Firas Aakool was an experienced HVAC System Engineer in Iraq.
Though he enjoyed his job, and had worked for the same company for more than 13 years, the situation in Iraq continued to become more and more unsafe.
He made the decision to move to the United States.
The decision was not an easy one.
Firas has a wife and six children. Moving meant leaving them in Iraq, while he lay the groundwork necessary to bring his family to America.
Even though it was difficult, he had to remind himself that he was doing this for them.
When he arrived in Washington State, he knew he needed a stable, well-paying job that offered benefits. That was the only way he was going to be able to send for his family.
And talking to his children on the phone and hearing their voices, and hearing their desire to be together again as a family, pushed him to work harder at finding the right fit.
He took action and shared his resume online with the hope that someone would contact him.
As luck would have it, Jennifer Matta, Kirkland Recruiter, came across Firas’ resume while doing some research and thought he’d be great for an HVAC Technician role she was working on.
Jennifer shared, “Firas had the experience I was looking for. After interviewing him, I knew he would be the perfect fit for the position. He was also incredibly driven and motivated.”
The meeting between Firas and the client went very well.
“The client really enjoyed getting to know Firas,” Jennifer stated. “They thought he had great skills and experience and knew he would add value to their HVAC team. And they thought him to be a great culture fit as well!”
Needless to say, they hired him on immediately as a full-time, regular employee!
Firas is very happy with this new role. Not only does the company offer better pay and benefits, the schedule is perfect for him.
And though the process will not be simple, or easy, he is now one step closer to being able to bring his family over to the United States.
Firas is truly an inspiration to everyone who meets him.
The client said, “Firas has overcome many obstacles to be where he is – and he somehow always remains positive.”
Jennifer agreed and elaborated, “Firas has taught me to always be grateful for what I have and to look on the bright side. Staying positive and looking at the glass half full, instead of half empty, is always a better outlook. “
For anyone struggling to find work on their own, Firas shared, “Finding a job on the internet is not easy. Going to an office like TERRA is better. It’s a lot easier for them to find jobs. They can help people like me. They are a great group of people and helped me a lot. Now I am hoping I can see my six children again.”
We are rooting for Firas and wish him continued success in his role, and we sincerely hope he will reunite with his family soon.
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