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Don’t Give Up

One of the nicest treats you can give yourself is to not take yourself out of the running!

Two joys of being in the career advice business are:

1) Career advice is mostly “time spent in the field” meets “common sense”. You know… the type of stuff your grandma would’ve told you if you’d listened.

2) It’s usually pretty easy to put the advice into action right away.

So it was a familiar situation when an audience member approached me the other night to tell me he didn’t think he should go through with his interviews.

A few days after our conversation, he sent this email….

“We met briefly at last Wednesday’s Yale Tech meetup. I was the one non-Yalie in the room, so nervous about a Friday interview that I was considering taking myself out of the running.

Nerves notwithstanding, on your encouragement and the encouragement of many others, I studied my ass off and headed in for a full day of interviews on Friday. Long story short, I came home to find an offer in my email! It’s a huge step forward in my career and is honestly more than I’d hoped for when I started looking around.

So, I just want to say thank you very much for the helpful words. They made a difference, and I’m going to be feeling that difference for years to come.


I know you have reasons you think you are not going to make it. And they seem like good reasons.

But those “reasons” are just the normal anxiety of the job search getting the best of you. Ignore them, and keep on truckin’ ahead.

One of the nicest treats you can give yourself is to not take yourself out of the running!

I’m rooting for you!

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Marc Cenedella

Marc Cenedella is the Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of Ladders, Inc., the comprehensive career resource dedicated to helping professionals ‘Manage, Market and Move-up’ in their careers. Over the last decade, Ladders has transformed the way job candidates and recruiters connect online. Follow Marc on Twitter at @Cenedella.