124 is the number of days that I was employed by LinkedIn before I resigned from what was my dream job.
Despite leaving the company on amicable terms to pursue a better career opportunity, to this day I am still asked the question "What happened at LinkedIn?" and the answer is simple: It wasn't a good fit.
It's taken me nearly two years to humble myself to write this piece and I've often contemplated if I should even do it as it's tough to accept that I squandered a once in a lifetime opportunity.
However, there's a lot to gain from self-reflection. For this reason, I want to share what I learned by failing in my dream job and how you can avoid the same fate.
1. Check Your Ego at The Door
While landing a new job can be an exciting time, wait for your employer to formally announce your hiring internally before letting anyone beyond your inner circle (ex: spouse, partner, mentor(s), or professional references) know. Keep in mind that you are being evaluated...
Considering that I dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and my first job was as a part-time shoe salesman, one would be surprised to find out that I started social media for Winn-Dixie, one of the largest grocery chains in the U.S., ran digital marketing for Save-A-Lot food stores, and previously led social media globally for BMC Software.
Despite the aforementioned opportunities and over 10 years of experience, throughout my career, I have been turned down for dozens of social media roles because I did not meet the education prerequisite.
Which is why, when I was hired by LinkedIn on March 16, 2015, it wasn't just any other opportunity but it was my dream job come true.
While I was out of work towards the beginning of 2015, I happened to be visiting San Francisco, interviewing for a job across the Bay in Oakland, when on my Uber pool ride back to the city a young lady entered the vehicle. Unknowingly, she worked for LinkedIn as a recruiter...