David Gaines and Lundy Khoy

My friend Lundy Khoy and I at Cafe Asia back in 2008

One of the fringe benefits of being a recruiter, something you won’t find in the job description, is the number of great friendships that you develop. It’s not necessarily something you intend to happen. It’s not anything you even care to happen. But behind every job seeker is a human being, and some human beings simply have a genuineness, character, a magnetic persona about them that you can’t ignore or avoid. It’s only natural that a friendship develops when you’re introduced with such people.

Years ago, when I first got into staffing working at AppleOne in 2006, I was interviewing people for enrollment counselor positions at the University of Phoenix. The position isn’t glamorous, it’s not forgiving and more people quit than the number of people who find success at it. And the job requirements for the position aren’t empirical, measurable or easily identifiable even if you know what it takes.

But when I first met Lundy Khoy, it was a no-brainer. Recruiters rarely remember the content of interviews as much as the impressions left. I do remember Lundy wasn’t really interested in hearing about this enrollment counselor position, not that I can remember what she wanted to do. All I knew, though, was her personality was infectious, she naturally spoke with a smile, she had that it factor that made people pay attention, feel at ease and trust her.

Not only did Lundy get the job, not only has she been there ever since, not only has she had great success there, not only has she paid it forward and helped hundreds of others improve their lives, not only has she become a truly great friend of mine, but Lundy has done all this while fighting for the right to live where she has lived for over three decades.

Born in a refugee camp in Thailand because of the atrocities happening in her home country Cambodia, she and her family found there way to America when she was a year old. She’s been here ever since. It’s the only home she’s ever had, but all of that is now being threatened.

Imagine being told you have to leave the only country you know to go to a country you’ve never been to and warned to never come back. All because you made a mistake, the same mistake that way too many Americans make everyday, a mistake that threatens no one, something most people shrug off as stupid teen mistake.

Lundy has nothing to hide and explains it all in the video below. All I can do is ask every single one of my friends, my family, any candidate I ever worked with and your families, your friends and everyone you’ve ever worked with to listen to her story and support my friend by signing the petition to stop ICE from deporting a legal permanent resident of the United States of America.

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Published On: Tue, Aug 7th, 2012

Tell ICE: Stop the Deportation of Legal Permanent Resident (and My Good Friend) Lundy Khoy!

David Gaines and Lundy Khoy

My friend Lundy Khoy and I at Cafe Asia back in 2008

One of the fringe benefits of being a recruiter, something you won’t find in the job description, is the number of great friendships that you develop. It’s not necessarily something you intend to happen. It’s not anything you even care to happen. But behind every job seeker is a human being, and some human beings simply have a genuineness, character, a magnetic persona about them that you can’t ignore or avoid. It’s only natural that a friendship develops when you’re introduced with such people.

Years ago, when I first got into staffing working at AppleOne in 2006, I was interviewing people for enrollment counselor positions at the University of Phoenix. The position isn’t glamorous, it’s not forgiving and more people quit than the number of people who find success at it. And the job requirements for the position aren’t empirical, measurable or easily identifiable even if you know what it takes.

But when I first met Lundy Khoy, it was a no-brainer. Recruiters rarely remember the content of interviews as much as the impressions left. I do remember Lundy wasn’t really interested in hearing about this enrollment counselor position, not that I can remember what she wanted to do. All I knew, though, was her personality was infectious, she naturally spoke with a smile, she had that it factor that made people pay attention, feel at ease and trust her.

Not only did Lundy get the job, not only has she been there ever since, not only has she had great success there, not only has she paid it forward and helped hundreds of others improve their lives, not only has she become a truly great friend of mine, but Lundy has done all this while fighting for the right to live where she has lived for over three decades.

Born in a refugee camp in Thailand because of the atrocities happening in her home country Cambodia, she and her family found there way to America when she was a year old. She’s been here ever since. It’s the only home she’s ever had, but all of that is now being threatened.

Imagine being told you have to leave the only country you know to go to a country you’ve never been to and warned to never come back. All because you made a mistake, the same mistake that way too many Americans make everyday, a mistake that threatens no one, something most people shrug off as stupid teen mistake.

Lundy has nothing to hide and explains it all in the video below. All I can do is ask every single one of my friends, my family, any candidate I ever worked with and your families, your friends and everyone you’ve ever worked with to listen to her story and support my friend by signing the petition to stop ICE from deporting a legal permanent resident of the United States of America.

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- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

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