initiative

Posted: August 16, 2015
By: Clay Cerny

Few people changed American popular culture more than Walt Disney.  From Mickey Mouse to his theme parks, Disney could be said to be as creative in his field as Steve Jobs was in his.  What was the secret to his success?  Disney himself might have captured it best in these words:

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

Disney's words should be taken seriously by anyone looking for a new job or trying to change careers.  It's important to make plans before we act.  However, too often making plans becomes a substitution for doing something.  If you want to make a change, follow Disney's advice -- "begin doing."

Posted: July 8, 2015
By: Clay Cerny

 

Soft skills are qualities that reflect what kind of employee you will be.  In reviewing job posts, I found that employers are looking for employees who are self-motivated.  Here are a few suggestions of ways to present yourself on resumes and in interviews as an employee who doesn't need to be told what to do.

1.  Tell a story that begins with these words:  "I took the initiative to. . ."  or "I volunteered to. . ."

2.  Talk about a time you saw a problem and fixed it.

3.  Use the word the employer is looking for:  "Demonstrated leadership and self-motivation by . . ."

Every boss dreams about having employees who know who to do the job and care about what they do.  If you can communicate that you are this type of person (and you have the right kind of experience and hard skills), you will get the employer's attention and be well on the way to a job offer.