Posted by: Margo Rose in Untagged on 10 Aug 10
Lend a hand. Encourage a heart, and watch the world around you change. Each of you is a transformational force of nature. Each of you, regardless of your age, color, religion, race, sexual preference, or political leanings, has a dynamic, unique organizational perspective that no one else can bring to the workplace. Why? Because, there’s only one you. Years ago, William Bridges wrote a career development book entitled “You & Company.” His message was crisp, and perspecatious. In essence, he expressed that each of us has a brand, and a special gift. Now the term product banding is in vogue. In the past few years, we’ve seen people alluded to as “employee brands.” Yes, as a job seeker, you are the brand. It’s brand you. No, you’re not necessarily a product, but if you brand your image, your unique selling points you can create a neat, and slick package.
As a perspective employee, you can create such an attractive presentation, you will present yourself to recruiters, and hiring managers with aplomb. As brand YOU, you can tease out all the skills, knowledge, and abilities you bring to a company. Think about it. You can do something that no one else can do as well as you. Ok, HRMargo, you might say, “I’m just a…or…”Yes but…” Stop. Stop it right now. Just for today, I want you to eliminate the qualifying statements: yes but, and I’m just a…and I want you to park them in the closet. Do it. For the rest of the day, every time your mind says, I can’t…or yes but I can’t because…or…I’m just a fill in the blank…catch yourself mid sentence. Replace those thoughts with, ” I can and I may need to do x-y-z, to get there.”
Unemployment is Hard, and I am CONVINCED HireFriday can help. I am so convinced that I am dedicating the rest of my life to this endeavor. I am a baby boomer. I wear that title like a badge of honor because with my age comes experience, wisdom, and compassion. With my maturity comes perspective, empowerment, and an ability to engage and reach across to other generations fearlessly. With my age comes a certain grace and generosity. And, finally with my age comes a quest for generativity. I can never completely give back all that has been given to me over the past 50 years of my life. What I can do is give in kind each day of my life to different people who cross my path.
Today, I joined the JobHuntChat group on linkedin. I wrote an introductory post. My message was clear. It was simply this: as communities, let’s work collaboratively together to change the world for the better. Each community has its place. Each community cluster has its gift, and communities that succeed don’t compete, they work together. It’s not HireFriday, or JobHuntChat. It’s HireFriday, and JobHuntChat, and JobAngels. We all work together. This will stimulate the economy. This will revolutionize the lives of others, and the way we do business. Our respective, and individual communities will each do something unique, and will help people, and organizations in a way no other organization can.
That’s why I’m fearless, and passionate, and persistent in this quest. Just like you as an individual, our community can do a job no one else can do the way we can do it, because no one else is us.
There’s only one Margo Rose, M.Ed., HRD. There’s only one YOU. There’s only one HireFriday 2.0. We are a boot camp community. We are a boots on the ground approach to finding jobs online. Don’t ever think I can’t. If you think you can’t, you’re right. Today, I’m going to give you a challenge. Remove the word can’t out of your vocabulary when it comes to expressing your skills and abilities. Your skills and abilities can. You can. If you don’t have the education, or experience, get it.
Let HireFriday support you. We are here to lend a hand, and encourage a heart. When the world says no, we say yes. When doors slam in your face, we apply healing salve to your wounds, and provide caring attention to your pain. When you feel rejected, we offer acceptance, encouragement and compassion. When I say I will believe in you until you believe in yourself, I mean it from the bottom of my heart, in every fiber of my being.
Love yourself. Believe in yourself. Be good to yourself.