How a Screwed Up Interview May Turn into Gold

I just wanted to share something that’s going on in my own life.

I recently wrote a post about a job I applied for: How I Stupidly Screwed Up Getting a Job Interview. In it, I explained how a simple typo…ok…two typos…in an e-mail exchange with a recruiter may have cost me a new job.

Well…looks like the universe has a wonderful sense of humor and bounty.

The job in question had some good points for sure, but I would have had a longer commute and a more restrictive work environment than I’ve come to enjoy. And anyway, clearly it wasn’t meant to be.

Instead, I continued with the free-lance work I accepted at a university helping prepare for a system go-live. The work I’m doing now is not quite at the level I’ve been used to doing, but I’m a big believer that all work needs to be done with your full heart and best efforts. And so that’s what I’ve been doing, trying my best under a tight deadline to support the hard-working people around me.

Amid all this, I’ve been thinking about what I might want to do next. After years of consulting, maybe it’s time for a job-job again, I was thinking to myself. And so I actually spoke out loud (ok to try this yourself at home 🙂 ) and asked for a job I could enjoy.

Now, I’m not saying the two events are connected, but that day (2 days ago), someone I had worked with at the university a few years back saw me and asked if I’d consider working for him, taking on a major project for the university’s IT area.  I’d been thinking of working outside of information technology for my next work incarnation, and so my first thought was “that’s not for me”, but then I stopped, looked at him and said “OK Let’s talk.” I mean, what the heck? Worth at least exploring.

So yesterday I stopped by his office for half an hour, and he told me some of what he wanted me to take on. Without sharing the details, especially while it’s still only a maybe, I’ll tell you it has many dimensions, takes advantage of my knowledge of the university, allows me flexibility in my work hours and location, and challenges my ever active mind. Plus I get to work with a lot of good people I already know and really like. Not bad at all.

And all this came to me out of the blue. After my “screw up”. After I didn’t get the job that would have made me unavailable for this one. And after throwing myself 100% into my current job and doing my best at the work I have in front of me.

Don’t know what I’ll decide or if I’ll even be given the chance to decide, but as of now I’m meeting with him again (plus a few others) next week to explore this further.  I’ll let you know how it goes and whether this actually results in a new job for me. Could be fun.

But the main reason I’m writing this is to remind all of you that, even when it looks like you screwed up or you feel frustrated not knowing what’s around the corner, if you keep your eyes and ears open, something new and interesting might just come along!

And of course…it never hurts to ask. 😉


About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.


  1. Good luck! Things really do happen for a reason. 🙂

  2. I knew you’d appreciate this one, Mr. X. Thanks. You will definitely hear what happens. Would be fun if we each had some news soon. 😉

    Ronnie Ann

  3. Squee! I’m pulling for you. I hope you get whatever you want.

  4. What I want is peace in the world and for people to start treating each other with respect and as equals. But in the meantime, I’ll take a cool job if it arises!

    Thanks TEB. Hope you are doing well in your amazing new home. And soon…amazing new job.

    Ronnie Ann

  5. Congrats, Ronnie Ann! I hope it turns out to be what you want—I know that if they assign you to the job, they’ll get great work.

  6. Thanks Terry B. You know you’ll be one of the first to know!

    Ronnie Ann

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