Grabbing Opportunities Instead of Running Away

Author: Julia Anna Moore


It’s always been really confusing to me as to why we as humans struggle to see the long-term. Being in an industry that rapidly grows and has actual opportunity to become something great can feel intimidating at times to certain people. Those people are looking for the safety net, something stable, a job that will still be relevant in (hopefully) ten years.

The people who see light in a crisis, the light at the end of the tunnel, grab life by the reigns and make the best of the seemingly impossible situations. When they look back, confidence rises and they realize that they can take on even more and still be successful. Those are the people who thrive in even the hardest of conditions and are able come out on top.

Those are the kinds of people that make startups and tiny companies blow up and create the next hot career. Don’t undermine the power of growing out of nothing. Why join already great companies when you could help create one?

That’s why I tell people who are starting or restarting their careers; don’t underestimate how far you can go if you are just willing to take a chance on something. Oftentimes people think that they are “too good,” for a startup position because it makes less money initially, they want the instant gratification of giving their time to this job. Time is money these days, makes sense. But also, are you giving your time up to just be another part of the system? Or are you working somewhere where your time actually means something, and giving your time has a reward greater than money or pride? You can give the same amount of time to two different careers, and one will have a vastly different outcome than the other. One will leave you happier, more fulfilled, and with more knowledge.

While the big guys in the skyscrapers are talking to us startups in little baby voices, pinching our cheeks, we’re going to keep growing an empire of our own. The people who are willing to do something different and step away from the illusion of “stability,” will be on top. Not only because of money, but also because of their strong relationships with all levels of colleagues, the importance of balance, and fulfillment in their work.

I think there are three types of people in the job market...

Those who don’t really want to work, and you can tell because they’re honest about it through their actions. Those who say that they want to work, but actually they want a safe job where they can do their robotic actions, go home, and in the end, not actually work hard. These people are the hardest to read, because they are great individuals, but they get scared of anything that isn’t a 9-5 behind a desk. Then you have those who actually want to learn, grow, and hustle, who are willing to take a risk and will jump at opportunity.

These attitudes are taught by our parents, the school system, and other influences. Go to college! Get a good degree! Get a great job! The pandemic has proven that no industry is immune to economic changes, and jobs aren’t as readily available as we want them to be. I just had a friend who graduated with a degree in engineering. After four months of searching, he only got a response from one employer for fifteen bucks an hour. He could be making more than that just by working as an Amazon warehouse worker. Just think about that one more time. Isn’t that insanity? This man worked super hard at school to get a degree in engineering, and he can’t even get a job in his field that will pay him enough to live.

We get so many of the same stories from people who answer the phone to one of our recruiters. Yet, I can’t seem to wrap my head around why the same people who land their first interview in months don’t even try to show up. The interviews are virtual, they don’t have to leave their home, and they still don’t show? It’s actually very bizarre, and I need answers.

In the meantime, we will be eating up the great people who decide to show up and follow through with the interview process. Those are the people who make it to the first day of the job, and have the potential to be wildly successful. As for my advice to people searching for the next jump in their career, stay open-minded, positive, and remember that the first step to being successful is starting.