Job Opportunities: Confronting Opportunity Through Life

Last Sunday, my son overslept and could not go to church with the rest of the family. Accordingly, he went to a later service by himself. When I dropped him off at the church, I said to him, “Remember that you may sit down next to a girl who you may someday marry or a person who may someday give you a job.” I don’t think he really found my advice to be all that useful, but it remains a common theme as I try to guide him into adulthood.

Everyone we meet can influence our lives in ways that we have never imagined and in ways that we do not expect. It is important to keep this in mind as we go through our daily routines. You do not know who you are going to encounter s


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5 Responses to Job Opportunities: Confronting Opportunity Through Life

  1. Ann says:

    I can add another one to your list.

    Never complain about a client or their product unless you’re absolutely positive that you know everyone in hearing distance! In advertising there was a story making the rounds about a couple of people going down in the elevator and complaining about or negatively commenting on a client and their product. Unbeknownst to them, one of the people in the elevator was a new marketing director for that client, who took offense. The firm lost the client.

    Personally, I don’t suffer stupidity very well, no matter the standing of the person. Had a boss give me a piece of good advice related to that — if you can’t respect the person, at least respect their position. Kinda fond of that one! :-)

  2. Karen says:

    I like what you had to say. It is so hard to remember, especially when you are busy or feeling bad. But this gives me incentive to keep trying to treat people right even when they don’t treat you the same way.

  3. Luke says:

    Working in retail, I run into all sorts of people in all sorts of moods. I remember one time in particular, when I was working two jobs…at my day job, where I’m in a managment postion, I had an out of town customer lay me up and down about something that wasn’t my fault, the stores fault, or their fault really. Long trip maybe, but he was just the most obnoxious type of rude. Whatever I said, I’ll go about my day. That evening I was working an information center/gift store in the next town over and low and behold here comes this fellow and his family. I think he recognized me straight off but didn’t say anything. His wife asked a lot of questions, looked at a lot of stuff, and they ended up buying several nice pieces of collectors native american art from us. As they packed up and left, I found a left over book from the artist who’s painting they’d bought, that the artist had signed and left for anyone who bought one of his paintings. As I ran out the door to catch them, I found the man frantically turning the key on his dead battery. I gave him his book, pulled my truck over and jump started him. He very humbly apologized for his earlier behavior and I acted as if I didn’t even recall it, as to show him I wasn’t bothered. It ended up being a very pleasant encounter.

  4. Dawn says:

    Great advice. As I’m going through my day I also try to remember that the way people are acting may have nothing to do with me. You never know what has happened to someone just before speaking with you, so if they are short or rude, they may be reacting to news they just received. Sometimes people just need a second chance.

  5. Rob says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more, David — especially the part about building positive relationships and getting jobs. At a previous job I worked closely with a project manager for several years until he left the company. Two years later I was interviewing for another job. The interviewer glanced at my resume, noticed the company I was currently working for, and asked if I knew so-and-so. Sure enough, the interviewer was referring to my former colleague, who just happened to be one of his neighbors. Of course, without my knowledge I had already been “pre-screened” for this interview as a result of a good relationship. I got the job and have been there for nearly three years. Be nice to everyone; you never know when your future is paying you a visit.

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