taking chances to get a job

Posted: July 29, 2015
By: Clay Cerny


I talked with two clients recently who were hired to dream jobs.  In both cases, the client hesitated before applying for the position.  Steve wanted a position in Europe.  However, his heart dropped when he saw the requirements:  MBA and second language.  Steve had a BA and only spoke English.  Then he read the position again and felt that no one could be more qualified based on his experience and achievements.  He took a chance and was rewarded with his dream job.  Mary works in human services as a counselor.  She's performed managerial duties, but never held the title of manager.  We wrote her resume to emphasize her roles that required leadership and decision making.  Again, Mary didn't think she'd get the job.  She applied, went through four interviews, and received an offer.  If you think you capable of doing a job, don't be afraid to apply.  The trick to getting the job is to show how you are qualified.  You need to do this in your resume and during interviews.  Employers will look beyond their requirements if you show them why you're the right person.  Don't be afraid to the chance.  That's the only way to find your dream job.

Posted: December 17, 2012
By: Clay Cerny

I just got good news from a client who wants to work in pro baseball.  My client went to the winter meetings, interviewed with 8 teams, and accepted an internship with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Was he lucky?  To a degree.  What's more important is the work he did to get lucky.  Beyond his achievements as a player and coach, he studied how people get jobs in baseball.  Then he had the courage to risk rejection and failure.  He could have gotten no interviews or no offers.  Instead, he took the chance and now has an opportunity.

Failure is easy:  do nothing and make excuses.  Success is hard because you can work hard and still not achieve your goal.  However, most people who know their target and how to hit it end up in the right place.  It's never easy to find the job you want, but with a little faith and a lot of work, most people get to the right place.  Don't stop believing in yourself.  Keep working!