Top 3 Skills
Analyzing your own qualities is always harder than analyzing someone else’s. In order to understand which of your skills should be most apparent to other people, you must think in the third person. Someone who utilizes this exercise will always be more relevant in the employers eyes because they know how to best cater to the business in their own way.
For this to be an actual skill it needs to be practiced over and over. In my mind, reliability has to be an extreme, showcased at every point possible and doing what the business needs instead of just what you're comfortable with.
Every job I have ever had they are impressed with how flexible I am. This past week I had just gotten back from a school trip to Europe and was very tired. That may seem like a mediocre excuse but after anyone travels for 30 hours, you feel like death. My boss contacted me a few hours before I got on the plane to come home and was obviously overwhelmed with his first job. He said he had two big yards, one of them time sensitive, that he could not get to, so I stepped up. Just to make it even more inconvenient, my phone had broken on the third to last day of the trip so I was communicating with him on any phone I could; which also means he fully trusted me to get home on time and wake up early enough to take of his clients simply because I said I would.
My employers know they can depend on me.
Coming to work with a positive drive toward the businesses goals’ is very important. Every company has setbacks and things that go wrong all the time but if there is room for error, there is room for improvement. Making sure that everyone on your team knows how to successfully approach the problem with the right attitude is vital to creative and strategic thinking. This skill also has to do with being open-minded; seeing the opportunity to succeed within the failure.
Working at a christmas tree warehouse was one of the most labor oriented jobs I have ever had. Long days of being physically tired is what you were accustomed to if you worked on the grounds crew like me. You can imagine that by the end of the day, moral is low. The last week of the season a veteran worker on my crew came to me and said “it’s nice having you around, I don’t have to do nearly as much work when you’re here”. I realized that even something as simple as a little humor makes the whole day easier.
l always handle my work with optimism in order to keep a smile on my face, the face’s around me, and a clear mind.
Leaving A Mark
Making sure that the people you interact with got something out of being around you. It is the difference between doing an interview and acing an interview. This can be in the form of a relentless work ethic, shared interests, doing a little extra so the client feels in good hands etc. When you start to understand someone’s values, ask yourself, “how can I use my personal skills to leave a good impression?”.
I am always very prompt with the people that depend on me; I make time for them and make sure they feel their needs are met. Doing something as simple as a firm handshake, good eye contact, and giving them the respect they deserve is easy, yet very effective. Every yard I have worked on there is some unique need that I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t ask. You would be surprised how particular people can be about their lawns and how they will want to work with you again because you left a mark by meeting those particular needs. There isn’t an absolute foolproof or generic way to do yard work because there is no such thing as a generic customer.
Developing your reputation is an essential key to working with people you want to and becomes much easier once you know what you can do best.
What are YOUR three top skills?