Wondering why you didn’t get the job or promotion? Perhaps it is because you were focused on the employer’s apparent needs and unaware of potential concerns about your years as a self-employed entrepreneur, your visible tattoos, a careless personal appearance, aversion to change or your ability to work in a collaborative environment. If that is a distinct possibility, then you may be wise to proactively address these concerns before the employer makes a decision.
- Does the way you look, sound, and behave positively represent the company image?
- Do your actions and goals promote company mission and goals?
- Can you do the job or learn it quickly enough?
- Do you fit the company culture and will fellow employees want to work with you?
- Are you dependable? Can you be relied on to work in the employer’s best interests?
- Do you have relationships with company stakeholders, or can you bring a valuable network (outside contacts) to the employer?
If any of your answers to these questions are “no,” then you have some work to do!
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC