I regularly use the above hashtag when I post updates on my Linkedin page. Why?
Quite simply, I have come to know some remarkable people. Every client has a different tale to tell – different skill sets, ambitions and goals. My work is to create order and to get their ‘ducks in a row’. My work with the client is from day one to get them to think differently and then they will act differently. The acting differently achieves the results. Not just in the number of job interviews and job offers [of course these are important] – the inner goals and dreams are the most precious part of my work. Encouraging them to pursue their dreams and formulating the plans to turn the aspirations into actions is why I love my work.
Many years ago I was working with a client in Gosport, Hampshire. He told me that ‘for the first time in my life – I am a person not a number’. His comment made a deep impression on me. The premise of my work has since I began Open Door Training been a simple one: Opening the door – both into employment and into a brighter future.
In the past I have worked with clients across the academic and professional spectrum. Lone parents returning to work, long term unemployed, young people not in education or training, people on health benefits. I have worked in some of the most deprived parts of the United Kingdom and the most affluent. [Port Talbot, Newport, Bristol, South and West Yorkshire, Hampshire, Avon, Kent and London are just some of the locations].
A common thread is shared by all. Loss of hope and zero self-belief. The skills I accrued in over 10 years’ consultancy work supporting the hardest to help and the organisations that work with them – have been adapted for my work with the military and ex-military community.
The combination of aptitude and attitude has achieved some astonishing results. Multiple job offers are not unusual. As they grow in confidence so do their level of aspiration. I stand at the side of ‘their stage’ smiling broadly and try to mask the lump in my throat.
I wanted to phone you yesterday but didn’t want to be rude. I was finding it difficult to get into the IT sector and decided to change my focus to sales. After two interviews this week I accepted the second offer and I’m going to Kuwait! I just wanted to say thank you so much as if it wasn’t for my CV I wouldn’t have been accepted for this life changing opportunity. I will forever be indepted to you and I will always be available if you need anything from me. Once again, thank you so much Kerry.
The above note was sent to me a couple of weeks ago on LinkedIn. The client in question was a former Royal Marine Commando.
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