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The Employee, The Past, and The Future…Part 2

I know I left part one with a juicy ending, but before I fully explain the juiciness, I’m going back to how things went after my boss spoke with them.

The mood was positive; the workers of the department saw the change and were willing to give them another chance. Well, all good things come to an end.

One day I was messaging my boss about something we discussed the week before. They let me know they were on their way to our location. I said okay and thought this was going to be a regular unscheduled visit. My teammate had been at lunch when the boss arrived. Fast-forward to my teammate returning and me leaving for lunch. The boss pulled my teammate to the side to talk. I asked if they wanted me to wait so someone would be on the floor. They said it was okay and to enjoy my lunch.

I walked back in the door to shocked faces, and I wanted to know what was going on. My teammate passed by with a different look than the one before my lunch. While I was gone, my teammate got fired. Now, I won’t mention the reason for termination, but it all leads to the same question.

Do you dig your own grave when you die?

No.

Well, don’t do it before you die.

Here’s my point. If you have a chance to prove those against you wrong, do it. Don’t give them a reason to speak negatively about you or cheer on your failure. Your decisions and actions determine where you go and how it happens. If you allow yourself to fall victim to negativity, you’re only digging a grave for your character and what you stand for. It then becomes a domino effect. If you dig the first grave, the rest of what makes you, you will assist in burying what’s left.

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The Truth About My Resume

Way #1: Give them what they ask for:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Skills

No matter how many ways I format it, word it, or tailor it to a job position, it gets the same results.

  • Rejection
  • No answer at all
  • Endless interviews asking “why”

Way #2: Give them a little

  • Cut off a few years of experience
  • Completely eliminate education
  • Completely eliminate skills

Get the job starting at the bottom and never make it passed the lowest level position.

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Are you a prisoner of your employer, job title, or both?

When you apply for a job, you are applying for one if not all of the following reasons:

  • You really need a job because you have things to take care of.
  • You’re looking for a better job (more hours, different environment, etc.).
  • You’re looking for something to fit in with your level of education and experience.

I know there are many individuals that dread the application process and there are reasons to.

  • What if you spend your time on a long and drawn out application and end up not getting the job.
  • You make it to the interview stage (or even many interviews) and never hear from them again.
  • You get to the interview and the position you applied for is not what the company wants to hire you for.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you get the job right?

You work this job for one month and you’re happy to be working. You do everything that is required of you, you sometimes work extra hours, and you trained to work in other departments.

One year later, you feel that you understand what there is to understand about the company. You research, you study, and you prepare yourself to move up to a department manager at the first available position. You also have a department manager that relies heavily on you to get his or her work done to avoid penalty. You have no problem with it because you take this as a chance to learn and not realizing your manager is taking credit for your work.

I know many may say at this point, “How do you know the department manager is taking credit for the associate’s work?” Here’s the proof……

The store manager has a meeting and you fill in for your department manager. He or she asks every manager in the room, “What can you do to boost sales in your department?” The store manager makes it to you and asks you,

“What does your department manager think he/she can do to boost sales in the department.”

You answer: “He/She didn’t leave me with that information, but I can give you insight on what the associates suggest since we work more closely with the customers and receive a majority of the feedback. I wrote down a few customer suggestions and some things from….

And you’re cut off by the store manager…..

He/She answers: “I didn’t ask you what you or the other associates thought, and what position did you apply to and get hired for? Do you make the overall decisions in the department?

Lets stop here.

Are you a prisoner of your employer, job title, or both?

You are if you’re limited to the tasks in your job title and the manager acts as if your input has no value. OR if you work outside of your job title (working other departments or doing your manager’s work) and your input is used by someone else that takes credit for it.

You are a prisoner of your job title and employer if:

  • Going the extra mile to prove yourself goes unnoticed and/or does allow you to advance.
  • Making suggestions that fall on deaf ears.
  • Staying with the company having ‘hopes of uncertainty’ on raises and advancement.
  • If you know of a well-perfroming coworker that has been with the company for years, has never advanced, and is still waiting for their first raise.