Every job promotion I earned through my long career at the IRS was a competitive action. Today’s story is about a job I didn’t get due to my own mistakes and how those mistakes help me in my voice-over career today.
I am on ACX. I made the mistake of submitting an audition from home with horrendous lack of quality and only put in the comment, “please let me know if there are issues.” Ha . That must have been like comedy for them. I did not get any comments. So I have been making all the mistakes that teach me what to do next. Still looking to figure out how I recover from such embarrassing mistakes.
The good news is — to quote George Eliot and a title of one of my audiobooks — “It’s Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been”.
Every day is an opportunity to grow and improve. As you learn more and improve, your A game is going to change.
And remember, people on top of the mountain didn’t just fall there.
- I wasn’t selected for the job I thought I really wanted. It turns out I never missed it.
- I loved working with Mike again! I was his assistant manager, and I felt pride in contributing in a meaningful way to the organization.
- Although I had been desperate for years to get out of the IRS and into voice-over full-time, I actually ACCEPTED my life for the first time. Acceptance of your life is a key to moving forward.
- My original manager in Network Operations was incredibly generous. Since I loved the job with Mike so much, she let me continue working in Mike’s office for a year after the temporary promotion ended.
- Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) is an IRS business unit that deals with taxes for those groups. TE/GE was one of our main clients in Applications Development, so I learned a lot about their organization.
- In 2009, I had an interview for a project manager position in TE/GE Business Systems Planning. They didn’t select me for the job.
- Instead, TE/GE actually offered a communications job to me! It was my dream position at the IRS!
- In 2011, the IRS offered early retirements to a very small number of employees, mostly in areas of communications and training. Guess what? I was one of them! If I had stayed in Information Technology, whether with Mike in Applications Development or my original job in Network Operations, I would still be working at the IRS, with no end in sight.