First published on LinkedIn.
Today we have a definite dilemma in the job market: Almost every job seeker is sulking about the lack of good jobs, and almost every employer has given up looking for candidates. As a result, most of us have given up, waved our hand and said, “Dash it! It doesn’t work”.
Except that it does. Because it worked for me, and in this post, I want to tell you (very quickly) how I did it.
In my previous job, I had a mixed role, working as a content writer AND a software developer. But I wanted to move on to a pure development role. So I wrote an interesting (and honest) cover letter, and mailed it to 3-4 good companies I thought were good a fit for me.
Two of them called me for interview instantly, and one of them ended up hiring me (Muhahahahahahahahaha, mission accomplished!).
Here’s what I wrote:
“A guy who’s in his 30th year, with a weird career twist (an engineer who jumped into copywriting/editing), now wants to make it to software development . . . what the heck is he thinking?!”
I know it looks weird, and if you’re thinking on these lines, I can understand.
But allow me a moment to convince you.
My career has been like a startup – focused on maximizing satisfaction from day one. So when a job with a large corporation failed to impress me, I went on an adventure. And much like a startup, I pivoted whenever needed, without regard to bank balance and social conventions (and that’s why I didn’t marry, until recently).
I’ve been to organizations large and small, and even had a decent stint with freelancing. By now I’ve dabbled in copywriting, editing, script writing, report writing, digital marketing, branding, software, and what have you. In other words, I’ve taken my own sweet time to understand myself, guided by my inner compass at all times.
My search is now over, and the domain of computer programming is shining brighter than ever in front of my eyes. In fact, it’s so clear to me that I recently got married and am now hyper-focused on software.
I know I’m not a genius, and I don’t intend to be, but I sure want to be among the most respected software engineers around.
And I’d like to start my journey with you.
And so, the content writer was hired as a developer (of course he had talent!), which would’ve been impossible had I gone the traditional way. What I’m emphasizing is that if we all stay honest, enthusiastic and a little creative, the job market problems will vanish and the world will be a happy place!
I admit this was a very simple affair. What I’d love to hear stories of you or your friends. How did you use an honest trick to find/weasel/muscle your way into a better job?