The first lighthouses were lit with open flames.
These fires were bright enough for mariners to recognize it was marking an area of danger or a landmark to guide them toward a safe harbor. As time went by these open flames moved toward candles, then lanterns and eventually electrically powered lights.
Always keeping their purpose in mind and fulfilling it.
Today lighthouses utilize various combinations of light flash patterns to distinguish themselves.
This is especially so where a number of lighthouses are in close geographical range to each other. By each one having it’s own distinct flash pattern there is less chance of confusing one lighthouse with another one.
A lighthouse in another geographical area may utilize a flash pattern sequence identical to one being used somewhere else. This would typically be done to mark an entrance to a harbor or somewhere far enough away to avoid confusion.
So with a clear mission and clear values over years of history and changes to how to accomplish them, the lighthouses have guided countless mariners through the night to safety. All over the world.
So in seeking a new job, looking to move up in the organization or making a career change it is important to understand your own mission and values. In fact these need to be rock solid.
Sure they may change slightly and adjust over time, however, in order to stand out and get the position you are seeking you must be clear and committed.
During this historic shift as the world comes out of lockdowns and shutdowns one thing is going to shift for certain. In the hiring process attitude will win out over skills. Essentially skills can be taught, a good attitude someone has to have one.
A good attitude cannot be taught.
Think about how you come across on screen for a Zoom or Skype interview. Consider arranging practice calls with people who will give you honest feedback. One real quality feedback tip given to you from an observer can be worth more than either of you realize as you implement it and get the job offer!
Recognize people do mean well when they offer some advice.
Be careful how you use what you hear.
For example: Some people do come across serious and boring on video. Yes, they need to put more emotion into their voice and presentation skills.
However, as one client of mine had to work on with me this has to be done in a level way. Someone else had given her this advice, be more bubbly and emotional on video, and she could not understand why she was never called back for even a second interview.
We started working together and it was clear to me she was coming across as if she just drank a half a bottle of Bacardi 151 rum! Once we backed her off from the image she was creating before she had no problem getting the role she aspired to.
Be safe, be calm, stay strong,
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on adding value to people. Through Speaking, Training and Coaching we change lives. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their career or business.