September 30, 2016 at 4:55 am #3271
Hi Career Transitioners!
By the way!
Some of you reminded me that I sent out the previous week’s ‘In Courage’ Newsletter. Ouch, so true! These things will happen in work, too. In your own job search, your interviewer may say something like, “Tell me about a time when you made some kind of a mistake, and what you did about it.” These can be great times for you in the interview process. Don’t pick something trivial, but do have something.
I might say something like this: I posted a weekly newsletter for an awesome group called Career Transition Workshop, and inadvertently sent out a newsletter describing last week’s instruction, rather than the current week’s instruction.
1.) First of all, I apologized gracefully when asked about it, without making a big deal of it, but without trivializing my mistake, either.
2.) Then, I checked my system. I already had a system in place, a system that works well most of the time. I looked for weaknesses in my newsletter writing system to see what allowed me to get out a newsletter on completely the wrong week!
3.) I placed a reminder on my weekly calendar to make it more likely that I will do the Newsletter earlier in the week, hurry less, and make fewer errors.
4.) I thought, I don’t know what else I could do, and I was not convinced that anything I have so far is a great solution, so I also did this:
4a.) I set a calendar item 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months out, which said, “CTW : Evaluation: Is there something additional that I need to do to make sure that I get the ‘In-Courage’ Newsletter out on time and done correctly, especially getting the correct week published?”
So a mistake that you make can turn in to a performance tour de force, and an insight into how you will be able to solve problems for your new company.
Here’s something: They may love the way you resolved your problem, or they may think that they might have done it differently. But, you just demonstrated that you are a problem solver, even if the problem is yours .
And a Problem Solver is something all good companies need.
Questions? Email me here: Rick@JRStockton.com
All the very best,
Career Transition Workshop
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