I thought today’s post would have been the complete opposite to what it is. After attending an interview for my dream job and dream charity on Monday, I was optimistic. I was feeling very good about how it all went, had internal staff backing me all the way, and even volunteered with them for a few years supporting REALLY recognisable events, recent campaigns and their charity shops.
I didn’t get the job. I felt like a broken man yesterday, with my uncle next to me unable to understand how I felt.
I’ve done a lot for this charity and with the term ‘charity’, I felt as I had so much experience and so much knowledge around their work and gaps I’ve seen in my voluntary work, I was so certain this was my time.
It was my time to finally move to London, be part of a charity I had so much respect for, but it was taken away in one email saying ‘sorry, we’re not taking your application further’. Excuse me, but don’t you think after everything I have done for them, that I should have a better reason for why my application was unsuccessful than just this.
Hard to say, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. Throughout my career, I’ve seen so many jobs that I fit the bill, have so much passion for their work, to be turned down at the last hurdle.
Unless you’ve been in that situation, words can’t describe how upset you feel.
Today’s a new day and it’s time to share something I’ve been scared to share for some time now. Many people have mentioned in the past that it’s not worth it, but after Monday’s disappointment, it’s time to say…
John’s Road to Volunteering is negatively impacting my career. I bet you never anticipated me to say that!
Many people whom I speak to about this end up confused about the whole thought. ‘John, you’ve got so much experience, passion and look what you’ve done with John’s Road to Volunteering! Employers are mad not to employ you!’
Are they? Are they mad or are they scared?
When I started volunteering, I knew I had to change. I had to change to open up new avenues in my career and to do that I needed to take myself out of my comfort zone…WAY out of my comfort zone. I learned that through volunteering whilst I was helping others, taking on progressive roles was benefiting my personal development.
I never went to university. I never lasted a few months in college. Volunteering has been my education and having seen the good, the bad and the ugly, I was recommended by a former partner to set up John’s Road to Volunteering. She suggested and I created (including the name).
John’s Road to Volunteering was only meant to be a short-term project. I didn’t really know what I was doing, didn’t really have a passion for it, but my volunteering story had a bigger purpose than what it had at the time.
I wanted to share my story outside of Southampton, and in time, my passion for blogging grew. I quickly saw my story reach national news in the sector, and yes, I know, an individual with publicity behind them can be a good or bad move, but this is volunteering.
I’m using my story to impact more lives, inspire more action and tell the stories of others. The growth that’s happening isn’t my doing. OK, I put some time into John’s Road to Volunteering, but people don’t have to follow. People don’t have to connect. Charities don’t have to collaborate with me.
I love what I do. I love everything I’m doing and for some reason, creating something from scratch, and turning it into something that within 2 years has achieved more than most charities will do in their lifetime is wrong.
I’m sorry recruiters that I have achievements behind me. I’m sorry I have a voice in the sector. I’m sorry for using it.
Most importantly I’m sorry for you. I’m sorry, that for whatever reason you can’t see how much of an asset I am to your work.
I’m still doing my thing. Yesterday was a down moment for me, but do you know that every time I’ve felt bad, experienced something hurtful or been targeted by haters, I’ve risen above it all? I’ve always risen above it.
You can’t beat me! You won’t put me off the sector! You won’t stop me from doing what I love!
I have a voice and I’m going to use it. If that means you don’t want to recruit me, that’s fine. You do your thing and I’ll do mine.
The times when I questioned who I am and what I want to do is over, but one thing I do know…
I don’t want to know you.
I couldn’t be prouder of what I’ve done these last 4 years and I have much more planned. A LOT MORE PLANNED!
You’re just missing out on being part of my journey and that’s your loss.