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My Story: James Draper

When I graduated from Fanshawe College with a marketing diploma in 2001, I looked forward to embarking on a career in my chosen profession. I searched the job boards and sent out résumé after résumé – without success.

There just weren’t a whole lot of marketing jobs out there. I took any position I could find in order to make ends meet. My self-confidence took a big hit. I was dealing with so much underemployment that I gave up on myself in many ways.

In 2007, I stumbled upon an online ad for the Ontario Job Creation Partnership Program and was offered a one-year marketing contract with Goodwill Industries®, Ontario Great Lakes as a marketing specialist.

Goodwill® saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself at the time.  They even sent me back to school to upgrade my skills, adding graphic and web site design software to my job “toolkit.”  It had taken me years to find a job in my field and the technology had changed dramatically.

James Draper handles marketing materials at Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes.

James Draper handles marketing materials at Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes.

Acquiring technical graphic and web site skills allowed me to use my creative talents in ways that I never dreamed. Goodwill recognized my ability and offered me a permanent position as marketing coordinator in May, 2008. Today, I would describe myself as a “brand guardian.” I ensure that Goodwill’s look and messaging is consistent throughout our organization.

I had a taste of unemployment and I know the struggles, so I can relate to people who are struggling in this economy.  I know it’s not easy, but there is hope. Goodwill believed in me and gave me the opportunity to have a career instead of just bouncing around from job to job. It is amazing going to work knowing you are doing things you love and making a difference.  Being creative and helping others are two things I enjoy.  Earning a living doing both is priceless!

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  • colleen moseley
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    im fourty six years old and this gives me hope..i love shopping on the goodwill sites and spend lots of money..i worked for seven years as a client sales specialist for computer associates international incorporated., and had a 9 million dollar quota, four sales people and a tec rep reporting to me…number 1 in my region…….numerous rewards..then became a mom…. 15 years later, not considered marketable…although in 2006 held a job for a year as a rep for products for dermatologists and plastic surgeons and became number 1 rep in region by second month..closed a cold account first week that i started….but had to leave because kids were still too young. they are now driving and ready for college and i am ready to start a career..this may be an opportunity,,i live in north georgia, will have to check out the careers..its all because of the attractive blonde haired lady sitting at the pc.that you all referred to as “older:” ..haha…please..she is beauttttiful and her eyes just light up through the screen…if i do this it is because of her…but you really need to change her description to open and cheerful, or sweet and attractive..thanks thats my feedback,, and marketing is my strongpoint. I actually ive by your guidelines, assisting the unemployed, with resumes, and coaching our teens with respect to drugs and safe sex. which is actually why i am up..long session with a troubled teen, but i think she is going to her mom..success!! colleen moseley

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