Look How Far You’ve Come!
What my résumé doesn’t say:
– I started a blog a few days after the war started in 2006. I used to write a lot out of anger and the need to express myself. A post reached 50,000 views on a dark day in 2013 when a politician’s car was bombed but a teenager who was there at the wrong place at the wrong time passed away. (This misery happened many times before and many times later). I received threats from people who wanted to silence me. I got tired and stopped 10 years later.
– In 2007, I received a call from Paris regarding THE DREAM job… but they were not willing to sponsor.
– In 2010, I shaved my head and launched a campaign to collect hair donations for cancer patients. As noble as you think my goal was, I faced a lot of adversity… how dare I do such a thing?
– In 2011, I appeared live on Orbit TV Ouyoun Beirut to speak about donating hair for cancer patients and I gave a workshop about Street Photography.
– In 2012, I took a photograph that made it to the front cover of L’Orient-Le-Jour newspaper and some of my articles appeared on Blottr (UK), LBCI’s Blog, RPN Guide.
– In 2013, I was mentioned in Communicate, RAGMAG, and Arabnet.
– In 2014, I was interviewed live on Radio. The topic: photography.
Between 2012 – 2014, I took the time to discover other disciplines and freelanced. I took different unrelated projects from social media, translation, real estate, photography, event management, sales.. you name it. I gained tons of skills, my perspective widened but it was not the right time for me to continue on my own.
– In 2015, I was mentioned in Arabnet and went live on LBC Sat TV BBeirut show with #CVDisaster
– In 2016, I gave a workshop on résumé writing.
– In 2018-2019, I became a mom and decided to change everything. I started researching.
– In 2020, I joined Career Professionals of Canada I studied for the Career Development Practitioner certificate and became a Certified Career, Employment, Résumé, Interview, and Work-Life Strategist. Beirut Port exploded. Life changed in the face of adversity.
– In 2021, I fully transitioned from employment to solopreneur, I joined the Mastermind, created my network, and won 3 awards. I also co-Founded Coding For Lebanon because of adversity.
Life is messy; sometimes it’s about adversity and survival while other times it’s exposure and recognition, it takes a while… it’s OK.
I still feel like I wasted some precious time, missed on opportunities, doubted myself… it’s OK.
However, I met friends, coaches, and mentors. I learned and executed. I forgave myself for my shortcomings and for comparing myself to other people who were making dream income in dream companies.
I’m human AND a lot stronger now. I’m creating. I’m exploring new interests. This is just the beginning.
Today, I’m helping senior to executive professionals with their careers from A to Z. I created a new world with an international reach on my own terms. I’m OK.