What A Photo Request and Career Transitions Have In Common

Geri Ramsay Blog #1In this series, you’ll find useful insights and a step by step approach to navigating uncompromising career transitions and creating opportunities aligned with your personal vision of success.

I’ll be sharing inside knowledge of the North American employment landscape, gained over 25 years in recruitment and executive coaching, that will empower you to successfully drive your career and make the difference you want to make.

To kick things off, I’m going to share a short anecdote about this work of art, “Expedition to the East Pole”, by the celebrated German artist Matthias Jung, and how it came to hang on the Geri Ramsay website. It tracks squarely with a key insight into the employment landscape and the mindset you’ll want to bring to your process.

After spending what seemed an eternity pouring over stock photo sites and finding little inspiration, ‘the one’ came through an unlikely source – an article in The Guardian featuring Matthias Jung’s surreal homes.

“Expedition to the East Pole” was an inconvenient piece to love. Copyrighted and with no evident means of acquiring the picture for use online, I had a choice – either pursue it or move on. Choosing the former, I reached out to Mr. Jung by email, sharing my appreciation of his work, how his piece aligned with what I’m up to, providing him a mock up of the site and requesting permission to buy the image.

Then I sat back, fingers crossed and breath held although the consensus was that I might pass out well before receiving a response from an artist the calibre of Matthias Jung and, in the unlikely event I did, I would surely be in for complicated process and a big bill.

Well, within 48 hours I had a reply – one of thanks for taking the time to write and of permission, for a nominal sum, to use the image for business purposes. What followed was a heartwarming exchange about the piece and how the proceeds would go towards baby rompers for his soon-to-be-born first child.

The simplicity of this transaction surprised many, just as this key insight may surprise you: when it comes to the employment landscape, the opportunities are much more plentiful than you may think. One of the most productive things you can do for your career transition is to suspend any assumptions or expectations around what you think is or is not possible. Within organizations are many “Matthias Jungs” who will appreciate and welcome your interest.

In the next post, we’ll be taking a look at what you’ll want to pack along and what else you’ll want to leave behind on this journey of career transition. For those of you who are interested in the surreal houses of Matthias Jung, you’ll find them at his website.