I thought I had the rest of my life planned out. I would stick it out at the company I worked for another five years until I saved enough to retire in style. But in June 2006, I was laid-off as part of a reorganization. I could feel my blood boil when my supervisor reviewed my severance package and retirement benefits… Retire? I wasn’t ready to retire!
When I got over the shock of losing my job, I realized it was a gift. I had been very unhappy for several years, but allowed the lure of a lucrative regular paycheck to hold me back from pursuing my dream of becoming a Coach. My confidence was at an all-time low and my fears were at an all-time high. What did I know about starting a business? Suppose I failed? Maybe I would find I didn’t have the right skills. Now that my secure paycheck was no longer secure–it was now or never. I decided to go for it.
After receiving my coaching certification, another dream started bubbling up—to move to a warmer location. When I saw the Smoky Mountains for the first time I knew I was home. I moved three months later.
Being single — and relocating simply because I wanted to—was both exciting and overwhelming. People looked at me like I was crazy. “You’re going to move where you know no one?” As I settled into my new community, I knew I wanted to support other singles who are planning the next phase of their life and hoping to relocate. It was at that time I created Relocating Single coaching.
I began to see a theme expressed by the clients who were drawn to me. Many of them had a similar story and I began helping them to rediscover their dreams. I soon felt my calling to help others who have lost their spirit. I will admit I resisted it at first–I knew I would have to stand up in front of folks and share parts of my life that were traumatic for me.
I accepted the challenge because I am the right person to lead this crusade. I endured a lot and (gratefully) I’m now living on the other side— iving a life I used to only dream about. But even more than that, I have spent a lot of time identifying the pieces–why it occurred and how to you can design your own g-o-o-d life.
My journey continues…
In the fall 2009, I became a part of a career network started by Tory Johnson, Good Morning America’s workplace contributor. I then began to explore what ways I could help others find the passion and joy I now know is possible.
One year later, I decided to get my certification in resume writing. With all my experience in HR, did I really need to be certified? My commitment to giving my clients the best possible tools and service–led me to the inevitable answer of “yes.” I didn’t want to take just any certification program, I wanted the best (aka toughest). While it was challenging–I now know I write GREAT resumes!
I recently started this blog/web site—www.janefalter.com. Rather than wait until everything is perfect, I have just begun. I will build it from here–a true work-in-progress (and isn’t that what life is all about anyway?)
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INTERESTED IN FORMAL BACKGROUND STUFF?
- 30 years as a human resources manager
- Experience in non-profit, distribution, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries
- Last position in a multi-billion dollar global organization
- BA in Education–William Paterson University
- MS in Careers and Human Resources Development—Rochester Institute of Technology
- Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification
- Certified Professional Coach–iPEC Coaching Program
- Certified Resume Writer–Academy Certified Resume Writers