Recently, a friend of mine and I reminisced the past, when we were just kids in North America and when company’s had hierarchies with 20 levels (an exaggeration), but not that far off. You could visibly see your progress at work by the size of your office, expense account, car, title and then the worst unimaginable scenario took place. The word “Rightsizing” entered the English vocabulary.
My friend and I both agree that in the mid 80’s and early 90’s our path to organizational nirvana coming out of school diminished. Today, your personal growth is not as visible and your boss who 25 years ago as a VP would have had a great office and leather furniture now has a cubicle in an open office workplace environment. Now for those who wanted equality this works, however for those of us who wanted opportunity and clear visibility in our career’s something has gone wrong.
I’ll be listing more commonly asked questions every day this week with suggestions to help you get ready for your next interview. Next week, we’ll look at great ANSWERS to interview questions.
Dress professionally and clean yourself up! If a company is doing a Restaurant food executive recruiters, then the first thing that they will look at is your image. It doesn’t matter what your business acumen is, if your customers will not eat anything that you may have touched. Get a haircut, take a shower and wear business casual dress. That would be nice shoes or loafers, khaki pants and a golf shirt, at a minimum. The only caveat is to dress appropriately for the restaurant that you want to work for. If you are looking for a five star employer then you may want to dress up even nicer.
Yikes – I’ve heard of rapid transit but up until now I’ve never heard of rapid and fast first impressions. There’s speed dating, speed dialing, and of course speed channel surfing with your remote control in your family room.
Signup for many of the free social networks on the internet. Don’t be like others waiting idol to be noticed. It is a busy world and you need to make noise.
That’s my take on hard work and career success. What’s yours? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts with the rest of us using the link at the top right of this article.