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Rose has landed her greatest challenge at TIAA.

Hi Foster,

Feel free to share whatever you think is appropriate. The pertinent details of my job search and my new position are outlined below.

My role is Senior Document Compliance Consultant with TIAA. I will be working with all different types of retirement plans.

The pay is substantially higher than my previous job and I will be working from home.



I didn't know anyone at this company but I had invited one of the document people at TIAA to connect on LinkedIn. I had messaged her and requested any help she could provide. She responded back with her phone number so I called her and we talked for an hour on a Sunday about the job, their computer system and what is important to them in the role. I did this right before my first interview.



I applied to a posted opening back in January but didn't get it. Then someone left and the identical job opened up in May so I applied for that. I ended up having 5 interviews with them in the past 6 months. Both times I submitted a cover letter and resume on their website. When I didn't get the first job I asked HR for feedback and was told they thought another candidate had better computer skills. So the second time around I emphasized my computer skills in my resume and cover letter. Then after I applied online the second time I sent HR an email letting her know I had applied for new posting and attached my resume and cover letter to the email.



I followed up a week later with a phone call to HR and then she called back and said hiring manager had been on vacation but was back now so she told me she would call and speak to her on my behalf. Then she called back a little later that day to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.



If I hadn't asked HR for feedback I wouldn't have known what I needed to do differently. I developed a rapport with the HR person and it paid off. I kept following up by phone or email every 7-10 days.





I'm attaching copies of the job description, my cover letter, and resume. My resume is nontraditional in that my education and credentials are near the top. This was recommended by two senior level headhunters and HR people. They said my education is what sets me apart from other candidates and since the job description was looking for that education and credentials I was told to place it where I did.



I have been unemployed for 12 months. My date of layoff was on August 1, 2016, and my new job starts August 14, 2017. I didn't need to negotiate anything. The salary was so much higher than my last position that it didn't seem appropriate to ask for more. The benefits are wonderful and the vacation time was generous.



Incidentally, I have applied for hundreds of jobs during the past year and have had interviews with 20 companies. I also have attended job networking groups and worked with 3 different career consultants (all free). I have done 3 mock interviews and attended a number of job-related seminars including 4 that Abby Kohut presented. I also used JobScan.co to compare my resume with the job description prior to applying for each role. I probably have at least 30 versions of my resume if not more.



I went into such detail here to let people know this job didn't just happen. I worked very hard and enlisted a lot of people's help. God made this happen!




Rose Waltz























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Cynthia Ray has landed a PM job again

2. LANDING: Cynthia Ray    Posted by: "Cynthia Ray"

This is a lengthy story, but worth the time! I was laid off from my previous job in October 2016, but did not earnestly begin searching for a job until February 2017.  I kept seeing postings for positions with DynCorp which were excellent matches to my background.  However, I never received a call from them after applying to positions, and I had no contacts to get my foot in the door.   Early in my attendance at SFG I learned that Charlie Zinger had connections with DynCorp.  

I spoke with Charlie, who was very kind to quickly make an email connection for me at DynCorp with someone in HR.  However, once Charlie was removed from the correspondence, I was unable to get a response from the DynCorp HR contact. After 3-4 weeks of consistent unsuccessful attempts to speak to this contact, I decided I should ask Charlie for another contact, or even see if Foster Williams or someone else at SFG could assist with providing me alternate sources.  Much to my disappointment, that Thursday I did not find Charlie nor Foster in attendance. For the first time, I was feeling really depressed as I sat in the opening session. The sessions are normally uplifting, but I wasn’t feeling it this particular day. As always, we were encouraged to always practice HOPE.  I was saddened because since losing my job, other than attending Frisco Connect and SFG, I tended to spend the majority of my time at home pouring over the internet researching companies and looking for positions. My kids are grown, I live in a small town and had seemed to have turned into a hermit since becoming unemployed.

How was I supposed to practice HOPE when I rarely saw anyone to have an opportunity to help? I was walking to the final session of the day, a LinkedIn training session, feeling depressed and trying to think of what group I could join or how I could make changes in my life to expand my human interface.  I could see ahead of me a lady in the hallway that seemed to be trying to get information from people as they headed to the session, but everyone seemed to be passing her by.  And then she approached me. She was looking for information about our SFG group, and had walked through the front door very late trying to see what we were all about and just needed general information.   My initial reaction was much like several others I had seen, try to be polite but keep going in order to get to the class.  But then it hit me – Cynthia, THIS is an opportunity to practice HOPE.  I stopped and took the time to explain in detail what happens at SFG, told her about beginning time and where to enter the church, and that it was really all about making connections to help each other find job opportunities. We exchanged contact information, and I told her I would meet her at the front door next week and go through the initial signup and sit with her at the opening session.  The lady, Jennifer, was very appreciative of my information, and said her sister had strongly encouraged her to attend SFG.  Her sister, being in HR for a large company in the area for many years, had heard good things about SFG and thought this would be a great place for Jennifer to help with her job search.  I asked Jennifer where her sister worked. Her response was – DynCorp.  DynCorp – the company where I had been trying for months to get my foot in the door.

Folks, that was God there with me.  I so strongly felt His presence at that moment.  I looked at Jennifer in disbelief, and opened my binder, and on the top page was my printout of the job description at DynCorp that I had been trying so hard to get an interview for.  I showed this to Jennifer, and shared my story with her.  Jennifer immediately said she would contact her sister and for me not to worry, that her sister loved to help deserving people and she knew she could get me an interview.  Well, while I was in the LinkedIn training session that same hour, I did indeed receive a voicemail from Jennifer’s sister at DynCorp who had pulled up my information from my previous applications.  She said she wanted to interview me on the phone that afternoon!  To make an even longer story short, it did take about 2 months – but I am now officially employed by DynCorp as a Senior Buyer and started on July 5. I am so very thankful to SFG, Whites Chapel, Foster Williams, Charlie Zinger, all the wonderful people I met on this journey, Jennifer who walked through the church doors late that day, her sister Kathy at DynCorp, my family who hung with me through all of this – but most importantly

God who is the one that sustained me during this time – as always.  I am thankful for the lessons and patience I learned during my unemployment, and will help anyone of you that I can.  My words of wisdom are to practice HOPE and to grow your relationship with God. I leave you with Proverbs 2:13: Trust in the Lord with all yours heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; thing about Him in all your ways and He will guide you on the right paths. God Bless.

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GOD comes through again says Jose' Figueroa

Foster/John/Steve,

I wanted to let you know that I have landed and I start this Monday, Jul-17. Could you please share this with Frisco Connect? Thanks for all you do for those of us in transition.



I have landed a full-time position as an IT Project Management Consultant with NTT Data Services in Plano starting on Jul-17.

That will be exactly 4 months since my 6-month contract with Southwest Airlines ended in March.

I found the position through a posting on LinkedIn. There are some good opportunities there!

I applied on the company website and the internal Recruiter contacted me within a couple of days. After 5 rounds of interviews (including 2 face to face sessions), I felt very good about my chances.

However, it took 4 weeks before I received the offer letter this past Monday. I had given up on this position but just never know the internal workings of a hiring process. The whole process took about 8 weeks.

I want to thank first of all, God for His infinite goodness, His sufficient grace, and His perfect provision.

I want to thank my wife Stacey who is a prayer warrior, my greatest support and my biggest fan. I am glad she has been here with me during this time of testing.

I want to thank Stonebriar Community Church for their generosity in providing this facility for this great ministry. Every church (White Chapel UMC, Watermark, St. Andrew UMC and Christ UMC) who hosts a group like this, is doing God’s work on behalf of those in need.

I want to thank everyone here at Frisco Connect because you practice H.O.P.E. and you exude hope. I also want to thank the PIT Crew, Mark McDonald and team.



Finally, I want to say a special thanks to my accountability/support/prayer group (Walt Glass/James Reidy/Sally Binnix).

Practice H.O.P.E.! Work the process!

Finally, let me know how I can help you. I will accept your LinkedIn invitation to connect. I will pick-up the phone when you call. And I will answer your e-mail.

I want to leave you with this precious promise from our Lord:

"The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;"

Psalm 138:8a




José



José Figueroa

Sr. IT Program Manager

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Arnaud will stay in the USA

I finally landed! Unfortunately I won't be able to come next Thursday morning to share some donuts with all of you but I wanted to make a post to thank you so much for your help and support.

This group just changed my way to look for a job, from practical tips to mental state! I'm not from Dallas, not even from the US, but you all made me feel welcomed in your community, so thank you so much!

I will start on Monday at Safran in Grand Prairie as a Buyer, a job that i found on Indeed. If you're interested in the company or need a contact please let me know me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. All the best to all of you and thank you again so much.

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Marlene has landed at Safran USA

I am pleased to inform you that I have landed at Safran USA in Irving.  In my new role, I will be coordinating benefit plans for their 7,000 employees and family members in the U.S.  I obtained my new role through online job website search.

I want to thank all the leaders, volunteers, and members of Southlake Focus Group for the tremendous support you have provided me for the six months that I have been in career transition.  The extent to which people at SFG as well as in my broader network have reached out to help and encourage me has been overwhelming! I also want to thank Foster Williams and Glenn Harbin for all the time and programs provided in the weekly HR Focus Group.  I thank all of you, as well as my family and friends, for this fantastic support.  I also thank God for His constant encouragement and provision!

I wish all of you the best and encourage you to stay patient and stay positive!  Please let me know if I can ever help you in any way.

Marlene McNemar

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