When my friend Sharlyn Lauby (the HR Bartender) challenged several of us with the task of writing a blog post titled “a letter to my younger self” to be posted today, August 25th – I thought this would be a GREAT idea. Sounded like fun even! Then reality hit. The story of my younger self could be the ideal script for a dramatic made-for-tv movie (or at the very least, a very bad sit-com). Not going to go there.
Instead, the letter to my younger self reads like this:
I am writing today to say “thank-you”. You are about to make several very wise decisions in your life, many which will take a lot of courage. You’ve always been a fighter, and you refuse to fail. I like that about you so keep it up.
A huge turning point in your life (and career) will be when you answer a newspaper ad that asks for someone who can work independently and think fast think on their feet. This is your chance to break into the recruiting and staffing world. Now, I know you don’t have a lot of experience – but you walk into that company like you own the joint (even though you may not really understand what they do), and when they ask if you have any questions, you brilliantly ask the owner “does this company believe in customer service”? You will see his eyes pop out of his head like a cartoon character. Just don’t let on that you are dead serious when you ask that question, he might think you’re a bit TOO serious.
You’re going to be bored for a little while – but continue to accept the challenges put before you…yes even the one where they put you in charge of that department that seems to do a lot of cool things – because it does.
Some key things I need for you to do:
- As you grow, always remember the people who helped you along the way because there will be A LOT of them.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help – you’re not expected to know everything about everything.
- No matter what your title is, keep it real.
- Roll your sleeves up when you need to, you’re part of a team.
- Stay current, and be curious about new marketing trends.
- Be nice to vendors – you’re going to be one in the future.
- Volunteer. No matter how busy or tired you are, just do it.
- Build your network before you need it.
- Embrace change.
In closing, everything that you do from here on out will contribute to your our success. Thank you for accepting the challenge.
p.s. lose the perm