Seeking stories of professional boldness.
June 2, 2014 4:06 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for real examples of people who made bold, honest, and somewhat risky moves in a job situation and saw positive results.
posted by ocksay_uppetpay to Work & Money (12 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
What I'm talking about is E.g. writing a cover letter saying "I don't have any of the skills or qualifications you specify in your ad, but I'm perfect for this job and let me tell you why." Or emailing a company and saying "The way you're currently doing X, Y, and Z is counter productive/awful/looks like crap and I can fix it for you!" Or demanding respect from a superior who takes you for granted. The kind of move you might make out of frustration if you've been following the supposed rules for years and getting nowhere, but one that could backfire by branding you a weirdo/loose cannon/naive idiot.
I'm looking for actual instances where this sort of action had a positive outcome, either for you or someone you know, or for examples you've read about and can describe or link to. I am not looking for stories about telling your boss he's a jerkface or quitting a job in an outrageous way or yelling at anyone. Nor am I looking for extreme examples like a high school kid sending 500 chocolate cakes, one for each employee of the university he's applying to, along with his SAT scores and essays. (Entertaining as those stories can be.) Preferably, the person in the anecdote will be a job applicant or freelancer or a worker in a low-level, less powerful position, and not a bigwig.
Thanks in advance!