Not since personal branding with Dr Bret have I considered the importance of recognizing and marketing what I do best. I am fairly self-aware but being able to speak to something as a specialist or at least gifted is damn hard to do. I am readying myself to enter the job market and have little idea where to begin.
where I shine
Sure, I am sharp-witted, sparkling, and completely uninhibited but how will these attributes help me land a dream job/career? I personally connect on many levels and have a great sense of whether someone is an authentic being. I have no time or patience for phonies.
Throughout my tenure in management, I learned to easily gauge the level of service given and received by supporting staff. When I venture out as a customer in my own right (too often I might add) the same is true.
I don’t always blame the representatives who service me, but their obvious lack of training, coaching or follow up is evident. Why is service more important in some company cultures than in others? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
hmm… I may have stumbled onto something here
Do you believe in love at first sight? Yeah, I know it sounds hokey but in the workplace I believe in it wholeheartedly. Whenever a potential employee would come to my office to apply in person, I was able to get an immediate sense of who he was and how he could add value.
Remembering back to before this past holiday season a young man sauntered into my office with a huge smile and an outstretched hand. Honestly, I don’t even remember what he said as he introduced himself. The important thing was that I knew immediately he had the look and feel I had been searching for.
BAM! He hit me like a ton of bricks. It was his demeanor, eye-contact, firm handshake, who knows perhaps that and a bit of that love at first sight hooey. No, I was not in love with him per say, but I knew he must be part of my team. After an introduction, the decision was made and I never looked back.
Since our initial meeting, I was proven correct in my supposition. He was a perfect match and has excelled professionally as a result of his shining personality. Realizing I am not always perfect, there have been other aha moments when I was wrong and the future employee was not as stellar as once thought. C’est la vie!
skilled or gifted?
Friends tell me it is a gift to be able to see past the exterior and view the possible. I’m not sure if it is a learned skill or an innate gift. Paying attention to others through listening, watching and sensing is all part of what makes me able to find and utilize talent. After all, talent acquisition is about finding and placing the right person at the right time for the right job. (blah blah blah).
How do you know when you or someone else has the look? Is it only after careful interviewing and pondering references or, like me, is it a feeling that shows up much sooner? Better yet, do you trust your instincts? Share your thoughts.