Last year, Chris Ingate applied for an enterprise account executive post at Overhaul, an Austin, Texas-based real-time visibility and risk-management tech provider for supply chains. A friend had made the referral, and the initial interview with Overhaul’s HR specialist went well.
A week later, Ingate received a “no, thanks” email from the HR person. End of story? Hardly. Ingate found contact information for and reached out to the vice president of sales at Overhaul, pleaded his case and secured a discovery call with her. This time, Ingate progressed along the hiring process. Three months after that unsuccessful phone screen, he landed the job at Overhaul. The move, bundled with an improved title and better compensation, marked a career boost for Ingate.
How to grab that next career opportunity
“Chance favors the prepared.” When it comes to spotting and securing career opportunities, “prepared” covers a lot of territory. It means having an updated resume, not one that’s been moldering in a folder. It means stepping outside your comfort zone and banishing self-imposed limits. To be prepared for career opportunities, talk to your networks, do some sleuthing; before interviews, prepare by researching the company, the role and even your interviewers. A great opportunity might come along tomorrow; it might present itself next year. If you’re prepared for it, you’ll ace it.
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