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I asked for a chance — and I got it!

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on


In Ilise’s Quick Tip (Who are you to decide?), she talked about how she proposed an article to HOW Magazine even though she’d never written one before. It made me think of the interview for my first real job.

I was just out of college with a degree in Mass Communications, a Minor in English and no relevant experience (except an internship at a record label which I’m pretty sure doesn’t count).

I interviewed for a Marketing Coordinator job at a transportation company. The job listing had asked for 2-5 years’ experience, but I applied anyway.

The woman who interviewed me, Lisa, was very candid; she was concerned about my lack of experience. I realized that spoofing about experience was pointless, so I looked in her eyes, opened my mouth, and said:

“I just need a chance.”

Now, 15 years later, Lisa still laughs about how she’d interviewed 5 more-qualified people for that job—but when I said, “I just need a chance”—she couldn’t resist giving me one.

People like to help. Sometimes they are willing to take a risk. But like Ilise said:

If you let discouraging voices stop you, you are removing the possibility for someone else to help you, to like your idea and to give you a chance. You are single-handedly shutting them down – and yourself.

I put the truth out there, and gave Lisa the opportunity to decide. I ended up with a career in marketing and tons of experience that guided where I am today. If I hadn’t spoken my truth, and she hadn’t said yes, I could be somewhere completely different.

Hi, I’m Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a web copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

*Rolling dice photo, courtesy, Shutterstock. 

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