It’s always good to sit and fantasize about your dream job. Or to wallow in self-pity – about how the world is unfair, how the economy is not working out, how there was no one to help or guide you when needed, et cetra.
I recently came across a bright young lad who was facing job blues. NIT grad, IIM grad, jobless. He probably had faced such a defeat for the first time in his life, and was not handling it well. He was at his home in a smaller city in India.
“Why don’t you move to a metro city, where you can have much better prospects?”, I asked.
He had no answer.
Like you and me and everyone else, he had his ideas (which he mistook for the truth) about the job scene, about what recruiters wanted, about how he was positioned. I told in rather harsh tone (I felt he needed a jolt), that he needs to discard his imagination, and go out there and test his ideas on the field.
“I can not just walk into companies and talk to potential employers”, he said.
I said you can. What’s wrong? And what’s the worst that could happen? Hell, they may take you just for your persistence.
In 2004, as a placement representative for my Engineering College, I once waited five hours to meet an HR manager in Bangalore. I spent some time reading, some time chatting up with some new joiners. But I waited to talk to him. And just before he was leaving, he told me he admired what I was doing, and agreed to come to my college for placements.
The potential employer is as tired, rushed, and human as everyone else. Why not make his job easy? If it does not work out, even then someone would either give good advice and at least you will learn something.
But the first step is to get out of the comfort zone.