So I started a new job a few weeks ago.
Again I find myself in the same industry (vitamins) with a very well known brand sold in a chain that rhymes with scmole schmoods. Again I have to remind myself that after 10+ years in this industry, I'm actually quite qualified to do this job.
In the interview I was asked if my weaknesses (not having the educational background they were looking for) could be a problem.
"No." I replied, "In fact, I've never been properly qualified in any of my previous positions."
This got their attention.
"I was hired into a marketing job (in this industry) without having a marketing degree. Before this I worked up from customer service to product manager of the same vitamin line. I know where I stand on paper and have always had to work twice as hard as the next guy; I have no choice but to do so."
It wasn't meant in cockiness or as a defensive reaction to the question, just a realization that it wasn't dumb luck that got me here.
Yet I am lucky in some regards:
B. was helpful with advice and and understanding while I job searched, a position opened up in at a cool growing company in a niche industry, I found a cool Chinese place with decent spring rolls down the street...
Now if I could only get this lucky in Vegas.
(picture taken from rooftop of my new job)