Successes and failures are temporary.
Career success requires you to live it, sleep it and dream it. Everyone has to find something. Find something you kind of enjoy and can make a living from. Getting a job or starting a career is a process and processes take time. I survived the combat zone, am pretty healthy and wanted to contribute. I wanted to do something with my life, make enough money to live a comfy life and have a job I enjoy. These goals were and are still important to me. My career has gone every way except the way I expected especially finishing college during the 2009 economic recession. I struggled to find work, find what I am good at and what I want to do with my life. I can say now I am doing exactly what I want with my life. I work hard and I answer to nobody. Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I like having a job and earning my own money. It buys freedom and independence. I’ve earned it by being a reliable, skilled, dedicated and loyal employee. Employers are lucky to have me. I like being part of a team. Judge people by their actions and results. Character becomes destiny. Engaged employees are more productive, provide better service and outperform less engaged staff. The best work places: allow you to imagine and invent, listen to recommendations from every level, encourage use of vacation.
Seek career advice from people already in the field. The counselling office is helpful but take advice from someone that has already gone through the process. Listen to people who know. Intelligence, hard work, and a willingness to take risks are the ingredients for success. Ignore conventional wisdom, put your career first, and put off serious relationships until you achieve some level of success. You have to be smarter than everyone else. Be first or be better. The value of education is in the training of the mind. Not learning fact. There are different types of education: book, street, moral.
The power of teams: establish positive group norms with more creative solutions. Encourage openness and flexibility. Individual short comings are balanced in teams. Common people to obtain uncommon results. Teams are a strength multiplier.
Ace the interview
Have a decent resume and cover letter. Your resume should be fun. Its like your life’s work all on one page. The interview is just a formality. I am afraid of judgment, I can be especially shy around people I don’t know and have even frozen up during the interview. Its been a painful process for me but with some experience and books I can hold my own in the interview. Every interview is an opportunity to perfect your answers. The more interviews you do, the more comfortable you will be. Some helpful hints:
- Sell your skills and experience.
- Be confident in your answers.
- Kill them with politeness.
- Make them smile and even laugh but don’t be a comedian.
- Rehearse and have good stories prepared.
- Listen to books on how to ace job interviews.
- Just tell them what they expect to hear.
- If anything overdress.
- Have energy and be likeable.