1. Tell us a bit about yourself
Around my neck on a thin red cord, a tiny jade lock and key was placed by my biological parents in the busy streets of Anhui, China. The necklace symbolizes that the world
would unlock for me, but through my new explorations and experiences, I want to help unlock it for others. My positive and upbeat attitude derives from the gift I was given when I was adopted at 2 1/2 years old. I am constantly seeking opportunities to grow professionally in my career and sense of self. One thing I’m super proud of is paying my own way through school. I worked multiple jobs, applied for scholarships, and calculated my budget. This taught me that I could accomplish anything I set my mind too. I wouldn’t be who I am today without my family, friends, and mentors. I have found my passion for empowering others through motivation, guidance, and storytelling. This is where my love for career coaching began. I started my coaching business this past couple of months and just launched Red Thread Services. I believe that in each one of us there is a hidden lock and I want to help guide you to find your key to unlock your full potential.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was at an upscale cafe where I was a take-out and cashier. I was 16 years old at the time and this was a popular place in my hometown. I walked inside, asked for an application and filled it out. Later that week I had an in-person interview and landed the job. I’m happy I started working at such a young age because this first job instilled in me to always give customers a great experience. The soft skills learned in this job are something I carry on in my future.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
The summer of my Junior year of college I interned at Ross Dress for Less in their leadership program. It was there I met a Recruiter named Robin who helped me through the process. I realized that working in retail management wasn’t my calling, and Robin was there for me as a friend and mentor. She helped me with a key realization that was so simple yet so powerful for guiding me to a career. I am passionate about empowering others. I then sought to become a recruiter. I truly believe everyone can reach their full potential, they just need support and direction. I want to be that push for greatness. Now as a Recruiting Coordinator onsite at Google via Nelson Staffing I make magic for each one of my candidates by providing them with a great experience. I feel blessed to be a part of the recruiting process that helps others to land their dream roles.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
The best career advice I received is that “Everything will work out”. Each professional I networked with when I was a student would remind me that I need to trust in the job process and eventually my time would come. It is not where you start, but where you end. This also helped me realize that sometimes things are just outside of our control and you shouldn’t let that eat us up. Instead, reflect and choose your next course of action. You are in charge of your own narrative! I try to view it as I am never truly failing because failure is just a part of the growth process. I would tell my younger self to keep learning and surround myself with people who want to grow beside me. Don’t let negative energy get to you.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
I hope to be in a Recruiter position where I am able to help each one of my candidates find their dream roles. One of my dreams is to be a Recruiting Manager and help guide my fellow recruiters. As for my career coaching business, Red Thread Services I want to be able to expand my clientele and help unlock thousands of people’s potential. I would also like to own a home and have one labradoodle. Personally I would like to stick with my fitness goals and continue to run each day and scale up how many miles I am able to do at a time.
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