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foot in the door

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foot in the door
迈出第一步

Date: Nov 29 2012

Themes: Work

Quote

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“We got our foot in the door at the last second. I feel sorry for young guys right now that love rock ‘n’ roll.”

- Killers vocalist Brandon Flowers on the decline of rock radio. (Zoom In UK)

“我们在最后一刻才迈出了第一步。现在的年轻人喜欢摇滚乐,这有点令人遗憾。”

- 杀手乐团 (Killers) 主唱布兰登·弗劳尔斯 (Brandon Flowers) 谈论摇滚电台的衰落。

Definition

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a chance to start, an introduction

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Say you’ve gone to visit someone you’re nervous to see. You want to talk to them about getting a job. You’re standing right outside this person’s door. The door is closed. You knock on it. The person opens the door and asks why you’re there. “I’m interested in the job,” you say. “OK,” says your potential new boss. “Come on in.” You take one step, and suddenly, it’s as if you’re a million miles away from where you were standing a moment before. You’ve got your foot in the door.

Of course, many goals we try to achieve in life don’t involve actual doorways. Sometimes a foot in the door takes the form of an opportunity to work on a project in an area you’re interested in. Sometimes it involves taking a class with a professor who’s an expert in your field. Getting a foot in the door is really about getting a first opportunity that might lead to more opportunities in the future.

Brandon Flowers realizes that the existence of rock-and-roll radio gave his band, the Killers, a foot in the door when they were starting out. Radio stations played his band’s songs and gave the band the opportunity to be heard. Because rock radio is not as common today, fewer rock bands will have the chance to get that foot in the door.

Can you think of a time when you got a foot in the door to a goal you wanted to achieve?

Examples

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“The internship is unpaid, but it’s a foot in the door and could lead to something more.”

“I want to work in the film industry, but I don’t even know how to get my foot in the door.”

“I’ll introduce you to my boss so you can get your foot in the door here and see what happens.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Zifa To make the first step in the way od doing something.
by Zifa
hamed-845 method used by sales people to prevent a person from shutting a door in their face
by hamed-845

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khadidja03

khadidja03

Algeria

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05:27 PM Jul 25 2013 |

*Negar*

*Negar*

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Fortunately this is never happend for me:)

05:31 AM Dec 05 2012 |

mahsa.n

mahsa.n

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

reality i cant underestand :(


 

11:28 AM Dec 04 2012 |

raisacorrea

Brazil

When I got out of a ballet’s company to change for a new one, The new company was pretty much more better and hard to stay.. so, it was a foot in the door for a restart with my dreams

04:21 AM Dec 04 2012 |

Jalal166

Jalal166

Saudi Arabia

when I was in an intermediate school, I dreamed to be a pharmacist. Few years later, I graduated from the secondary school and I had already a plan to join any pharmacy college in my country. Unluckily, I didn’t get accepted in any of health major. One day, a friend of mine called me to hang out and accidentally he told me that tomorrow would be the last day of registration in the College of Health Sciences. At that time I decided to go the day after to get a foot in the door. Fortunately, I had been accepted and my study had the fruitful result. Currently, I have been working as a pharmacist since 10 years.     

03:32 PM Nov 29 2012 |

Katia1

Katia1

Brazil

Thank you Snoopyby, Imperivm and Ketos. I think that now I understand. :=)


I’m with “foot in the door” with my new school (?). Literature. The classes will beging Monday,  but I’m a little worried because I have to leave important things to study. But it’s a great oportunit because it is one de most importante Universities in Brazil. 


Do I understand now? 


Thanks a lot!!

03:05 PM Nov 29 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

     Having a foot in the door is a guilt-edged opportunity but you must put your best foot forward at the very first step you take.  Once you inside, don’t be surprised if you have to take many steps in order to get  to where you really wanted to be. I’m experiencing that as I’m writing this post ;)


     With the help of my former boss I was able to land a job with my current employer, a company I always wanted to work for. He told me that he had some connections there and that he could put in a good word for me. However, Things didn’t go as expected during my interview. Conforming to the protocols set by the company I didn’t meet all the qualifications for the position I was after. I told the hiring manager my former boss sent me hoping that could cajole him into hiring me. He told me that he was aware of that already but rules are rules and that he can’t hire me for that position. I knew that the interview was trickling to its end, so I asked him if I could use him as a reference if I were to apply for another position somewhere else. He agreed to my request. At that time I knew it was a matter of seconds before he handed me my resume and  suggests that I excuse myself from his office so I waited politely for that : ) . “Would you be interested in another position with us?” he asked. Are you kidding me? I’ll walk your dog sir if that what it takes to walk in next Monday as an employee of this company!. I didn’t tell him that ;). I said that I was very flexible and I could consider applying for any position I was eligible for.


       To make a long story short. I eventually got hired, after I spent 2 days in training. I’m not where I wanted to be, and certainly not earning as much as I expected   but once I’m done with my studies I’ll apply for a higher position (maybe  for that same position I was declined a couple of years ago)—with my foot already in the door… mmm  I’m very hopeful I’ll get it .  ( :

I M P E R I V M

United States

We say a “foot on the door” when something is almost done (like if are walking and are about to enter a place and have already set “a foot inside or in the door”


01:15 PM Nov 29 2012 |

Katia1

Katia1

Brazil

I don’t understand so well… 

09:02 AM Nov 29 2012 |

Eliza09

Eliza09

United States

My former course is a foot in the door to get my next goal as a professional.

07:35 AM Nov 29 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

hello  a2020 , is military service mandatory in your country ?

06:00 AM Nov 29 2012 |

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

When i started my military service i got my foot in the door to acheive my geols.

05:57 AM Nov 29 2012 |

8312016

8312016

Switzerland

when i sucses in entrance exam in under gradute  i foot in the door and now i have challeng with PHD exams. the conditions is so diffiult but i am hopful


 

05:27 AM Nov 29 2012 |

bellaboo2422

Pakistan


i got my foot in the door to breath and a new world was waiting for me when i born:). there were lot of things to do to experience to learn and to observe over there. i was just able to glimpse the world ,it was a bird i view. then i grow up and i was a go getter type of person. i was able to see the beauty and cruelty of the world i observed and learnd alot. odessy is on going now but when ever i use to think about onset i try to remember how i got my foot in the door of life. there are many things that, i want to get my foot in the door for them but there is murk around. i hope one day every thing will be clear and Allah almighty ll bless me in these matters too. there are many times in my life by the way when i got my foot in the door by the grace of Allah.

kayanotekina

France

I got my foot in the door in the company I was working for and still do, a few years a go. That time they where looking for a substitute in the office because one of them had been on holidays for 5 weeks.


It was a charming experience but above all it was the time where I got introduced to my current boss. We got on like a house of fire straight away and very soon he offered me a job in his department and hired me. This really got me a foot in the door and made me able to set sights on the job I’m doing today. 

Nabilo

Nabilo

Germany

I got my foot in the door after I was accepted for a course of study at a german university and also after I got a job in munich just after I finished my study…

Irene Forever

Ukraine

Julito, God sees everything.:)

yuminaga

yuminagaSuper Member!

China

Speaking English fluently have been my dream since i was kid >i took trouble to look for what  a good website is for it. English-baby is one of  good website so  English-baby made de got foor in door.

icyman

icyman

China

If you prepare enough, you shouldn’t be afraid. when you got your foot in the door, you would feel confident. you can get this job and do it well.

 julito

julito

Argentina

Many years ago I had the wish to work in an american airline operating in my country…who wouldn´t like to travel free …. a friend of mine had his brother in Texas, headquarters of that company, then he was  an executive  at the airline , somehow ,I got his business card and with this I applied to human resources  for a job.  I thought, Gosh, with this recommendation  I have a foot in the door,  I was dead wrong, after the interview they didn´t hire me even to mop the floor ,( remembering Mason , the cast member) .Time after, the company (Braniff)  went out of business .. sorry. hehehehe!!

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