Hello, My name is Douglas and I’m searching for a job

This is a simul-blog post. For the original: http://dougmullin.ca/2012/09/hello-my-name-is-douglas-and-im-searching-for-a-job/

I have been employed for Marriott Hotels for the last 6 years, in their Global Reservations Sales and Customer Care Centre, located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Last week I received a letter stating that my position and all positions in the centre are being eliminated effective mid-February.

This means I have 5 and a half months to find a new job. In my current job, I have worked formally in 2 separate departments, being trained and certified in the Ritz Carlton Gold Standard of Service; and learning the process of inventory management and wholesaler reservations, dealing with travel companies on behalf of a selection of Marriott hotels.

When asked to transition to a new role to help another associate, I rose to the challenge of becoming proficient in a third department, one of direct support to our sales agents, while striving to keep up on my previous knowledge and training. I knew I had succeeded when sales associates complimented me on my job, both in the doing and after I returned to my previous position.

During the past few years, I have also focused on my personal development. I have had an long-time interest in photography, which has resulted in the increased dreams of building my photography as a business. My manager at Marriott has encouraged me in this development. She trusted me to be the photographer for a charity event sponsored by the centre.

I have also been entrusted to be the photographer at work functions, like our annual year end party and taking the new hire portraits for our staff photo wall. My passion for photography has grown due to opportunity I have had because of the encouragement of my manager.

I seek an new job that utilizes my developed skills of lateral thinking, creativity and problem solving. I have compassion and empathy for my co-workers. I want to help them succeed. I seek a job that gives me the opportunity to support others in their success.

Do you know of jobs like I seek? Do you have job search techniques to share?


Writing Activity

This is simulpost from http://dougmullin.ca

I haven’t been writing lately. That’s been very obvious, no writing=no posts.

By way of explanation, 99.9% of my writing these past few years has been for my blogs. For public consumption. And trying to find a routine to write and plan what I want to say has been difficult, especially on a work schedule that shifts every week.

And I’ve been working on my personal development, primarily my photography and my people skills. I’ve been going out more often, going to the local bar, where there is a hubbub of musical activity. If the finances and time were no object, I could be at the bar most nights of the week, snapping pictures of the different musical events.

I’ve been quite happy with the progress I’ve been seeing with my photography. I’ve read a lot online, and once I read something, I’m striving to put it to practice. And trying to become more comfortable with my equipment has been a goal.

So don’t mind me with extended absences from posting. I am usually quite busy. And I also don’t want to overwhelm you, my friends, with my passions. I know that I need to be more strategic about what I write, when I write and whom I share said writing with.

Being consistent in my writing means developing a strategy for my blog. Establishing a timeframe and goals for topics and discussion. And learning to create my own routine, incorporating my varied work schedule into a daily, weekly consistency that provides balance between work and personal, public and private.

What keeps you busy?


Mission

This is a cross-post from http://dougmullin.ca

Being an active participant in the Anglican tradition has caused me to consider the reason I left my previous tradition of denominational Pentecostalism. The tension in my life between faith and action, my words and my deeds is the short answer.

I’ve studied theology with a focus on missiological issues. In my Pentecostal tradition, I was a Missions Major. Missions was something you do overseas. I wanted to do this so bad. I wanted my faith to be active in doing the work of God. Little did I expect to find a shift in thinking and the dropping of an S from my missions mindset.

I lived in Nairobi, Kenya as part of my theology training. This forced me to look at my faith and how it was easy to live an outwardly Christian life when you are the different in society. What happens when you are the same in society. Being a Christian in a Christian Bible College is easy. Being a Christian doing missions is easy. But being a Christian when no one is paying attention to you is hard.

Learning to be a Christian in action, not just because it was my cultural heritage, was, still is, important to my journey from a Pentecostal ecclesiological tradition to the more formal Anglican tradition. I found that for myself my faith needs to be challenged into action. Being spiritually active is important, but care for the physical is equally important.

Walking the tightwire between spiritual activity on a Sunday and the everyday activity of life is tough, and requires a daily struggle. Scripture describes pure religion as this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. I really don’t know what it means to keep myself unstained by the world.

However, I do know that volunteering at the local community kitchen is helpful to the people who utilize this. I know that volunteering/working in non-profit settings is helpful to those served by the non-profit. Everyone has their own issue that drives them. Some people get involved in fundraising for a charity. Some people volunteer for the Red Cross. Some people make a difference by being a coach for a local school.

It is in the everyday activity that I seek to live the Christian life. Attending religious services on Sunday are secondary for me, but still a priority.

What’s your history? What’s your mission?


Putting on the Ritz

This is a shadow post of the original post on http://dougmullin.ca

I have travelled and slept in some different places. The floor in a pastor’s home in Bermuda, in a mud hut in Kisii, Kenya, in a discount hotel in Seoul, the VIA rail train between Miramichi and Montreal, my car while on the road, to name a few.

I’m still amazed when I travel and because of my employment that I am able to stay the the Ritz-Carlton. I have been making reservations for Marriott and its branded hotels for almost 6 years now.

In this time, I have been able to stay at Marriott hotels, Courtyard hotels, Renaissance hotels, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites and certainly not the least, Ritz-Carlton hotels. One of the perks of working for Marriott hotels is the employee discount. So if you are a hospitality minded person, look for a job with one of the large multi-national hospitality companies. Your vacations will be better for it.

And sometimes more ironic too. A number of years ago I went to Washington for conference talking about poverty while staying at the Ritz, free. The irony being staying at one of the most luxurious hotels while…well, you get the picture.

What are your favourite places to travel?


keeping the faith

This is a duplicate post from http://dougmullin.ca. Read more about Han Kyoul and his life there.

Faith is hard to maintain at times. I think of Abraham at 98 years, still waiting for the promised son that would come. How long did Abraham have to wait from the time the promise was given? We don’t know. Scripture says “By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11, for those who want to look up the reference in context).

What do you do to maintain faith?


busy, busy, excuses, excuses

To think I called the failure of Day 2 an EPIC FAIL, what does that mean for Days 3, 4, 5 and 6? I have not gotten up early, I have not written daily. I have been able to keep to the black coffee, and shared commonly in that I had coffee or hot chocolate with friends, not just by myself, having purchased it at a coffee shop to indulge myself. I have been somewhat faithful reading the devotional book my church is following this Lent.

I should admit it now. I am naturally a night owl, so the failure to get up at 5 am is no surprise to me. I choose it because it is the opposite of what I am. I like to dream big and sometimes talk too much about the big dreams. I am still trying to work out the nitty gritty grind of daily life.

I am also a person who makes himself busy, doing a lot of things. Things that are not always important, things like watching TV for hours on end. And things that I think important, like my photography or my politics.

the true aim of my Lenten Journey to explore who I am, and see what’s important. and how I can keep what’s truly important in the priority position in my life. I know I will not completely succeed in this over the 40 days of Lent, but I see it as important that I try.

what are doing for Lent? or for those not observing Lent (for any reason), what good movies have you seen?


EPIC FAIL

Today was day 2 of my Lenten journey. Yesterday I made slight exception to my 5am wakeup call, due to my involvement in services at the Anglican Cathedral I fellowship with my part of the Church, the body of Christ.

Today I had no excuse. The alarm was set for 5am, and when it rang, I followed my old habits and snoozed it for about a half hour, before resetting it to 11am. And even at 11, I did the snooze dance again.

The positive in this fail is that I did achieve a rarity in my time management. I was able to make my lunch to take to work. I usually sleep and procrastinate until I have to run to work and purchase my lunch out.

The other positive is that I have written today, so two days of writing in a row is achieved. The epicness of the fail is vastly overstated, but that’s the way live feels sometimes. When we fail, we stay down. We should be knocking the proverbial dust off our clothes, get up and try again.

Do you give up or keep trying again?


40 Days and Nights: A Lenten Journey

For my Lenten Journey, I’ve decided that it is time to focus on my discipline of blogging everyday. To this end, I will be sacrificing my early morning sleep. My alarm is set for 5am and my plan is to blog on the Justice Journey (religious), Han Kyoul’s Musings (personal), and seek to develop a new blog based on my politics (link not set up).

The second aspect of my Lenten discipline to give up the unnecessary purchases of beverages. I’m thinking in particular individual serve drinks like Pepsi and Coke. I aim to drink more water. I am not limiting my coffee or tea, but will minimize my sugar and cream, and try to keep it to organic, Fair Trade products if possible. This aspect is inspired by 40 Days of Water, from Blood Water Mission.


Oil and Wine

There was a widow who had 2 children. Her creditors were hounding her, threatening to take her children as payment. What an awful situation for a mother to find herself!

There was a wedding reception. The party was going strong, that is until the wine run out. What an embarrassing situation for the wedding planner! Not to say anything about the bride and groom.

Scarcity of money, scarcity of products. It happens to the best of us.

But what makes these stories remarkable is the ending of both.

The widow spoke to a prophet, who told her to collect empty jars and use her only jar of oil to fill the empties. She exercised faith and filled the empties. She ran out of oil when she ran out of empties. The prophet told her to sell the oil, pay her debts and live on the rest.

The wedding was also a miracle of empties being filled. And the servants who presented the wine to the chief steward, they really had to exercise faith that that they were presenting wine to him, rather than the water that filled the empties. It turned out the wine was better than the wine previously served at the wedding.

These two stories are found in 2 King 4 and John 2 respectively. They show the provision of God, in the exercise of the faith. The evidence of things not seen. It is the exercise of faith that was the job of the people involved in these stories. God’s job was the provision of just enough at the exact right time.


Conflict in faith

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or entity, according to Wikipedia. I have grown up in a Pentecostal home, so the idea of faith in God came easy to me.

In school, I enjoyed mathematics and sciences.  Faith in logic and reason came easy to me.

It never dawned on me that the two faiths could live together.  I can’t pinpoint the time that I started to merge the two faiths I had into one faith.

It might have been in bible college when I studied Apologetics. I learned that 1+1+1=1. Wrap your head around that.

It might have been during the development of my friendship with an atheist. This is one moment in my life that I look to as being essential to an authentic faith, one that is not separated into different spheres and circles.

I’ve considered the idea that faith in the teaching of Jesus could be misplaced, but it is a chance I have decided to be worth taking. I want to live my faith in action, merging the faith of my childhood with the faith of my adulthood.

In letting faith choose me for One Word 365 and change me as I blog and contemplate on my journey, I expect the year ahead to be a phenomenal year.

I hope to get to know my fellow one-worders, starting with Kalisis Rising (opportunities) and Jason (more). These individuals are my immediate linkmates on the Community page at One Word 365. thank you, Alece for choosing to keep the community growing. You see that, Alece. I used your word.