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Friday, March 9, 2012

My Leap of Faith

A year ago I decided to take a leap of faith and do something about my life. I wanted a change. I was ready to move forward with my career. Unfortunately, there weren't many PR positions available with the state of the economy.

I started applying to jobs within the company where I was working and elsewhere. I struggled just to get my application in to most places. It seemed impossible to get my foot in the door anywhere.

I decided to apply to an agency in town. After waiting a week for a response, I decided to take my portfolio to the office and handed it to an employee, a friend recommended I speak with. I could only hope that someone would take a chance and look at it.

 I returned home that evening and prayed about it. The next day I received a rejection letter. Feeling slightly defeated I decided to pick up my portfolio.

It was my day off and I considered dressing in jeans and a t-shirt. Luckily, I was smart enough to wear a suit. I walked into the office and was told that the COO, wanted to speak with me. We sat down in one of the conference rooms and he interviewed me. He explained that a position was not available for someone with my skill level. I told him that I understood and any advice he could give me or assistance would be appreciated. He ended up inviting me back the next week to meet with the CEO. A second interview.

I was so nervous about the second interview. After sitting with the COO in that conference room I knew it was where I was meant to be. I felt like I belonged.

Before my second interview I received an email from the CEO asking me to disregard the rejection letter.

The CEO and COO sat down with me the next week. I heard the same story again that a position was not available for someone with my skill level. By the end of the interview they said they would consider some options and get back with me in a week.

A week later I was offered a job. I am so grateful for this position and this Agency.

The one thing I hope you take away from this story is to not give up and don't expect life to just happen. You have to step out and actually DO something. If you don't like what you are doing or where you are in life take a leap of faith. Pray about it, but don't wait around hoping those prayers will be answered. God will be there for you, but YOU have to take the first step.
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