Highlights of Episode 42
- How Shannon Paris addressed and handled the loss of her dream job
- The importance of being intentional about who you spend time and have conversations with during a career transition period
- Shannon’s approach to networking and how it doesn’t have to be awkward
- What Shannon paid attention to during interviews that pointed her to key strengths and assets
- How being open to new ideas opened a new career path for her
Shannon Paris had her dream job for over 10 years, working for an organization with a cause and purpose she was passionate about in a role where she used her strengths and skills to help others.
You can imagine how she felt when she lost that dream job when the company downsized and closed some of its operations—unfortunately, a common story that we hear all too often nowadays.
Shannon then had to figure out her next career move. And it is what she did, how she approached it, and what she discovered along the way that I find extraordinary in her career transition story.
You don’t know what you can do for each other. You might have something you can offer them down the road or even before they have something to offer you. —Shannon Paris
Do listen to Shannon’s approach to networking —the dreaded word. As Shannon’s experience demonstrates, it doesn’t have to be icky and awkward. And her approach can work for anybody, even for the introverts (like me!).
There’s also the bit about how she approached the interview treadmill. What she looked to gain or learn from the interviews, even those that did not ultimately pan out for her.
And really important, do pay attention to how open she was hearing about new ideas and possibilities. And how a serendipitous meeting with an old friend/colleague created a one-of-a-kind opportunity that she would not have picked out on her own.
Sometimes, those moments in your life are watersheds and migration periods where you may leave some friends behind. You may find some other people that you didn’t realize were going to be your people because of the way they come through in unexpected ways. —Shannon Paris
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