Shortly after I finished college, I got one of the biggest shocks of my life. I was young and ambitious with high expectations – wanted to secure a job right away – and what happened? First, I applied for a job in sales in a multi-national company, Carnation Philippines, but I failed. I kept on trying. Again, I was down in my second attempt at Procter & Gamble. On the third, I hit the mark ‘bulls eye’. The door of opportunity was opened to me by Rorer Philippines, an American Pharmaceuticticals company, the makers of the world’s leading antacid brand – Maalox.
My job search journey might have been different if I hadn’t gone to the hiring managers and asked them why I wasn’t qualified.
In fact, I wouldn’t have the rare privilege of writing this experience if I hadn’t asked them both that question.
Both of them said they didn’t hire me because I lacked enthusiasm, a very important quality one must have in sales career.
Well, that was the last thing I expected a hiring manager to say because I took actions to improve my weakness to prepare for the next round of engagement. And I did it better. 🏛️
Here's what I learned from my story. Action is needed to succeed.
💡One needs hardship. The more hardships and setbacks we experience, the more supportive conditions we will have.
💡One needs sacrifice and be dedicated. The more committed and willing to learn, the greater our potential in breaking our limits.
💡When frustrated take action to work harder.
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