Here’s the thing: I am tired, I take my phone, I scroll down through my jobs tab on my LinkedIn profile and I find this opportunity that shows I have a connection. I reach out to them and boom! One month and a half later I am hired. Easy? No.
A job is a long-term relationship of employment. So, first, you need to know what you want. When I first came to Romania and I asked for advice on the labor market opportunities, I was so upset I was told my horizon was really only customer support positions. This high pitch sound resonating in my ears made me nervous. “No way. I have not studied for that”.
I was fed up with spreading my CV like the flying seeds of a dandelion. I wanted this time to be different. So I took my time to analyze what work schedule I wanted, what salary I knew I deserved and what I was expecting from my next work place.
Second, you need to work for it from long before you click on the “send application” button. My connection was somebody I had met through social media and we had built a strong respectful virtual relationship. For four years. Before texting them I had taken the time to read the job description, I had tailored my CV to the requirements. Overall, I expressed that I was searching for an important change.
Third, your attitude. I knew I did not have previous experience in that position. But I was in it, for it. For real. I was not ashamed of admitting what I did not know but I did state I was not afraid of accepting the challenge to learn all about it.
This selection process was on point. People gave me the impression of empowerment, professionalism, transparency and respect for me as an equal. Failed attempts of promotions and other jobs showed me that rejection only pushes me to search for opportunities in a different direction.
I was told I had to work on my self development because I was reluctant to change and accept criticism. That I needed to prove I was right when there were disagreements. I was told that my answers did not reflect what I was required to know or have for a higher position. They told me people would not like me. That I would lead others by forcing them to do their jobs. They said I do not have what it takes to be a leader.
Were they right? I was so confused back then but now I can finally say: watch me do it.