10 things I learned from the corporate job I didn’t get.
This is a short piece that has been on my drafts for way too long. Originally written two years ago.
This happened a couple of years ago but I remember as if it was just yesterday. It was damp, cold, rainy, and pretty gray — Standard winter in Shanghai. Around 5pm on a weekday I had a phone call with a recruiter who convinced me to prepare my résumé for a big role at a big place.
This was the very first time in my life that I’d have to put together my CV & Portfolio for a company I admired, but that probably never heard of me, or had the slightest clue of who I was nor what I’ve been doing for the last 12 years. Until that moment I had built a pretty successful career with zero job interviews on record (AMA). Nevertheless, I was daunted by the sheer size of the company I was gonna be interviewing for. I expected to learn new things along the process, but I didn’t know these lessons were gonna be so valuable.