You’d Be Mad

I’ve got bad news. You’re going to be mad. At least, you should be mad. Who you get mad at is still to be determined. Ready for my news? Someone with fewer qualifications and lower professional standards than you landed a job for more money than you’ve been brave enough to ask for today.  How do I know? Because it happens every day.

Though top notch skills and impeccable professionalism are great, they rarely land people jobs by themselves. Opportunity knocks for those able to make meaningful connections, generate buzz around themselves and summon the courage to risk hearing no in order to have a chance at the ultimate yes. Those three traits may have little to do with how the person will perform in a job, but they have everything to do with getting an interview and offer.

When we take a moment, most of us can think of individuals who got a shot at a profession/position they weren’t necessarily qualified for. Michael Jordan played baseball. Do you think there were better players he beat out? I hope so. Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California. Paris Hilton was paid to sing. The list goes on. These are well known names, but I assure you the same thing happens on a smaller scale in offices around America.

Some will say it isn’t fair others beat them out because of name recognition or connections. Tough. It’s how the world spins at times. You can be mad at human nature or you can be mad at yourself for not doing what you can to make it work in your favor.




  • Scot Richards says:

    When the scenario plays out as you described, I do two things:
    1. Attempt to contact the interviewer to see what or how I might have presented better.
    2. Turn to this You Tube <<>> Actually I prefer the 5:30 second version as to the 1:45 in the link.

    Either way, anger is so very unproductive and down right destructive to one’s sense of worth.


  • Lisa says:

    Thanks for the link, Scot. Anger is indeed unproductive and chips away at one’s sense of worth. It’s crucial for job seekers to get a firm handle on any anger that might be compromising their search. That said, being angry and getting mad at yourself from time to time is different in my book. Sometimes we need to get mad at ourselves to act. I was mad when I discovered I’d allowed myself to work well below my actual street value for years. I was young and dumb. I didn’t rail at my employer, I set off to do better on my own and promised myself it wouldn’t happen again. So often people focus on how others are standing in their way or on how much easier ‘they’ have it and never take the necessary time to challenge themselves to do better. Job seekers frequently tell me how they are missing out on jobs because employers want the perfect person. In all of my years of recruiting, I have rarely seen companies hire “perfect.” Just as anger is destructive to one’s sense of worth, so is the belief there is a hidden pocket of “perfect” people beating you out every step of the way. I think if people knew the reality of who they were losing out to more often they’d be shocked and, yes, mad. If channeled appropriately, getting mad might be the best thing that could happen to their search.

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