Let me tell you a weird little story, with a happy ending.
I don’t know about you guys out there on the internet, but I’ve never been a huge proponent of Linkedin, which seems to be the bland workplace version of facebook. Post your resume/CV on it, “link” up with other people you know, and …..oh wait, that’s it. That’s all. It’s a repository for resumes, but not job ads, which seems to separate a bit from places like Monster, et al.
So. LinkedIn is somewhat a strange place, but with the internet being what it is, it was only inevitable that something like it would come about of those infinite websites in the universe. When I found out about it back upon its release, my response was a resounding “meh”.
But today I’m talking about this because I have a new job, and I came into that job in the absolute last way that I would have planned. Or even attempted. And from my very, not so coy introductory paragraph up there, maybe you can guess how.
Months ago, maybe a year or two ago, even? I put my resume up on Linkedin. It seemed like a thing to do, since I was vaguely employed, but not really in a great place, and certainly most definitely under-employed, and hey-it’s free and I’d never have to look at it again. Anyway, I promptly forgot about it. But two weeks ago! Two weeks ago, I received an email forwarded on from a message on Linkedin from a guy. And I thought that the message was either fake or a front for sex trafficking or something equally unsavory, or even just a new kind of spam (I got a new kind of spam in my Google calendar the other day and holy hell what is that?? People are the worst). So being my usual cynical self, I wrote back warily, asking if there was something specific that this person wanted to speak about, and why. And that’s when it started to move down the path of being real, because he said he wanted to talk to me about joining the company and having a meeting to talk about it, and that the office is actually a few little towns over. At which point I took a few minutes to go ahead and google the company and, hey, it was a) a real thing, and b) right up my alley of interests.
So then I was a little excited, but I didn’t want to get too excited because I’d just been rejected for that great job I applied for the week before.
But then he asked me to come in and meet the team and have a coffee the next day, and I did, and that evening I opened my email to find a job offer, contract and all! So I put in my notice at my school, and here we are. Next Monday I start this (hopefully) great new job, and I am just really grateful and still a little flabbergasted that this fantastic opportunity has come about because I was head-hunted on a social media website. The world is a crazy place.
The moral of this story is, basically, go ahead and follow through and put your resume on Linkedin, because you have no idea who’s on there and there’s nothing to lose! And apparently some old school venture capitalists really enjoy doing things the old-fashioned way. What could it hurt?
Oh and also, wish me luck? Please.