Brookdale Careers

  • Job Search 101: Creating Your Own Luck

    March 17, 2017


    Luck and the Job Search (2)

    Ever feel like things are going your way? Like traffic was unusually good, a bill was less than expected, gas prices were extra low on the day you chose to fill up or dessert was free on day you decided to go out for lunch? Don’t you want that feeling during your job search? You might actually have a little control on setting yourself up for a windfall of good luck landing your next and best job.

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” So let’s get to it!

    Essentials for setting the stage for your lucky day:
    • Educate yourself on the company you are trying to get hired into. Research that they need, what their problems are and offer solutions. Find out what their culture is like and present yourself as the perfect fit. Check out these top ten ideas on how to be ready and full of the knowledge you need to set yourself up for the pot of gold.
    • Prepare, prepare, prepare. Do all the things that you are supposed to do prior to an interview. Dress the part or a little better, and if you need some advice, check out our ten tips. Phone interviews typically happen first. Are you ready for one? Check out our list of ways you can rock that call.
    • Set yourself up socially. Clean up your personal social media pages. Many employers look at your social media before they hire. Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date and you seize all opportunities to connect with people that may be helpful in your job search. Make sure your on-line presence is the best it can be.
    • Make sure you are confident – need a boost? Practice smiling, learn something new, accept compliments, meditate, go for a walk, get some exercise, or anything that makes you feel good about you! Having trouble with self-motiving some confidence? Go see a friend that can provide you with a boost. Being confident, calm, cool and collected before an interview is one of the keys to your lucky day.
    • Still feel like you need some good luck? Try some charms. Put a lucky penny in your pocket, go 4-leaf clover hunting, plant some bamboo or hang a horseshoe in your office. Maybe you need something a little more personal. Put a photo in your wallet, carry a small trinket that belongs to someone you care about, wear a piece of jewelry from someone special.
    • Remember gratitude. We are all lucky in some way. We have things to be grateful for and things that we wish for too. Starting with gratitude can be the beginning of our luck.

    Another great quote about luck is from Tennessee Williams, “Luck is believing you’re lucky.”

    Williams got it right. It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to be lucky, or any sort of charm. Believe you are lucky, preparing for your adventures and embracing the path will come together to deliver a successful job hunt.

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  • Desire to Serve Led to Corporate Career Path

    March 15, 2017



    Like many of Brookdale’s corporate associates, Bear Mahon joined the senior living industry out of a desire to serve others. His introduction to senior living came through the therapy and rehabilitation field. During his 18-year career in the industry, Mahon has served in nearly every imaginable capacity, from activities director to executive director at a community, and in various corporate roles with Brookdale. In his current position, Regional Vice President – Operations Lead, Mahon is charting a new course for executive directors and community operations.


    Bear Mahon RVP – Operations Lead

    “At Brookdale our leaders and team members embrace a servant’s heart and empower us to touch the lives of the ones we serve,” Mahon said. “Our company provides many pathways to achieve your dreams of caring for and leading others toward fulfilling their mission and calling in life.  We have the chance every day to show our love and how much we truly care.  Joining our team will take your life from ordinary to extraordinary as we work together to make a difference.  Take the leap and we’ll catch you.”

    Mahon’s interest in service comes naturally. He grew up in a military family and both of his parents spent time in the medical field, working in hospitals.

    “I grew up walking the floors, talking with patients, and spending late nights in my parents’ offices,” Mahon said. “I began looking around at other settings and discovered senior living. During my initial interview in a community, I instantly felt at peace. It felt like home. I quickly learned to transition my thoughts from taking care of patients to now taking care of residents. My ability to serve would be based not just on medical care, but focusing on providing care and support on all of the domains of life.”

    Mahon began his career in rehabilitative services. After graduating from college with a degree in therapeutic recreation, he went to work as an activities director and rehab coordinator in an independent living facility in Georgia. He worked in several departments during his time there.

    “I started with resident programming and transitioned into their rehabilitation department,” Mahon said. “That led to a job as the community business manager. Six months after that, I was offered a position as the executive director of an American Retirement Corporation (ARC) community, and eventually, I landed at Emeritus, managing multiple communities. Two communities led to four, which led to 46 and eventually 72 communities.”

    He quickly moved up in the company from area director, to regional director of operations, then to vice president of operations for Emeritus’ Southeast Division. In 2014, when Brookdale and Emeritus merged, he became a regional vice president for Brookdale. He assumed his new role as RVP – Operations Lead in September 2016.

    “People ask me what has helped me grow at Brookdale,” Mahon said. “I think it’s my passion, cadence, and love for what I do. My mission is to teach people how to love, care, and serve others unconditionally. I trust my leaders, support our mission, honor the process, and respectfully challenge assumptions for fruitful solutions.”

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