Career Calling

November 13, 2013

Sometimes “No” Turns to “Yes.”

One of my clients is an at-home parent, we’ll call her Betty.  She was returning to work after spending 8 years raising a child and working part-time.  Betty obtained work with several companies, but nothing fit.  She worked part-time in a project management position and liked the company.  But her supervisor told her over a year ago that she would probably never be hired by the company.  Betty never finished her undergraduate degree, which most jobs at this company require.

Then no turned to yes.  Betty emailed me today to say that the company she thought would never hire her full time has made an offer, a very nice offer.  What changed?  Betty kept doing her job well.  Upper level managers saw her skill and dedication, and they rewarded her by making an exception.  She will be the only manager in her department without a college degree.

There is no one way to find a job.  Companies with rigid policies sometimes change those policies or make exceptions.  What happened to Betty is very much the exception, not the rule.  But it’s important to be ready to take advantage of such opportunities.  I wish Betty nothing but success, and I cheer her company for having the strength to make an exception for an exceptional person.


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