Archive for February, 2015

Thoughts from the chilly mid-atlantic

February 17, 2015

Will this month ever end?  Will the snow melt?  Are there crocuses under there, getting ready to do their thing?

Does the bleak midwinter remind you of your job?

If the analogy is valid, it might suggest that you are endlessly doing dull stuff, that you feel doomed to unfulfilling work, that your gifts are going unnoticed, and your own spring will never come.

Shake it off!  Make yourself available to the noonday sun.  If you are feeling lethargic, at least go through the motions of being interesting,  As the snow finally melts, er, when the economy continues to improve and expand, you’ll be ready.

What did you achieve in your current position?  

Be ready with a dynamic answer:

  • When I wasn’t selling, I was researching…
  • When I wasn’t with a patient, I was archiving…
  • When I wasn’t working on the website, I was finding opportunities to …

The Essential Cure for Exaggeration

February 8, 2015

First, I love Brian Williams.  I believe in him.  I watch his newscast whenever possible.

And I hurt for him in these difficult days.

He exaggerated in his narrative and he has been found out.

Has it happened to you?

  • When asked about an extracurricular activity in school, have you enhanced your role?
  • Have you stretched your importance on a work team?
  • Have you minimized your role in an losing campaign?

I think there are two steps you can take while seeking redemption:  you can take on a large dose of humility and you can correct the mistake immediately.  If you are job-hunting, stop right now.  Get out that resume and read it again.  Check it for total truth.  You might feel better and more confident that you don’t have to conceal a truth any longer.

It’s also a potentially great interview question. Have you ever stretched the truth about your performance on a job?  

I think the answer might be – Yes!  I was advised to stretch my role in a reorganization in order to keep my job.  I was so uncomfortable with that process that I vowed never to do it again.  And I haven’t.

Would anyone asking that question believe a no?  I don’t think so.  There’s something appealing and refreshing about a candidate who tells the truth about him/herself while showing emotional growth.