Essay on My Real Story On Changing My Job Luck
First the Context
Recently, I was streaming through updates on LinkedIn. I came across photograph- interviewers seated across candidates. The interviewers were facing the camera and only the back shot of the candidate was visible. The caption read, “We are looking for a 22 to 24 year old.” That did not sound right, intrigued, I scrolled below. The line at the bottom made me chuckle, “with 30 years of experience.” Exaggerated for effect, and a point well made. The jobs we aspire and the experience we have may not mesh out. That triggered my memory on my own job story.
A Geek heading Sales for Texas: An underdog to increased odds!
The year was 2011. I wanted to gain exposure on sales and marketing. I had one big challenge — I had zilch sales experience. The best way to summarize my resume [until then]— pure analytical play. A stereotypical geek looking for an adventure in sales and marketing.
I saw a job opening for head of sales for Texas region. I had networked with the national head of sales before then (my pre-networking experience here). I reached out to him. He promised only one thing — a seat at the table for an interview. After that, he made it clear that it all depended on how I fared with the veteran sales interview panelist.