How many times have you gone into work feeling great, only to leave feeling terrible? No matter how detached we think we are with our jobs – continually reminding ourselves not to concern ourselves over career trivialities – still, occasions will sneak up on us where a customer, boss, or circumstance creates a storm we just can’t endure. No matter how strong our defenses, there is always a weak point. How can we prevent professional bad days?
“IT, this is Sam!”
“This is Brenda in Accounting. My computer keeps failing on me!”
During their phone call, Sam couldn’t determine the root cause of the issue with the ailing computer. She would need assistance from her team and dedicated time to troubleshoot the issue at the workbench.
“I’ll get a loaner laptop over to you in the meantime.”
“Great! Just haul this piece of junk away! I don’t wanna see it ever again!”
The situation left me so angry! Inebriation is never the solution for these situations. That’s not addressing the issue. Instead, I will fully recreate the events in my head while exercising. I’ll remember every detail, conversation, and emotion. Once I’ve arrived at the root cause, my mind will become once again calm. Here’s how I break through the water to get to the root cause of the issue taking down my post and my stability.
How would you handle your career’s perfect storm scenario? The technical support scenario goes like this: you have a non-urgent scheduled event, someone calls just before you leave about an urgent issue, oh and an executive has a question about something trivial. How would you handle that scenario? “Assuming I can’t ask for help from anyone, right?” “Right.[1,2]” There’s plenty to unpack to make sure you got everything, but, did you deduce the red flags?
“Thanks for joining us today, Jane, was it?”
Jane sat across a small table from a reasonably-dressed hiring manager. She couldn’t help but notice that most of his attention was at the glass wall behind her.
“Yes. Here’s my resume, too.”
The well-dressed professional gave him one resume and placed another on the table in front of the empty seat to her right.
“Thanks. Well, George is running late again… so let’s jump right in.”
What is the goal to your career story? How “did” you get there, if you’re predicting your 10 to 40 year plan? When we start our careers, any opportunity will do, no matter if it’s night shift or underpaid. I don’t think it’s that we become less flexible. It’s that we’ve seen the bad gigs and know that investing our time and effort into “this job” will actually pull us backwards away from our career story’s goal.
“There are two types of people. The people that see something weird and figure it out, like you, and the people that see something weird and ask you to figure it out for them.” The opening act haven’t (yet) figured out how to be good career performers, whereas Uriah Heep certainly did! Let’s explore vicariously through good and bad rock bands how we can exude confidence after figuring out the weird nuances of our careers.
The 5-person panel interview at the Department of Revenue was going ‘excellent’ and ‘alright’ simultaneously. Everyone flipped between either word for every answer. Jane was having trouble reading the expressions of the two potential teammates, hiring manager, and two customers when she heard the strangest interview question of her career: “If my team were a farm, what barnyard animal would you be, and why?” She’d brushed up on any applicable modern technology, but nothing agricultural.
Instead of highlighting my favorite Top 10 of the past 70 essays, let’s focus on how you can replicate what I’ve learned! It’s all structure and consistency. Once you’ve built a structure you can use when you have spare time to invest and have honed your discipline to remain consistent, it’s possible to succeed. Before explaining those details, here are 4 WordPress shout-outs to new subscribers, likers, and commenters: Pam Gaines, Defining Yellow, Fractured Faith Blog, and Dawn!
Resumes should be like business cards. When you receive a personalized business card that’s all cluttered, unless that’s an artist’s business card or it’s trying to portray particular skills unique to that design, how much time would you give it? Mere seconds? Whereas a business card and resume that show respect for the audience by being concise, organized and giving room to take notes could help. Especially if they only have one minute to review.