I've always wondered what people mean when they use those spiffy adjectives
like "dynamic", "self-motivated", or "team player" on their résumés to
explain why a potential employer should hire them. So, here are a few
spiffy, résumé-type adjectives to explain why you should hire me along with
a few words describing what I mean.
The Top 10 reasons why you should hire me:
"Reliable, Hard Working, and Dedicated" --
This is the standard, cliché description of a prospective employee. That
doesn't, however, render it meaningless. In my case, you can rely on me to
work hard until I've finished the task that I've dedicated myself to. Once
I've started a job, there is no stopping until it's done.
"Works and Plays Well with Others" --
The modern workplace is a team environment. No matter how good an employee
is, he's worthless if he can't work with other people. I make it a point
to get along with my coworkers both professionally and personally. Key
elements of this include knowledge sharing and not acting like a jerk.
"Self-Motivated and Self-Starting" --
I don't like sitting on my hands doing nothing. If my workload slows down,
I immediately start looking for new tasks to keep myself productively
"Organized and Detail Oriented" --
Too many perfectly good projects have gone down in flames, because the people
responsible for them weren't able to maintain control of the work. I don't
let that happen to my projects. The two cardinal rules by which I live my
professional life are "Plan your Work, and Work your Plan" and
"Documentation, Documentation, Documentation!"
"High Quality, High Quantity, High Speed" --
I think the Ford Motor Company put it best when they declared that "Quality is
Job 1." Substandard products are always more trouble than they're worth.
Once the product is done, though, one must move on. There are always other
projects that need to be completed. Meeting deadlines is also of prime
importance. Late deliveries cost money. "A day late and a dollar short" is
simply not allowed in my book.
"Skilled and Experienced" --
The long and short of it is that I've spent more than two decades in the
computer consulting industry. I've worked for everything from small,
one-man shops to giant, multi-national corporations. I've worked on everything
from desktop support, to multi-million-dollar database applications, to client
relations, to contracts and budgets. Over the years, I've gained a very broad
view of virtually all aspects of IT operations.
"Highly Adaptable" --
I've never been a U.S. Marine, but I like one of their mottoes: "Improvise,
Adapt, and Overcome." I enjoy learning new skill sets, and I learn them
very fast. Challenges are things to be met; obstacles are things to be
surmounted; horizons are things to be expanded. Over the course of my
career, I've successfully met many challenges, surmounted many obstacles,
and expanded my horizons as far as possible. Breaking new ground is one of
the things I do best.
"Extremely Analytical" --
The first step in solving any problem is analyzing the situation. I have a
very hierarchical mode of thinking that lends itself well to assessing a new
project and breaking it down into manageable component tasks.
"Goal Directed" --
To be truly productive, work must have a purpose - an end product that
improves or enhances the conduct of business. I believe that it's very
important to clearly define the desired results of a project up front,
remain focused on the end goal, and always keep working toward it.
Distractions and diversions are counter-productive.
"Problem Solver" --
Even the best laid plans are subject to unexpected difficulties. A large
percentage of successful project management consists of simply "putting out
fires." I make it a point in my work to solve problems, not cause them.
That's one of the things that has made me successful over the years.
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