If you are a Canadian, you will be able to relate. I was in Tim’s on Friday, stopping for a quick Americano, the best coffee they deliver unadulterated. Sitting by the fire and chatting with my friend, I noted that a young gentleman next to us in the Kingston John Counter location astutely studying and committing to memory his resume. Watching him ill at ease with this I commented loud enough so he would hear “Be Natural”.
The message was received. He asked how I knew what he was doing? Indicating that it was clearly a resume and that he seemed to be ill at ease, so I asked about the job and the title he was applying for.
He said it was a position with the United Way.
Having hired and worked with some astounding people I set out to pay it forward and help him secure a more memorable outcome from his interview.
After he started to explain the role I asked him what was the most important thing he had accomplished to date. I cannot recall what first came out, but I stopped him after a few sentences and replied “motherhood”.
So I asked him again what is the most important thing that he accomplished in his career. His response sounded something to the effect of trying to change the world.
So clearly the education system of turning out non-competitive individuals has not stressed the importance of standing out (after 16 years of attempting to do nothing other than fit in).
Determined to get the message across and with nothing to lose with an individual I would never see again, I asked what was the best thing that he had ever done? Low and behold he got it!
His response was that he had created a system/process that saved the company he was with over $1Million.
Barely able to contain my excitement I told him this was the way he should be answering a question of this nature, or to make sure that they knew this about him.
Be confident and communicate your successes. People looking to work with you will never look for these accomplishments nor should they have to read a full page of a resume to find it. Your first salvo should be the meaningful results you contributed to a team or that you were a part of.
This interaction I have discovered is a key aspect of me going forward. Getting the FUNK OUT of people by connecting in a social situation and interacting. Do not worry about social graces. Speak your mind! It makes life worth living for everyone and gets you away from the 12″ screen in your pocket.