What’s on the agenda?
Dario: “Today, we’re talking about work.”
Dwight: “You mean, working the dance floor?”
Dario: “No, Dwight. The real kind of work!”
What we really mean to say is, we’re taking a look at how you show up for interviews, the attention to detail on cover letters, resumes and what you need to be productive. These are all the little things that add up in the eyes of your employer or potential employer. They’re the basic steps to begin establishing yourself as an asset to your company.
We’re currently in the process of hiring developers, and looking for summer interns. We’ve seen a surprising influx of applicants that are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, to be honest. Cover letters with acronyms and smiley faces have been floating around, in addition to resumes with grammatical and spelling errors. There’s a certain level of professionalism that’s the status quo: you must show up to interviews prepared, dress professionally and present yourself well, do your homework on who you’re interviewing with and overall, show some true effort!
Dwight: “If you’re interviewing, I ask you what you think about our website and you haven’t even looked at it? If I ask you what you think about our company, you’d better have a more genuine answer than, ‘Well I see you do web design, SEO, and stuff.’ What stuff? Are we talking about stuffing a teddy bear?”
You’ve passed the initial resume and cover letter screening process (you’ve essentially been extended an olive branch- they’re doing you a favor), you’ve successfully proven how you can add value to the company and they’ve decided to hire you… now what?
Dario: “Productivity is next- it’s the daily workflow. I have some tips to stay motivated and connected to your work.”
- If you have trouble getting started just pick one thing. Do it and finish it. Yes, it sounds simple (maybe even stupid) bit it’s true. Even if it’s as simple as cleaning your desk, doing something – anything! I guarantee it will get your brain out of neutral, in to gear and headed in the right direction.
- Prioritize tasks to when you work best. Do the things that must get done when you’re at your most productive. Don’t make everything a fire; be able to determine what needs immediate attention.
- Time block. Arbitrarily block time in your calendar by task. If you finish early, take a little break. If you need more time, adjust your calendar, take a deep breath and go.
- Condition people to communicate your way.