I’m speaking metaphorically as opening a literal, unlocked door is relatively easy. What can be harder is getting a foot in the (metaphorical) door with a company that can help you develop your career.
I am the proud owner of Hunters Recruitment & Training Ltd. But I wasn’t always a recruiter, and there was a time when I needed work and money. Hunters offered me a couple of months temping in a factory, unskilled labouring over 12 hour night shifts. It was hard and physical work which I found challenging given my previous career had been ‘white collar’, but I embraced the opportunity and proved myself to be industrious and reliable. My enthusiasm and attitude opened an unexpected door. I was offered an interview for a recruitment consultant position with Hunters and the rest is history.
What is the relevance of this story? Basically, Hunters is extremely busy with temporary work: cleaning, catering and labouring, so not roles that would be seen as long term career choices for many, but fulfilling nonetheless and rewarding in their own way. Who knows what doors could open?
We sent out a very accomplished candidate on a temp assignment as a receptionist. During the assignment she met the company’s international manager and, having made a fantastic impression, he offered her a well-paid contract as an events co-ordinator. A door opened unexpectedly.