Okay, this is where we are…There is a job opening for an Administrative Assistant, the person hired will work directly with the Vice President of Marketing; they will have a considerable amount of responsibility for budget reporting, project coordination, and on the spot resolution of daily problems. We’ve got 14 candidates with either a communications degree or industry experience…and we’ve got Donna Watkins who majored in Dance. So why choose Donna?
Attitude! When asked about her education, she explained her original intention was to become a dancer; after a knee injury eliminated that possibility, she switched to choreography and staging to utilize the credits she had and get her degree as planned. This response proved three things: first, she was flexible and capable of adapting to change – a necessity in the fast-paced and rapidly changing world of marketing. Secondly, she was a resourceful problem solver who would do whatever necessary to get the job done on time and with the least possible disruption. Lastly, she had a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.
Donna got the job offer then and there! But, (lol) she responded, “I’d like to think about it!” Apparently being selected over so many highly qualified candidates caused her to doubt the legitimacy of the offer. Of course, she did accept it and went on to be the cornerstone of the department; someone who met all expectations and then surpassed them. Regardless of what assignment she was given, she tackled it with a smile and lots of enthusiasm…the result? These newfound responsibilities expanded her horizon, provided her with an impressive list of professional credits and increased her earning ability.
Job seekers, heed this advice: no potential employer is interested in your lofty goals. They want to know how well you’ll fit it, how you’ll help them reach their goals, and whether or not you’re a person who will flourish under increased responsibility or capsize in th first storm. A positive attitude is not something you put down on paper – it’s something that shows in your face. It’s the way you smile and ask questions about the job. Stop trying to bombard your interviewer with non-stop dialogue about you, let the interviewer talk. Smile, nod, show interest and enthusiasm…then let the interviewer reach out to you.
Donna Watkins exemplifies the power of positive thinking. She’s now a wife and mother of two. Life hasn’t always been smooth or easy; her husband, a network administrator, was injured on the job and unable to work for the better part of a year. During that time, she stepped in to ease the financial burden, delivering early morning newspapers in addition to caring for the family. The injury has healed and Donna’s husband is now looking for a full-time position. With an attitude much like hers, you can be sure he’ll find one, and the probability is his employer will be just as pleased with him as Bankmark was with Donna.