Frequently when I interview for any kind of position, I talk about how one of my greatest strengths is adaptability. I thrive on change and the best kind of job for me is one that promises at minimum, variety, and optimally, continuous growth.
To get where I am in life, this flexibility has been key because, more often than not, I’ve taken on a new job mid-school year or mid-project and for some, this can prove challenging. Often there’s a lot to learn in a short time. Relationships have gelled among co-workers and the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one – the newbie. If it’s a classroom situation, one faces the daunting task of winning over a group of students who treat you as a substitute since you aren’t starting the year fresh with them.
I’m good at this. I can step into a well-established environment and be okay with people not having that good read on me in the middle of the game. I can figure things out in spite of missing the “beginning of the year/project” training. I’m self-sufficient and a quick study.
I often prove I’m the right person for the job… after all the prime players have come and gone.
Doesn’t sound so great when I look at it that way. As it turns out, I’m not a star interviewee. I know how to include key phrases. I’m personable. However, one of my weaknesses is the inability to have a solid grasp on the Big Picture. I think this is what shows in my interviews, leading a prospective employer to a candidate whose brain knows how to click into gear and latch right away onto the long term Big Idea.
Sometimes this bums me out. Sometimes it bums me out a lot because I feel like at my age I should be better at that interview stage. But you know what happens after that? Something else comes up, and an employer needs someone right now to fill a position and yep, maybe all the “prime” candidates have already been taken, but now they get me. And you know what? That’s a win because I go all in, and suddenly I’ve got people on my side trying to make sure I stay.
Glass half full, people. I know many of you know this about me already. Turn that frown upside down. Make lemonade out of lemons. It’ll all work out.
I’ve got this dream of publishing a book or two. I’ve written three and am working on a fourth, but at the moment this whole process feels like a Sisyphean scene.
Maybe, though, I’m forgetting my strengths. Adaptability. Coming through in the clutch. After all, I’ve discovered that while my writing as a whole demonstrates a variety of strengths, the third act of my stories is most like my job performance anywhere: all in with what it needs to keep a reader hooked until the end.
There’s going to be that critical moment when my writing will sell because it will be the moment and the manuscript an editor is looking for, that readers are looking for. I have to believe that this clutch moment exists and that the results will yield success.
But that doesn’t mean I just accept my weaknesses. Do I want to get something right straight out of the gate instead of after herding all the sheep? Heck yes. It’s time to get real on the first half of my recent novel and take that with me through my newest project. It’s time to slash, burn, renovate, and remodel.
It’s time to thrive on change and remember that revision promises at minimum, variety, and optimally, continuous growth.
Fortunately, I love revising. What a great excuse and motivator to put me back into the writing game.
Tell me, what are your strengths? First impressions? Vision? Details? Strong all the way through? Hills and valleys? I’d love to hear from you.