I haven “t really gone through an application process for most of my jobs – almost all of mine came from referral.
I was about to hit pass on this question when I remembered my very first job, though – at Six Flags Great Adventure.
I applied for rides.
All my friends worked in either rides or concessions, but rides was the coolest gig EVER. Even in the kidzone, you were the BOSS. You got to run massive equipment and make sure people were having an awesome day. And you got to wear the best costumes.
So, of course, I wanted to be in rides.
I took the test, and aced it. I was all se to be the operator of the Batman ride, or the Log Flume, or something – when I received devastating news:
- I was too young (union requirements needed you to be 16 to operate the equipment.)
- I was too short (union requirements needed you to be 5′6″ to operate the equipment.
- I was too light (union requirements needed you to weight at least 120lbs to operate the equipment.)
I was almost 16, so they could have transferred me, but I struck out on the other two. I wasn “t about to gain weight for a job, even if I could suddenly grow 2 inches overnight.
Oh well, there was always concessions, right? Unfortunately, they were already full of Concessions people by the time I “d applied.
So, at this point, I “m stuck. I couldn “t get the job I wanted, I couldn “t even get the backup job – so what was left? Janitor?
This actually was a blessing in disguise, as part of the merchandising department was the recording studio, and they needed someone with my engineering background to run the sound board. I managed to keep cool all summer and control a different type of ride – the Karaoke Bar 😉
What I learned from this was to be flexible and keep your options open – you may not get what you thought you wanted, but you “ll end up where you belong.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Have-you-ever-been-rejected-from-a-company-but-then-applied-for-a-different-position-and-been-hired
Originally Posted On: 2016-09-12