Job hunting in a recovering economy is a job in itself. Many of my classmates have worked diligently and found positions that will lay the foundation to their career. Then there are the people like me: the one who passed over many positions instead of just applying and starting somewhere, to find a position that is idealistic. I left my last career because I wanted to make a greater impact on people and patients outside of a hospital environment. But over the last few months I have realized that there isn’t a job out there that encompasses all of the things that I desire to do, so I need to put my idealism to the side and find a job.
The hunt is on. I am open to opportunities that will help me grow as a young attorney, while still giving me a great work/life balance. Those two things I cannot compromise and will clearly express them in my interviews…when I get one.
One of my favorite questions is,”What makes you perfect for this job?” As I enjoyed my moment of peace today, I started thinking about what makes me perfect for any job. As we have progressed professionally, many of us have forgotten that degrees, resumes and life experiences alone don’t make a person perfect for a position, but their chemistry, their personality and their drive is what people are going to look at once they are at the table.
So for me, when I answer this question, I am going to speak to all of the things that make me perfect. I am dedicated. I have always taken the time to learn the necessary skills to be a great employee at every job that I have ever had; from Shop Rite, to being a server, a teller all the way to my job as a nurse. I love being right, so I am going to do what is necessary to make sure that I am doing my job to the best of my ability. I show up early, stay late and go above and beyond because I know that it is necessary for my growth.
I am a fast learner. I love being right (clearly), so I try to learn my job, as well as other people’s jobs just in case I have to step in during a time of need. When I first started as a student nurse at Hopkins, I was in Urology (shout out to the best team at the Johns Hopkins Hospital), and I learned all of the skills I needed to do those surgeries and took any opportunity available to learn from other technicians and nurses who worked in other specialties. I enjoyed the challenges that came with learning new things. My first weekend out of orientation as a nurse was one filled with trauma and emergencies, and no one could tell that was my first time at the rodeo.
I love to learn. I love challenges. I love people. I love to be right (just in case you didn’t know, now you do). I am perfect because I invest my all in everything that I do, which makes me right for any job that I am applying for. These characteristics are not written on a resume, in the descriptions of any of my positions or clear through my transcripts (grades aren’t everything so beat it). I am perfect for any job because of who I am. My genuineness. My fortitude. My passion.
This is a reminder to us all to look beyond what we have done and start to expressing who we really are outside of the obvious. We are greater than the sums of our applications or any individual accomplishment or failure that we have experienced. Our distinct differences are what makes us great people to be around, to learn from, to grow with. We are all perfect in our own respects. As long as you are only trying to be the best you that there is, there is no real competition out there that can challenge you or step to you for that title. In a busy city setting, we are so used to passing out business cards, but we are immune to getting to know who people really are.
As we enjoy the sweet weeks of summer, challenge yourself to get to know people beyond their business card, job title or financial status. For those of us mounting up to get back on the saddle and ride to our dream job and for those who have been on that road too long, know that you are great and all you need is an opportunity to get to the interview to tell them who you really are. When asked this question, make sure you are not harping on just your experiences, but those unique details that set you apart from the rest.
Be perfect. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.