To get his dream job, he just showed up! (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

Last Friday night, I was invited to attend a small networking event/dinner hosted by one of my favorite authors, Sam Horn.  Every few months, Sam hosts a dinner party with leaders and successful people in the DC area.

At the event, I was seated next to a design editor from National Geographic.  He mentioned to me that it had been his dream to work at Nat Geo, so I was naturally very interested in hearing his story on how he got hired.

He told me that he had applied online for a job with Nat Geo toward the end of his senior year when he was a student at the University of Michigan.  However, as many students can relate to, he did not hear back from them at all after applying. 

So, what did he do?

2 months after getting no response, he packed up his portfolio and a suit and literally drove from Michigan to Washington, D.C., showed up at the offices for National Geographic and said he was there to interview for the position he had applied for 2 months earlier!  Now, that takes courage, confidence and determination!  (Note: these are 3 characteristics that impress EVERY employer.)

The woman in charge of hiring for the position was unable to meet him that day, so he spent the night in DC, came back the next day for an interview, and he ultimately got the job!

If you want a job badly enough, what are you willing to do to differentiate yourself from the competition?  Maybe you just need to show up!

Thanks for reading!

-Pete Leibman


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