Don’t get me wrong, I love my current work, but I don’t mind an idea of moving to a slightly different climate, and I also don’t mind to try an opportunity to expand my current professional experience. This is what I write in my generic Cover Letter: “My professional goal is very clear – I work hard to maximize my professional output by applying all my skills and experience.”
There is one fundamental question I would ask every CEO, a founder, a top administrator: “Do you believe that someone who has never been known for any talent, who didn’t know challenges or breakthroughs, whose career was a steady smooth path up a professional ladder can recognize and embrace someone who has a talent, and capable of breakthroughs, and can face challenges? Think about it.”
P.S. It is interesting to see the actual gap between the general claim "we embrace competition" and the reality "we don't like anyone who is different". Remember numerous movies where a team of talented misfits makes miracles? Just movies. Has nothing to do with the real life. Because the majority of HRs do not hire misfits. They just don't.
P.P.S. An old linkedin post on the matter.
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