Most of us hate getting put on hold and transferred while on the phone, but one Canadian used that to her advantage to land her dream job at one of North America’s most famous toy makers.
Through sheer luck (and a lot of talking), engineering student Mollie Jameson was able to become the first Canadian with a co-op job at Fisher-Price in New York.
Earlier this week, Jameson started her new gig and says the whole thing is pretty surreal.
“It’s fantastic. It’s exactly what I pictured,” she said, speaking to Canada AM. “It’s super colourful and there’s toys everywhere.”
The St. John’s native is a fourth-year engineering student at Memorial University and when it was time to find a co-op placement she had her sights set on Fisher-Price. After finding their mechanical engineering job posting on Google, Jameson sent in her resume and cover letter — but something wasn’t sitting well with her.
“I went to bed and I woke up the next morning and just thought ‘I didn’t do enough to get this job,” she said.
So, on a whim, she picked up her phone and called the 1-800 Fisher-Price number. After being transferred through to HR and multiple other departments, Jameson managed to get the number for their New York headquarters. She called and was greeted with this automated message: “Please say the name of the person you’re trying to reach or dial a four-digit extension.”
Here’s where the luck comes in: Jameson had no idea what to do so she just said the first two names that came to her head. Not only did she guess a real person’s name at the company, it ended up being the VP of engineering at the Fisher-Price office.
Needless to say, she got the job. Here’s hoping her lucky streak continues for years to come.