As I've been shifting gears and re-focusing, I came across an opportunity that I quickly became very excited about. I will even go as far as to describe it as a dream job.
It was with a company called Ramblin Jackson. They're a marketing company based in Boulder, CO that provides great marketing materials and guidance to smaller businesses by improving their website, SEO, etc. The position was for an executive assistant, and the work was something I’d very much enjoy.
Hearing about the kind of person they were looking to hire, I felt as though they were describing myself. Even down to the little details such as "someone who enjoys reading" - I was very excited.
I applied immediately, researched the company, read the CEO's book, listened to their podcast, and spent the majority of that day brainstorming ideas for their business. I was confident I had a good chance.
The next day, they emailed me saying that I seemed like a good fit and they asked me to complete a skill assessment within 48 hours. Naturally, I began right away.
I completed the skill assessment in about 3 hours.
The next day, I received an email from them after they reviewed my assessment.
Sadly, I did not get the job.
I was stunned and frustrated with myself for letting such an opportunity slip by.
What to do next?
I replied to them, asking what I could have done differently and I asked for feedback. I didn't get a reply for several days. (So I thought.)
Fast forward to today (just minutes before writing this post, actually). I decided to guess the CEO's email address and get feedback from him directly. Even though they had moved on, it was driving me crazy not knowing what I did wrong.
However, as I searched in my inbox for the name of the person I spoke to, I saw that he had emailed me... 5 days ago. I panicked! How did I miss that? I even practice the Inbox Zero rule. (Perhaps I accidentally archived it.)
He said that he was impressed with my website, YouTube channel, and myself overall, but that there were errors on my website, LinkedIn, and in the skill assessment. Attention to detail is very important, of course, and I had mistakes in my work.
It’s completely understandable now!
I replied to him as quickly as possible. Then, I went back to find and fix those errors.
Missing out on that opportunity was a very huge mistake of mine. But, this process has provided me with an extremely valuable lesson. I will never forget this.
It reminds me of one of the stories I heard during Praxis that has stuck with me ever since: TK's story about "carrying the tray". Worth checking out if you're interested.
Moral of the story: this attention-to-detail thing (which I've slowly been improving on) is my tray. I realize that now more than ever.
I am so upset with myself. I can not believe that I allowed something like this to happen. From now on, I am making it a personal decision of mine that in every situation, I will pay attention to every detail. I will never allow anything like this to happen again.
Details carry weight.