Suzy’s Message for the Plano Group

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Suzy gave us permission to share her story of success, and there are many lessons to be learned as you read of her happiness at finding her Next Right Work. This job did NOT come through an online job posting. Networking was the KEY. Support on her path to discovery was vital. Celebration with those in the Plano networking group who supported her was paramount. Check out her story and see if you are on the correct path to the Right Next Work. Thank you Suzy for allowing us to share your story.

“I cannot begin to thank each of you for the support, encouragement and knowledge you have been so kind to share with me during my transition period. It has been a long road that was made so much easier by the strength of friends.


My landing came as a result of all the things we talked about. The opportunity was not posted anywhere, I didn’t apply on line, nor did I find it at a job fair. In fact, the person who hired me has never even seen my resume. About two weeks ago, I had planned a lunch meeting with a former colleague and had planned to ask him to recommend me for a position at the Cooper Clinic. Before I had a chance to mention it at our lunch, he told me he wanted to talk to me about a special project he was launching through his company. He and I have a long history of project work together over the years and we both left our lunch meeting feeling that it was just lucky fate. The next day, I wrote my own job description and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.


Throughout my search, I have applied for more than 40 jobs, interviewed (seriously) over 15 times and have been to countless networking meetings. As the months went by, I found myself applying for jobs I thought I could get rather than those I truly wanted or aspired to. I let my spirits take a beating and had forgotten what it felt like to really be on fire with enthusiasm.


Seeing Keith’s [another candidate in the group] recent success reminded me that there are many things more important than a title and the paycheck. Obviously, we don’t work as a hobby and the number is a factor, but so does being true to what inspires you. Yup, I took a pay cut, but I’m so excited about the project, the environment, the people and the possibilities, I can’t wait to get started. I am reminded of why I chose this field in the first place. This is the type of work I will leap into knowing that I won’t have one eye still scanning the job boards.


It is my hope and wish that each of you find a position that truly fulfills you and lights your fire.  Each of you have been such a precious part of my journey, and I am so blessed to have found such supportive and caring friends during a time when I seemed to have so little to give back. And, to Jan [consultant and networking group facilitator], I am so very grateful for your patience, enthusiasm, guidance, expertise and all the other cool things you are – there just aren’t the right words to say how much. Thank you doesn’t really seem like enough. ….and yes, Jan, you have to read that part, too.


Also, Caryl Madison was my [Optimance] career advisor and her assistance should also be noted. She recommended that I join the Plano group and was a huge help to me in a couple of very sticky situations. She also helped me take the Myers Briggs assessment. I’ve taken abbreviated versions before, but have not had the full analysis. Reading through the analysis was also a good reminder to me of the type of projects that excite and interest me and did play a role in my decision to take this position.


Thank you again for all the assistance Optimance has provided for me. It’s been a tough road made easier by the support of good people!


In the meantime, please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing and if there is anything I can do for you!”

What do you think about the process Suzy went through?

Jim Davidson
Career Partners International

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