Self-promotion through social media is everywhere. From showcasing their fashion sense by posting a selfie on Instagram to launching lucrative YouTube careers using their zany comedic talents people have resorted to using all sorts of internet platforms to get what they want. Heck, even Kenye West has been tweeting to the titans of Silicon Valley asking for huge sums of money to ostensibly bail him out of debt.
On December 1, 2015, I, too, dove in and turned to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and my own website to launch this 90 Days To My Dream Job blogging challenge in an effort to land a new corporate HR job. Yet throughout the journey I never once formally outlined why a Hiring Manager should hire me. What makes me so special? Why would a Hiring Manager never regret saying these three magical words, “Viola, you’re hired.”?
Self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to me as it does to the Kardashians of the world, but a social media challenge like this one seems incomplete without some self-promotional pizzazz (maybe this is why I haven’t gone viral).
I’ve been mistakenly assuming that people would take the time to read my work, navigate my site to learn about my career and in turn deem me worthy to hire, but internet users rarely do this! They care more about obtaining desired information as quickly as possible. I get it—I do the same.
Allow me then to get right to the top, most pizzazz-filled reasons a Hiring Manager will never regret hiring me:
I lead with my heart. What I mean by this is not that I wear my heart on my sleeve and abandon all rational thinking. When I interact with people, be it with the janitor vacuuming my desk area at the end of the day or with the executive head I’m presenting to, I make the effort to show them that they matter and that I care. This genuine connection with people helps me build trust and strong working relationships very quickly which in turn allows me to get more things done.
I’m like Gumby. I’m flexible, I take things in stride, and I rely on my optimism and good sense of humor to get me and others through tough times. I’ve worked in some of the most diverse office environments: conservative financial firms where suiting up every day was the norm, a young and casual contact center with open workspaces and flat hierarchies, and a cash-strapped non-profit serving the needs of a local community. When people ask me which work environment I prefer I laugh because it doesn’t matter to me. No matter where I am and who I’m with I get the work done.
I have a lot in common with Jack Russell Terriers. Not so much in the looks department, but with their temperament, yes. I am tenacious and tireless in accomplishing my goals. You may have noticed in my photo on my site and on my profile pages that I sit in a specialized chair of sorts. That’s a power wheelchair and there’s no hiding it so I might as well reveal now how it makes me uniquely qualified. Because my body has been compromised physically since I was born, I’m always pushing myself to create new ways to adapt. What new techniques can I try? How else can I think about the problem to come to a solution? I don’t waste work days complaining. I just apply that innate tenacity and get it done.
Now of course I haven’t mentioned all the technical knowledge that I’ve accumulated throughout my career that also make me qualified for an HR position. But what I have learned while hiring many others in my past is that these three qualities always trump the technical knowledge. When candidates possessed these traits I knew they’d be a great hire.
I’m your next great hire.
My name is Viola Minicozzi and I’m a HR professional looking to land my dream job in Phoenix, AZ. From December 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016, I’ve committed to blogging everyday on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter about my progress and a host of other career related topics along the way.
Join me on the journey. #90DaysToMyDreamJob
Viola. Vi. Vivi.