinta through Accretive Solutions/RGP after being laid off for almost 6 months.  I am sorry that I was not able to share my good news with you in person but I will do my best to bring some donut holes after I figure out my work hours.  Yes, it is that number 1 strength, RESPONSIBILITY, of my top 5 strengths compelling me to bring the donut holes.

I found this opportunity through a staffing firm called Accretive Solutions  that I had worked with previously.  I had a phone interview with the hiring manager at La Quinta on November 16, 2017 but everything went silent until December 13, 2017 when I got a call from my contact at Accretive Solutions telling me the hiring manager at La Quinta wants me to start ASAP.  I told my contact at Accretive Solutions that I need to get back to him the following morning since I had a permanent full time opportunity that's still pending.  On December 14, 2017 when that permanent full time position opportunity did not respond, I called my contact at Accretive Solutions and told him that I am good to go with the La Quinta opportunity.  I was told that I need to report to La Quinta on December 18, 2017.  Oh yeah, this opportunity pays 20% more than my last job.

It has been a stressful and frustrating 6 months while searching for my next job.  I want to thank God in answering my prayers.  I also want to thank the awesome leadership, especially Foster Williams, at Frisco Connect, HR Focus Group and Southlake Focus Group for your help and guidance.  Finally, I want to thank all the wonderful volunteers and all the great people that I met in these networking groups.  Your encouragement made my search so much more tolerable.  To those of you that are still looking for your next dream job, YOU WILL LAND.  You just need to keep your chin up and be POSITIVE and utilize those resources in these groups to help you land your next job.  If you have time to spare, please do some volunteer work.  It will feed your soul.  I am a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels Collin County while I was job searching and I plan to continue to be a volunteer driver whenever I can.

Finally, if there is anything I can help you with your job search, please feel free to contact me either on LinkedIn or email.  My LinkedIn ID is bruce-chao-b923a94 and my email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May God bless you all with your job search.  Think POSITIVE AND YOU WILL LAND.

Thank you.

Bruce Chao

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