Unemployment Possibilities

with guest Shannon Brooke Mantrom, Executive Director, Leap to Success

Reflecting on the development of Leap to Success, Shannon Brooke Mantrom says, “To see professional people giving of their time and talents to nonprofit organizations, while they themselves are seeking employment, has to be one of the most incredible “win-wins” in today’s society.” This episode is an introduction to Leap to Success.

Shannon Mantrom

Shannon Mantrom

Executive Director of Leap to Success

Shannon Mantrom Bio:

Shannon Mantrom is Executive Director of Leap to Success, the signature program of Launch Pad Job Club in Austin, TX. The program offers pro bono, professional projects assistance to Austin and Central Texas nonprofit organizations. Since it’s founding in 2012, Leap to Success has delivered over 115 projects to more than 100 nonprofits totaling over $500K in services. The program won the “2013 Nonprofit Advocate” award from PeopleFund and in 2017 won the “Nonprofit of the Year” award by the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Shannon’s background is 20 years in sales and event coordination (with time off to raise two amazing daughters!) and it is Shannon and her Leap to Success team who coordinate the annual Launch Pad Job Club Employment Expo, the club’s annual fundraiser and service to its membership held each September.

Helpful Links and Resources:

Keeping track of your job search

Excellent websites of job coaches who are also authors and must-read book for jobseekers:

REALLY want to get that next job? You gotta get AWAY from the computer and network! 85% of all jobs are found through networking

A great resource for networking is Meetup.com:

  • Search out networking groups or groups that align with your work background
  • Also, consider joining a group in an area of interest to you, a sport or hobby. Put “Salsa Dancing” in search bar. Unlike a networking group, you’ll probably only person in that group who is seeking employment. You might really connect with a group member, one who either works at a company you’re interested in or knows someone who is hiring.
  • Volunteering your specific job skills for a deserving nonprofit is an excellent way to boost your resume and Linkedin profiles with recent “work” experience. To learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/volunteering-leads-employment-shannon-mantrom/
  • Launch Pad Job Club  www.launchpadjobclub.org
    • Free weekly meeting for job seekers with excellent resources, services and speakers to help job seekers in their quest to find “The Perfect Job”.