When you are in a difficult situation it is very easy to dwell on the negatives and not focus on anything positive. Over the last week, several career-seekers in the Nashville, TN area were asked to come up with a positive in their time of transition and here is what they said –
My name is Ron Niebuhr and I am looking for an engineering position to use my in-depth experience in Lean Continuous Improvements, Six Sigma, Kaizen Improvements, Project Management, Quality auditing, Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Process Engineering.
The positives that have come out of my time of transition are that I am more humble, know that God has a plan for each of us, and start the day by reading at least two chapters in the Bible.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/pub/ron-niebuhr/6/b4/8ap or search Ron Niiebuhr.
My name is Tom Murrah and I am looking for a position wherein I can use my Service Management skills to lead a team of technically-oriented individuals and mold them into a world-class service organization that builds relationships with our customers and always has them coming back for more.
One positive result from this time in career transition has been the need to make a thorough evaluation of my life’s priorities and determine what I want to do going forward. The evaluation has been positive and I am ready for my next opportunity.
You may review my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/tommurrah
My name is Joyce Friedman and I am looking for a high level communications position.
This transitional time has allowed me to step back and ‘reinvent’ myself so I have started my own consulting company, Friedman Communications, which specializes in media relations and web site development to strategic communications marketing and branding.
You can check out my Linked In profile at www.linkedin.com/in/joycebaumanfriedman.
My name is Peter Mancini and I am seeking a Business or Military Intelligence opportunity.
A couple of positives that have come out my time of career transition are that I have discovered an entire world of entrepreneurial spirit and have met the most interesting people by networking. It has been a huge learning opportunity and I’ve met people from around the world and have decided that this current time is one when we can and must take the greatest chances and make the greatest transformation.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/pub/peter-mancini/3/ba2/291.
My name is Rick Austin and I am seeking a Call Center Management opportunity.
One positive thing that has come out my time of career transition is the chance to meet with and share experiences with new people.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/richardaustin.
My name is Brian VanderMey and I am seeking a Marketing/Advertising opportunity.
One positive thing that has come out of my time of career transition is that I have learned that I am not defined by my job; I have grown in my own personal identity. This independence removes the tendency towards desperation and makes me able to focus on the positions that best fit my set of skills.
You can check out my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/brianvandermey
My name is Alicia Heyman and I am seeking freelance and contract graphic design and web design opportunities.
One positive thing that has come out my time of career transition is the opportunity to go back to school and get training in the areas I needed to fill holes in my skill set.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/aliciaheyman.
My name is Nori Sigismond and I am seeking a full-time finance/accounting position and also some freelance Japanese translation opportunities.
One positive thing that has come out my time of career transition is that I was able to broaden my network of friends both professionally and socially – I met many helpful and inspiring people.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/norisigismond.
My name is Jerry Meyer and I am seeking a finance/accounting/auditing opportunity.
One positive thing that has come out my time of career transition is that I have learned to put all of my trust in God and check my ego at the door. God has truly been good to me and to my family during this time and I look forward to seeing what His plan is for my future.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/jerrymeyer
My name is Jim Pruitt and I am a Six Sigma Black Belt seeking an opportunity in operations management and bring extensive experience in supply chain management, inventory control, SAP, ISO 9001 / 2000 and process improvement.
One positive thing that has come out my time of career transition is my faith in the Lord has given me a new perspective and I know he will provide for me. Stay patient because he is to his plan, not ours.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/In/JimPruitt
My name is Kate James, and I am seeking an operations management opportunity.
A few positives that have come out my time of career transition is the generosity of spirit and time of those involved with the Nashville Career Transition Support Group, knowing that character grows and shapes in adversity, not success, time to volunteer at local charities, time to exercise, and time to dream and think………….what if?
You can checkout my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/katebjames
My name is Michael Pocchiari and I am seeking a human resources opportunity.
One positive thing that has come out my time of career transition is being able to meet, make friends and help other people in transition.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelpocchiari.
I hope you enjoyed everybody’s thoughts on their transition as much as I did and I appreciate the openness of those that were willing to share.
My name is Stephanie Huffman and I am seeking to make a career out of motivational and public speaking.
One positive thing that has come out my time of career transition is I was finally able to finish and publish a book that I have been working on since February, 2007.
You can check my LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/pub/stephanie-huffman/1/404/789.
When you are in between opportunities there are a lot of potential positives waiting to be uncovered if you will open yourself to them – they can be family focused, faith focused, self-focused, or even community focused.
I would encourage you to try to find a positive in your situation and dwell on that rather than the negative – it will help you keep a positive attitude which will help your chances of landing your next opportunity.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!