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I Applied for My Dream Job, and Didn't Get It

I Applied for My Dream Job, and Didn't Get It

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Sometimes you can find something that you think is perfect for you, that you work your butt off to get, and it still doesn't happen. It's tough. It sucks. But that's life. If I have any way of contacting you at all, you've probably heard about how I found my dream job and applied to it (video here). I texted, I emailed, I called, I tweeted, I instagrammed, I facebooked (even had a FB page about it!) and you have all been AMAZING! Today they announced the Top 50 candidates, and I wasn't one of them.

Bummed and disappointed but also thankful--that's how I'd describe how I feel right now. Before you start with the "sorries", don't. You have nothing to be sorry about (though I appreciate the concern). You don't always get what you want, no matter how hard you work. But there are still prizes along the way.

1) The outpour of support has rocked my world. You guys are truly the best. Whether you shared the post or voted everyday or offered me a few words of encouragement, you guys are incredible! I'm speechless. This wasn't just about me anymore, it was about you guys--and what makes me sadder than not advancing is thinking that I let you down.

2)  I'll share some good news. I heard from Jauntaroo last Sunday that I had made the top 100! 100 people out of 3000 and they picked me?!?! Excited. Honored. Humbled. (P.S. I was sworn to secrecy--hence why you didn't hear.) They asked the top 100 candidates to create a video touring the city that they live in--in one week. (The first video I made took a week to edit! Psst, they took it down, but here's my first video.) It was tough, it was stressful, but I'm proud of my effort. I literally sat in one place for twelve hours--I didn't eat, I didn't drink, I didn't go to the bathroom, I just worked on my video to meet the deadline. Without further ado, here's the premiere of said video (ignoring the part where I'm asking you to vote or calling myself the CWE ;-)) Hopefully it will make some of you want to come visit me in Portland! (Did you see the competition? Some of these folks make videos for a living!)

http://youtu.be/sWH_9RP9Xxw

3) It's reignited my passion and desire to travel. Even though I was exhausted during the entire process, I was really excited and energized, because that's how passionate I am about travel and story-telling. I'm heading to Vegas in a few weeks to speak at the LinkedIn Talent Connect conference. Straight from the conference, I'm heading to Peru to climb Machu Picchu. I've talked to my managers at work about possibly doing assignments overseas. I got a new manager and team--and the majority of them are in Costa Rica (ahem, face to face?)! I have had people approach me about other opportunities. As cliche as it is, when one door closes, another (bunch) open? I'm really feeling that right now.

Let's recap: I found my dream job posting. I ignored it, letting my self doubt get the best of me. We crossed paths again--and this time, with the support and encouragement of friends and family, I took a huge public leap of faith and applied. I taught myself a new skill (YouTube is AMAZING for helping with that! And Final Cut Pro X, I'll have to put you on my wishlist after the trial ends in a week!), created a video and applied. In 17 days we got over 5800 votes--how's that for putting my social media skills to work? ;-) I got shortlisted to the top 100! I made another video in UNDER A WEEK! And I've been showered with nothing but love, encouragement and positivity along the way. I may not be the Chief World Explorer winner, but I still think I've won something.

What's that quote, "Good things fall apart so better things can happen"? There must be better things coming my way--until then, I'm just going to think about all the great things that have happened so far. (And maybe let myself indulge in some treats to soften the blow.) Love you guys!

Brighter days are ahead

P.S. I think this might be hard on my mom, she's the one who's been calling me everyday with updates on how I'm doing. Sorry mom :-(

P.P.S. I still think Jauntaroo is a pretty cool site and you guys should check it out. Share your travel lists with me and maybe we can plan an adventure together!

Memorializing Ashley in Machu Picchu

Memorializing Ashley in Machu Picchu

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