Working with Charlie has been an absolute joy. He is a focused, resourceful, diligent and cheerful soul. We were introduced by ACP at the end of August 2016. Within a day, it was evident that he was going to attack every avenue in exploring civilian career opportunities. While Charlie brings great experience, talent and focus, his job search challenge was increased by the fact that he was searching in a specific field in a small market, due to family needs. When things were not going according to our plan and timeline, he pressed on with alacrity. The situation did not discourage Charlie - it energized him. Yes, “the tough get going.”
Together, we built a strategy and plan of attack. As Charlie’s military career ended and he and his family moved to their new location, a job hadn’t yet materialized. This naturally was of concern, however Charlie remained ever confident and cheerful. He made tactical adjustments on his full-time job search as needed. He also purchased a home, moved in and got on with life. We talked about career, the job search, life and much more. We even discussed methods, materials and a plan of attack for installing a new hardwood floor.
Towards the end of February, Charlie had two potential companies getting serious about an offer. He was open and honest with them, letting each know that he had options and would be making a career decision, which resulted in both potential employers making an offer. The two companies are in the right location and industry, with distinctly different profiles and career path potential. We discussed the pros and cons of the positions and companies from both short-, mid- and longer- term perspectives. Charlie made a clear-headed decision and chose the opportunity with a little less short-term but much greater long-term potential.
His decision was no surprise to me. I have every confidence that Charlie’s approach to work and life will result in long-term success for him and his family. I look forward to staying in contact and vicariously enjoying his successes.
Mentor: Tim Sullivan, Dallas, Texas, PepsiCo