Your Biggest Tool to Get the Work You Love
Your biggest tool to convince people to hire you, or the customers to work with you are your success stories. They are evidences that you deliver what you promise. Say you claim to be a creative mind and a solution maker. The following example would prove your point immediately without any doubt:
Our company was getting a lot of competition and we were losing the mindshare of our customers. The marketing budget was tight and we wanted to take actions that could separate us from competition without spending too much. I had the idea to implement the logic of sportive competitions. I searched for the international awards in our sector and found one. I ran the idea with my manager and received a go. So I prepared our entry talking with other departments to prepare our entry as most extensive and appealing as possible and sent the application. Our company won the first place in the world in digitalisation and customer centricity. All the newspapers published the result and we got free press coverage where we could mention about our upcoming products for free. This saved the company 200 thousand euros.
The statement above is an example to PAR (Problem – Action – Result). The PAR technique helps you communicate your successes in an active way (YOUR input, how YOU changed a situation is visible). You can make your PARs more powerful by using monetary values, percentages, increases, decreases in your results.
PARs are very powerful and they prove that your claims about yourself are right.
But there is an issue here. A success does not necessarily make you happy. The success shows you are good at something. But just because you are good at something doesn’t mean you love that. I am pretty sure there are many things you are good at but you don’t like doing. For example, I am good at maths, financial analysis and reporting but I hate doing them.
If you talk about yourself mentioning things you are good at but not considering what you enjoy doing, there is a high risk to end up in a job you don’t like.
It may be the case that the market values these skills more, it might be getting you more jobs, better paying jobs but these jobs probably will not be the ones that’ll make you happy.
So before you start applying to a job make a list of your successes that you enjoyed working towards. They will also guide you to the job that you enjoy doing.