Wednesday, January 20, 2010

being teachable

Hello again. I am having another sleepless night it seems. My school/work/internship schedule has me completely off of my normal sleep schedule...

Anywho, I was sitting in my bed thinking about my day and if I had to write the lesson I learned today, it is 'Be Teachable'

I don't think students have taken notice of how many people are successful because they had a little business sense and were teachable. A person can shoot an idea to hades and completely miss their target; go back and link up with someone who is successful in that industry and gain all the knowledge they need to become successful in that field...that is, if they are teachable and willing to accept, and ask for help, when they need it - and even when they don't! Being a teachable person incites professionals to talk freely about business standards with you. Become a sponge and soak up as much information about your field. Pay attention to what you learn during these experiences and apply them to your business and life.

I really don't understand how someone can feel like he has a right to be cocky, with no experience or a degree. I ask myself, is he really so cocky that he won't accept direction from someone who DOES what he WANTS to do for a living? What is that all about? Seriously!

Ladies and Gentlemen, in the state of the current economy, the small stuff is causing people to be overlooked. Jobs that would receive 20 applicants are now receiving over 100 applicant submissions. Handing in assignments with text message lingo, ie. typing 'u' instead of 'you', is completely ridiculous. And this really does happen. More unbelievable is that prospective employees go on interviews and present resumes and porfolios that have NOT been proofed and have the audacity to wonder why they didn't receive a call back for the position.

If you won't take the time to proof your personal work, why would an employer want to entrust his company's reputation with you? You haven't taken the time to sell yourself to the employer. The employer can't expect you to create professional deliverables for clients, because you have poor writing and editing skills. And because you didn't take the time to get help to do better it tell the employer that you won't take the time to proof their client's work prior to presenting it to them. Read books if you cannot write. Visit you're college's writing center. Read a dictionary, and increase your vocabulary. Read grammar books. Do whatever you have to do to get the help you need to represent yourself well on paper.

BUT, if you think you're all of that and a bag of chips and you can't even write a basic resume to sell yourself to the company, something is wrong.

This is just food for thought, encouraging you and myself - no matter what stage of life you are in - to strive to BE TEACHABLE!!!

with love,

peace n sunshine

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