WP Remix

14
Dec

I’ve been hiring for a few different positions recently, which means I’ve looked through mounds and mounds of resumes and cover letters. As I throw away 99% of them, one thought keeps running through my head: Slow down, you move too fast!

Many of the job applicants I see have similar resumes. . . they graduate and get a job.  Almost immediately, they get another job.  And another.  And another.  Each is presumably another step up the career ladder toward their ultimate goal of being in a better/more fulfilling/higher paying/whatever position.

You all remember the story of the tortoise and the hare, right?  Let’s not forget that at the end of that story, the tortoise crosses the finish line first.  The hare is left at the side of the road, gasping for breath and puking his guts out.  Ok, maybe I embellished that last part, but you get the point.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.  So is your career.  When I see applicants who have changed job after job after job, moved around to move up quickly, and generally haven’t been in a position long enough to truly learn the ropes, I’m not interested.

Anyone can interview well enough to get a promotion.  With today’s limited supply of professionals and unprecedented demand in the nonprofit world, you can and will find another job out there with a better title and paycheck if you’re willing to move.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll know what you’re doing.

Slow down.  Stay in a job long enough to become good at it.  Get yourself hired by a fantastic mentor who can teach you to be a great professional.  One who can help you develop both the technical skills AND the personal/managerial skills you’ll need it to make it to the top of the ladder.  Staying in place for a little longer also allows you time to live with your mistakes – to learn from what worked and fix whatever didn’t.

Getting a job you’re not prepared for isn’t good  for you or your employer.  And it’ll set you back in the long run.  It’s better to be prepared, be the best you can be, and take your time to work your way up the ladder.  If you do, and the top rung is your ultimate aspiration, you’ll have a much better chance to reach your goal.  If you don’t, you may miss a rung or two and end up flat on your back starting over.

Enough on this topic, I’ve got more resumes to read!

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