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By Ronel Lehmann, Founder and CEO, Finito
How do you secure that all-important first job? Indeed, how do you secure that even-more-important first job interview? Just like every single step of climbing the career ladder, getting noticed is the key to success, and the way to get a foot in the door is to have the courage to stand out from the crowd.
So with that in mind, how’s this for an idea? Some years ago, when I was running a marketing communications agency in the middle of the City of London, an assistant interrupted my morning meeting to tell me that there was a young man in reception asking for a job. I popped out to see him, and rather indignantly asked him whether he might have considered writing to me, or telephoning, to arrange an appointment before simply turning up.
He replied that he was only in London for the day, and was visiting my office on the off-chance of getting an opportunity to speak with me. When I asked where he had travelled from, he told me he was from Scotland, and was heading home on the evening train.
By this point I was, of course, rather intrigued by his tenacious approach, and I asked him to come back from a cup of tea late afternoon. He did so, and it turned out he was an extremely capable person, and just as bright as he was gutsy. I hired him during the interview that day, even though we weren’t actually recruiting, and it turned out to be one of the best recruitment decisions I ever made. He went on to work for me for a few years, and used his experience of financial public relations to great effect. He is now working for institutional investors on the provision of investment research, and is apparently selling equities to clients across the globe.
That man knew about taking a risk, he knew about sticking his head above the parapet, and he knew how to sell himself. Those are not skills that we all possess, and certainly when we emerge from school, college or university, in search of our first break in the daunting world of work, we can feel more like rabbits in headlights rather than brave, entrepreneurial jobseekers.
Please don’t get the impression that turning up speculatively, interrupting a business owner’s morning coffee meeting, and wandering the streets of EC4 without first making appointments is necessarily the way to go. Not everyone will favour such an approach. But what always works is courage, ambition and originality, along with the ability to tell your story in a compelling and engaging manner. If you didn’t leave education with those capabilities, then Finito courses can help you hone the skills you need to define your career objectives, build your self-awareness, and draft your own job-hunt action plan.
How you do it is up to you, but never be afraid to make a brilliant first impression.