Success Story: Marc' Freeman's New Job Is Green

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionSacramento Professional Network (SPN) member Marc' Freeman has reinvented himself, going from a mortgage-loan executive before the housing meltdown to a green-industry sales career today. Marc' was recently hired by Proinso, a subsidiary of Spain's OPDE, a major distributor of solar technology supplies around the world. As of April 18, he is now Proinso's National Sales Representative, selling solar modules (panels), inverters, and tracking systems in the United States and Canada.

Marc' credits SPN for helping him get through his tough period of unemployment. "I was a returning member to SPN, having been the Chair of the Education Committee the first time around nearly 12 years ago," Marc' says. "As I am not a novice to job searching, SPN served to reinforce what I already knew and what ultimately led to my job offer and subsequent job.

"That is to say: network, network, network. It's not about how many applications or resumes one sends out over the Internet; it's all about how many people you meet and touch. It's also about getting out of your comfort zone and asking the people you already know (friends and relatives) if they would ask two to three people they know if they've heard of a need or a job opening. Of course I make reference here to the 'hidden job market.'

"The other thing that SPN does that is invaluable," Marc' says, "is to provide a sympathetic social network, because when we're unemployed, we often feel ostracized from a lot of social gatherings.”

He says SPN provides resources hard to find elsewhere at no charge. "Review of one's resume, and practice with the interview committee, are likewise invaluable. I believe everyone should spend some time on the Interview Committee, since everyone must interview to get a job.

"The last piece of advice I have is to volunteer at the Career Centers that often sponsor us," as Marc' himself did. "It's a great way to give back and increase visibility - and, as some wise person once said, 'When you help enough people get what they want, you'll get what you want.' Besides, this is where job postings come in. Don't overlook volunteering at staffing agencies for the same reason."

Great advice, Marc'. Your own experience shows that it brings results. Congratulations and good luck in your new job!

Pat Soberanis is an editor and writer in Sacramento. Visit her career blog.