Landing a Dream Job a Mix of Serendipity and Readiness

Suzanne Pescod | March 11, 2016

It’s been eight months since I began this job, and I still cannot believe that it’s real. Every day I feel excited to get to work. When I go home at night, exhausted but happy, I am grateful for the opportunity I have been granted.

It all started with a small post on Jobline. I wasn’t currently looking for work, but always like to stay abreast of what’s out there. I remember seeing it and thinking “That would be an incredible role.” But, I had a job. And no one likes looking for work, going through interviews, the possible rejection. Why rock the boat and put myself through that? I wasn’t even sure I would qualify as a candidate!

But the job stuck with me. I returned to that Jobline posting every day for a week before deciding that I had nothing to lose by at least putting my name forward. Especially since I couldn’t stop reading, and rereading, that email.

So I bit the bullet, dusted off my resume and applied. Because an exciting, challenging opportunity was worth a bit of risk and effort.

Several interviews later, I was rewarded with the offer of a lifetime. I was offered the opportunity to become the Director of Communications with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta. A job that I almost didn’t apply for. Every time I think about how I got here, I think of that serendipitous moment when I opened Jobline. And how it just stuck with me.

When I shared my story with the HR Director at the Ronald McDonald House, she mentioned that they found Jobline to be incredibly helpful when trying to find candidates, and that my resume had been pushed to the top when they recognized where I had learned about the posting.

So even if you’re not looking for work, read those postings. Keep your eyes and ears open and stay abreast of what’s happening in the market. Because you never know when that job of a lifetime might present itself.

Thank you to IABC Edmonton for providing this resource as a benefit of membership. It has made a huge impact in my life.

Suzanne Pescod is the Director of Communications for the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton. Her previous experience involves working in government and public relations for the construction industry and communications and marketing for the sports industry. She is an alumni of the Public Relations program at Grant MacEwan. Currently Suzanne serves on the IABC Board as Director of Special Events, which includes Edmonton’s upcoming Capital Awards. You can find her on Twitter @suzqpd

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