A jobseeker was driving home from an interview in Chicago. It was a job he really wanted, and he had failed the interview. His prospects for employment were bleak, and his self-confidence was shot. He turned on the radio and came across a radio talk show program where the host was interviewing the author of a book titled, "Ultimate Success." The author, Frank Beaudine (Bob’s dad), was asked by the interviewer, "Mr. Beaudine, is there any advice you can offer that might be helpful to the person listening right now who is out of work, exhausted by all the rejections, and starting to lose hope?"
Mr. Beaudine's response: "You might have just bombed your last interview, but don't despair. Something great is just around the corner."
Sometimes, jobseekers come to us at just the right moment. We are exactly the right person they need to help them get through the worst moment of their life (getting fired or laid off, for example). We can transform a client's hopelessness into hope; their frustration into action; their despair into encouragement.
(By the way: Read the book. It has some very useful advice for resume writers and our clients. Check out my other blog post about “The Power of Who.”)