SPOTLIGHT ON VOLUNTEERS: Tim Baker, Job Seeker Support

SPOTLIGHT ON VOLUNTEERS: Tim Baker, Job Seeker Support

LifeSteps Training is the education component of Community Lifeline Center. These free classes provide valuable tools to help individuals develop skills and self-confidence in a supportive environment. The following is from a recent interview with Tim Baker, who teaches the Job Seeker Support Class.

Tim BakerWhat is your title/role at CLC? How long have you been associated? Have you served in other positions/roles at CLC?
Motivating and instructing clients how to prepare a resume, keep a positive attitude, enable confidence and interview for job openings. The Job Seekers class is important to me. I also have served on city boards as well as non-profit private boards. Community involvement is extremely important to me.

What do you do (ex: for work) outside of your volunteer service? 
I am an executive business coach and performance consultant. I help direct and guide business owners to successful ventures. I have always known that if a person knows what he wants I can help them attain their goals. Most business owners work “In” their business rather than “On” their business. It is always important that we all ask ourselves “What is it that I am trying to accomplish?”

How did you come to know CLC, or what led you to your role? 
Through a referral from a friend.  I am motivated to help people be successful and keep the right frame of mind to do so.

Do you serve at other organizations, and if yes, what do you do for them? 
I have served as the strategic planner on the Consumer Credit Council Service of Collin County, the McKinney Convention and Visitors Center, the Heritage Guild of Collin County. I was the Board Chairman for four years.  I am also involved with the McKinney Community Development Center. I am also the Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) director for the Friday McKinney Rotary Club.

How are you rewarded by your work with CLC? 
I have the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and help direct the community by helping the people become successful.

Do you find anything that surprises you? 
People generally need a helping hand and not a handout. Most people need to have confidence that they can be anything they want to be if they set appropriate goals and keep focused on the end result.

What would you like the community to know about CLC? 
They are there to help people in the community. The community becomes stronger when everyone pitches in. Each of us gets more out of life if we help others.

What do you like to do when you are not working, or volunteering for CLC? 
Being a sports coach, being with my family, reading and finding more ways to help improve people’s lives.