The phone rang. Caller ID revealed it as “unknown number”. I was feeling gutsy, and a little bored, so I went ahead and decided to answer the phone. I normally do not answer any unknown numbers – well, and quite a few I do know.
The lady on the other line asked for me.
I said, “speaking!” with gusto, just a bit too enthusiastically, and I was right to be so excited – I just didn’t know it yet.
I thought for certain it would be some telemarketer that I would have a little fun with, an old pastime of my roommate and mine. As a side note, she was the best at dealing with unwanted callers. When we were sophomores in college, I heard her, early in the morning, screaming at someone on the phone, demanding to get their home phone number so that she could call them back at a time more appropriate for her. Best morning ever!
But this was years later, we had graduated… and luckily I wasn’t as good as her, because what this lady offered me was fantastic, and I could have screwed it all up.
A school project, back in the earlier days of the web, had me put my resume online. I had little experience, really.
Sure, I had managed a Pizza joint at 16. Sure, I had worked in an office once graduating high school early for about 8 months prior to departing for college. But through college I had worked in a day care and as a receptionist at a car dealership – that was it. After college, I continued to work at the dealership for awhile, until they screwed me over twice, in the office.
I was now temping.
After a very expensive college education (double the actual amount if you ask my father), my original job offers out of college were to write letters. To sit at a desk all day. To do menial tasks… all for a whopping 20% of what my college had cost a year, usually without benefits. I was pretty sure I could do better.
This lady, the recruiter, on the other end of the phone was offering me more than that, plus a company car, travel, insurance, a cell phone… the list just went on and on… It was almost too good to be true!
And I was the perfect candidate with the perfect resume for what they were looking for. (Okay, so recruiters are really salespeople – I know that now.)
I was super excited. I still am, even though that was well over a decade ago. It was a unique job opportunity, a unique position that offered me so many opportunities.
I couldn’t of had a better first real job.
It took me on a career path that I have grown into, in the same, unique industry. It has offered me many opportunities for growth and challenges.
I guess it’s a good idea to answer unknown callers every once in a while!