Basically, 2013 was the same as 2012 except I only travel as far as Bethesda, MD this year. Nothing has really change: still looking for opportunities, my parents still yakking about getting a job although they gave no idea about entrepreneurship, and being selective of going to any event. The only difference from last year is my realization that probably I don’t fit in a box easily. I have gone to many interviews, but I just think I’m more out there than most candidates and really can’t be pigeonholed. Should I try to play the game and go along? I could, but I really want a company who can utilize my skill, expertise, and personality.
Luckily, I have another chance to help startup a company and using my experience to help Recruit4Cause raise their game. When I started my first company, Tran Recruiting, I really didn’t have a differentiator that sets apart from other recruiters. I could say I was part analytical and part intuitive, but everyone will pitch to that. Recruit4Cause is different because there are many differentiators in place. The only thing that needs to be done is having customers be comfortable using Recruit4Cause’s job board and use it consistently. It will take time, but I feel confident going into next year.
As for next year, I really do want to travel, if I get some money to Orlando for the SHRM Conference and hopefully Seattle in August. Other than that, I would want to go to more events and with the Silver Line opening, I think I will be more active.
On a personal note, I am now the last single guy in the family as my oldest brother got married. On one hand, I still have time to find the right woman. By that, I mean my parents want me marrying a Vietnamese woman who can cook. I have more a broader look of who I am looking for. I am 30, so I’m probably getting a little more serious now, but I am in no rush.
I hope 2014 is better than the past two years and 2014 is starting out great already: my burger will be the burger of the month right off the bat at BGR The Burger Joint. I hope it is a sign of things to come.