10 August 2017
You missed your lucky break
Someone at work today accidentally posted the above job in our careers section of the website. I work for a fast-growing startup that's hiring at a rapid rate and it was hiding out amongst all the real openings we have from Node.js Backend Engineer to Client Success Manager. I don’t know how long the ad was live, but what I do know is that it had fifty views. And zero applications.
You don’t really apply for good jobs in London these days; rather you compete with the hundreds of other applicants that are all vying for a foot in the door. Busy hiring managers spend an average of six seconds looking at your CV before making a decision (really), so it might feel like you need more of a lucky break than anything.
Which is why I can’t help but think that fifty people just watched their lucky break sail straight past them.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” - Seneca
I’d probably change that Seneca quote to say: “luck is what happens when preparation and creativity meets opportunity”. Fifty people had the opportunity but clearly weren’t prepared or creative enough. You have to think: what hiring manager wouldn’t read a well-crafted, mildly tongue-in-cheek application to that advert? They could have used it to apply for one of the real jobs.
It’s easy for me to say all this with hindsight, of course. I wonder how many opportunities I’ve missed that were staring me in the face. Lots I imagine.