James Sannan, Program Manager at Amazon
After 12 years with Boeing, James felt his career growth had been capped, so he set his sights on Amazon and didn’t give up until he landed a role with his dream org!
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James had identified Amazon as the company he wanted to work for. His values aligned with the organization and he was extremely excited about their company culture, but he kept repeating the same cycle. He would land an interview with Amazon (woo!) only to be told they “went a different direction” after interviewing with him (ugh).
This happened multiple times.
Others may take this as a sign, or decide the effort wasn’t worth it, but not James.
James had put in the work to define his ideal career, and he knew Amazon was the right fit for him. So he doubled down.
He began connecting with Amazon employees and setting up conversations with them. These connections provided valuable insights and helped him refine his interview skills to be exactly what Amazon was looking for. James honed his ability to articulate his strengths and aspirations, ultimately landing a role with Amazon!
So what does James contribute his perseverance and resilience to? Mindset. In this episode, James reflects on his own evolution, from feeling the sting of rejection to strutting into interviews with a newfound confidence. This is a story that resonates, showcasing the power of self-reflection and a commitment to constant improvement.
Whether you’re navigating career changes or trying to shake off the ghosts of rejections past, James’s story serves as a beacon of hope. With a sprinkle of persistence, a dash of positive thinking, and a generous helping of learning from every experience, he proves that setbacks are just pit stops on the road to success.
What you’ll learn
- How to navigate career change obstacles with resilience and strategic perseverance.
- Gain insights on leveraging networking for impactful career transitions.
- The vital role of understanding and embracing company culture during job search and interviews
- The importance of networking and mock interviews for success
- How to communicate passion and alignment during job interviews effectively.
All the stars aligned and I ended up finding the right thing at the right place at the right time, and it was you guys! Everything that you said was speaking to me and the things that you had done in the job that you had transitioned out of and into. Also how finding work that you love is your passion for people! Honestly, it was you Scott, I mean, the way that you talked about it, how passionate you were, I was like, there's no way he's gonna put out a faulty product. So I'm gonna try it, you know… I recommend you to all my friends, you know, even if they don't realize that they're looking for a new job, I'm like this is the first step, let's do this! Even if you maybe don't move out of this career. This is going to help!
as I was diving into the bootcamp at Happen To Your Career, and I was really trying to think broadly, I had this moment of thinking, "Okay, should I even should I be a lawyer? What should I do?" so I worked with Happen To Your Career really started trying to dig deep and lay a foundation… it was helpful to have Lisa through the interviewing process, and all the little events like "oh, someone responded like this, how should I respond?" How should I deal with all the steps along the way? I also had a tendency to form myself into what I thought they were looking for and Lisa helped me be who I actually am in the interviews.
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