Avoiding the Bad Fit Blues

“Sign your name here. Now switch hands and do it again. Is it tougher the second time around? Yeah, I thought so….”

Wrongshoe

I’m right-handed. I grew up sitting across the kitchen table from my left-handed sisters. Our seating arrangement prevented us from bumping elbows.

Just as I prefer to write, eat, and throw with my right hand, I have preferences for how I filter information, work with others, socialize, and make decisions. I like working with words more than numbers. I like spinach more than brussel sprouts. Beets more than carrots.

When I moved to New York, I worked in a job that felt like writing with my left hand. I liked the people, I liked the concept of the job. But as I worked, I felt as though I were breaking trail in two feet of snow – or walking through a sand pile.

The experience of working “against my grain” inspired me to start Best Fit Forward. Because I think there’s nothing worse than landing a job that doesn’t play to your strengths. It may pay the bills, but if it strains you continually–it probably won’t lead you to a promotion.

When you know how to interview well, it’s easy to showcase your skills and accomplishments. You can filter out experiences to demonstrate your potential fit for a position. But sell your weaknesses as a strength, and you may end up sorry. Especially if your new job puts this weakness to work everyday.

I help many of my clients with online identity, job search strategy, and resumes. I prefer to start my work with an assessment; I like to get to know my client’s preferences. Because who wants to bump elbows, really?

Photo by Helga Weber

 

This entry was posted in Job Search Strategy, Resume Writing, Stories and Strategies and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *