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Landing Stories

John has already started his new job.

I’m excited to announce that I landed back with General Electric as a Region Finance Manager for the Industrial Systems business, working out of my house. I was laid off after 37 years at the end of May 2016 from another division of GE, with my severance ending at the end of January. In December, an HR manager I knew from a previous role contacted me about this position but they were in a hiring freeze.

At the end of January they were finally given approval to fill the position and my official start date was last Monday 2/13/17. I want to thank the SFG because there were several times when I started to get into the “pity me” syndrome, but then Thursday rolled around and every meeting I attended gave me a new positive outlook when I left.

Thanks for all you did for me and I promise to carry on H.O.P.E. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help anyone in their search.

John Gavin 

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Peter lands a perm opportunity

I’m pleased to share I have landed a full-time opportunity with Ivie & Associates with the role of Sr. Production Technology Manager out of their Flower Mound office. I began this assignment February 20th, 2017.

My journey began mid August 2016.... I initially attended Southlake Focus Group in early September, joining shortly there after. I’ve done my best to attend weekly meetings (as able) and will continue to do so (as best I can) to reciprocate with encouragement and support. I was fortunate enough to find a “bridge job” at the first of this year prior to landing my new role.

I strongly endorse the opportunities provided from this experience as it re-enforces your self-esteem, allowing you to realize the value you offer (and closes some of the financial gaps and pressures these journeys often face….) One of the greatest lessons learned and an important piece of advice: work hard to keep the SFG core value of H.O.P.E. (Help One Person Everyday) in the forefront of your mind - it offers balance, sanity and grace throughout this sometimes inhuman process…

So, in a true “Academy Awards style”: I wish to acknowledge the unwavering support of my wife Janie - without her none of this would be possible. Additional thanks to my family and my friends for your patience and understanding…. It is my sincere hope to stop in soon to celebrate this blessing with my Southlake Focus Group family.

All the best,

Peter Gernand

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The Wells Fargo thing worked out for Sani

Hi Foster,

Wanted to let you know I have a start date with Wells Fargo for 2/8. It is a 12 month contract and 40 hours a week.

I will still need to continue working toward networking.

I should be at Frisco Connect tomorrow and hoping a colleague will be there so I can make an introduction with you.

Looks like I'm bringing doughnuts... ��

Have a great day!


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Barry says get over it and get a job.

Good evening SFG colleagues. I am so grateful to announce my landing at Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits. I start this new chapter on Feb 1st. 

I lost my last job on November 28th after 6 years without a nickel severance, I was very bitter and was carrying a lot of negative emotion around with me to say the least. It was impacting every aspect and relationship I cared about in life. A friend referred me to SFG and I went. As I set in orientation, one of the speakers started talking about this "negative emotion" and how dwelling on that junk and funk was not going to change a thing. Although I knew this fact hearing it from someone else who was treated very similar from a prior organization was enough to pull me out of my pity party and get back in the mix of things, As I listened to the encouragement and inspiration from the leaders and volunteers I made the mental shift from victim to being reminded that I am a child of God and although this was way to big for my shoulders, it was nothing for the king of kings.

Going through this is always a colossal faith tester and it never gets easier but I believe if your heart is right, God will always pull you through.

Stay focused and diligent on your career quest. Be patient, keep the faith and know that although you can't see what's around the river bend....he can, he knows the blue print for your life, and he has your back no matter what.

Lastly, I am going to leave you with a few songs that helped me breath a little deeper when I started to get that hopeless, let down, pessimistic (negative emotion) wave rising up around me. I hope they bring you the same comfort and peace they provide me.

chain breaker - zach williams

eye of the storm - ryan stevenson

Oceans -hillsong united

The God I know - Love & the outcome

mended - matthew west

Overcomer - mandisa

while I am waiting - john waller

holding on to you - fellowship creative

good good father - chris tomlin

the hurt and the healer - mercyme

Ok ok ...there is a little inspirational playlist you can throw in the mix.

God Bless, I am Barry Morgeson and I have landed.

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Jesse tried and just could'nt retire

Hi Foster,

Although I officially retired this year, I am going to continue working and I just recently accepted a Bilingual Contact Center Agent position at RealPage in Richardson.  They renovated the old Nortel Networks campus and it's super nice. 

Anyway, please let the Frisco Connect and all other network groups that they are welcome to reach out to me and use me as a referral.   As always, it's best to go to RealPage website to see if they're interested in a position. 

I'm liking what I'm seeing and hearing at RealPage.

Thank you for all your efforts in helping Renee with her challenges finding a new career.

Hope you have a great 2017 !!

Jesse Esquivel

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