Life is a Game of Inches

Life’s a game of inches, one half step too late or to early you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow or too fast and you don’t quite catch it

Now, this isn’t US football or a half-time team talk, its job hunting… but this quote does often echo through my head as I search. So often it comes down to luck by applying at the right place at the right time equipped with the right tools… whilst I feel luck and fate combine, one can definitely improve the odds!

At the army’s Career Transition Workshop in early 2011, a civilian career adviser, probably overpaid, told me how desirable an ex-infantry Captain would be to business on civvy street. Now, after a job, a redundancy, and five months hunting, those words ring unpleasantly in my mind!

In the summer of 2011, I remember someone asking me what I wanted to do – with the biggest show on the planet 12 months away with the largest security budget in history; my answer was London Games 2012. With both a burgeoning security department and my ‘relevant’ skill set, it seemed an obvious place to start my civilian career. I got the job at LOCOG by sheer luck; being at the right place at the right time after an opportunistic bit of networking on my part put me in touch with an ex-military man who ‘needed a hand.’ After some persistence, I landed a job exactly where I wanted – in LOCOG at the bright lights of Canary Wharf!

For 15 months I worked at this consultancy but even though it was the Olympics, it was so dull – my day-to-day tasking’s were barely comparable to that of a private in the AGC. It was good for my CV and did get back on the hunt rather half-heartedly, but the decision was made with a proverbial ‘boot up my backside’ when half the staff were made redundant, including me. A kick to my pride but I knew it would be long term gain but how long…

So, I’ve been back on the hunt but still not sure which direction to take: security, project management, change management, insurance, banking, internet start-up, the list goes on. So, rightly or wrongly, I’ve gone for all of them in some form combining online applications with speculative approaches and lots of networking hoping that, “when we add up all those inches that’s going to make the difference between winning and losing between living and dying,” or just eventually getting a job!

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