“If You Are Not Where You Want to Be, Do Not Quit, Instead Reinvent Yourself.” Eric Thomas
Orla’s Story: How She Applied to Work for an Organisation She Aspired to be Part of when She Didn’t Meet the Specified Criteria of the Position Advertised
Orla was at the early stages of her WorkLife. She aspired to work for ABC Consultancy, because she considered it to be a great company. She believed she could learn so much at ABC because they had so much experience, and being part of the company would support her in working towards achieving the best she could be.
So she was really excited when she saw a position on their website she considered she could apply for. But her heart sank as she worked through the application when she was having to answer no to the questions being asked to determine candidates that would be a good fit for the role.
Although disheartened, she wasn’t deterred. To stand a chance she knew she needed to show them that she could do this; but she also knew she couldn’t write the cover letter that was expected, where candidates outlined their qualifications, experience and skills to date that would allow them to highlight why they’re a good fit for the role.
So instead she wrote a letter that began from a place of honesty. She acknowledged her short- comings, while also projecting confidence in herself, and her ability to serve the team and the company in serving their clients.
This is what Orla wrote:
Dear XXX, I’m probably not the candidate you have in mind for the Communications Development Lead position. I don’t have the required experience as a project manager, nor do I hold a certificate in Lean Coaching. But what I do have are skills and attributes that cannot be taught, along with the potential that comes from a deep-rooted ability to inspire others to live their WorkLives without compromise. My values align with your company’s passion in helping people and businesses grow in a way that has a positive impact on the world.
I’m a hard worker, grounded and I get things done. I have the ability to bring out the strengths of each individual within the team. I take on the responsibilities needed for the team to excel. I know I would provide the excellence required to support the success of this position.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I welcome the opportunity to discuss my application further.
Orla got the job and is absolutely loving her time at the company. True to her word she is helping her team, clients and company thrive by achieving their best, while at the same time doing the same for herself.
Develop Your WorkLife Story Chapters
It’s never too late to invent or reinvent the reality you want for yourself in your WorkLife. It begins with the humility of having the self-awareness to know what you’re good at, and what you’re not good at. This will help you tell your story both in your written and spoken word, in letters and in conversations when approaching people or companies.
Orla’s story is one of the stories featured in my book: How To Overcome Self-Doubt Through Self-Appreciation, from The School Of WorkLife Book Series.
The stories I write are based on real WorkLife challenges, obstacles and successes. In some stories I share my own experiences, and with permission stories of people I’ve worked with, whose names have been changed to protect their anonymity. Other persons and companies portrayed in the stories are not based on real people or entities.