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This divorced, mother of two had a good job at a decent, mid-size company. You can guess what happened next. One day, out of the blue, she was let go.

Out of work, frustrated and little bit angry, she set out to pursue another position. She did all the right things: she updated her resume, took inventory of her contacts and began searching the job boards.

As part of that process, she scheduled an informational interview with someone she knew at a local coffee shop. She arrived early and began scanning her phone for messages, news, etc.

During this time, she couldn’t help but overhear the conversation at the next table. Two men were discussing their small research firm and how they needed to find someone for a particular position.

Undaunted, our damsel in distress interrupted their conversation and said, “Excuse me, but I can do that.”

One thing led to another and she got the job.

But this is a good news, bad news story. The bad news is that she didn’t stay with that company very long. The good news is that she was able to leverage that job into a product manager position with a large corporation that paid better with more benefits.

In short, she landed on her feet all because she paid attention to those around her and was bold enough to speak up when it was appropriate.

The bottom line: You never know under which rock that next job might be lurking.


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