Real Job Seeker Stories: Unexpected Opportunity in Unusual Environment


Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own.”― Gina Greenlee

 Social Media Manager … and… Candle Maker?

I shared this inspiring post on LinkedIn recently, and just had to share this with you, too.  I not only adore this sort of synchronicity in general, but over the 15+ years I’ve been working with job seekers, I have observed time and again that this sort of kismet happens much more often than many think, especially if you are open to follow those hunches, hints, and urges when it seems perhaps a bit crazy to do so.



Before COVID, I was an Event Coordinator. After being furloughed & eventually let go due to a lack of events, I searched for months to find a job that aligned with my Social Media/Marketing experience & skill set with no success.

One day, I came across a job posting to be a “Candle Maker” at a local beeswax candle company.

My first thought was “I think I would really enjoy doing this, it sounds like a really cool job.”

My second thought was “Would this veer me away from my career goals?” and “Would I be able to afford rent?”

After doing research, I found that I really aligned with the company’s goals and mindset. I decided to apply for the job.

I received an interview the next day.

During the interview process, they saw on my resume that I have a background in Social Media, & they were needing someone to run their accounts. By the Zoom interview, I was also interviewing to be their Social Media Manager.

I got the job.

After just one month of working for this company, I’m now officially their Social Media Manager, Lead Admin, & helping out with candle production too.

I applied to be a “Candle Maker”.

You NEVER know where opportunities will take you. Go with your gut, and apply for that job.


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Moral of the story:  1) Be open, 2) Follow whatever pulls you in, 3) It can happen to YOU, too!

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