We are in the midst of summer. A lot of students are working. Many are in jobs that are not internships in their potential future field. Plain and simple, millions are working to sock away some money.
So let’s say you have ‘a job.’ You don’t love it. Maybe you don’t even like it. It is just a‘summer job.’
The best outcome is, of course:
An alternative approach could be:
It was just ‘a job.’ It doesn’t matter; it was just a ‘summer job.’ So you don’t fully apply yourself. You just, ‘do the job.’
Maybe you feel that the job is beneath you. You are over-qualified. You just took it because you needed ‘a job.’ And again, you don’t give it your A-Game.
Either way, know that success is a habit, and being excellent in all things, is also a habit. So being great at this ‘summer job’ is more important for you than the job itself.
How do you get there? How can you achieve excellence this week:
Even though it was just a ‘summer job,’ it will provide real examples that very well might come up in an interview with the proverbial ‘behavioral interviewing’ questions that start with: “Tell me about a time when you:
Behavioral interviewing questions are common in the types of job you are ultimately seeking to launch your career or next summers internship. They use past experience as an indicator of future performance. If you can demonstrate from past examples that you have a high likelihood of applying these tendencies to the role you are interviewing for, you stand out. Anyone can ‘say’ they can and will do something, but behavioral interviewing questions tries to ferret out who is the most likely to perform well in the new role.
Know that your ‘summer job’ is the proving ground of just how great you are, if you are great. If not, become so.
If you are way overqualified then manifesting greatness should be easy. Embrace you assignment with vigor.
Remember you are building your brand, setting your internal professional compass and building your work history. Take every role as a chance to be excellent and leave that role with your employer wishing you never left.
One final thought: During your career there will be chapters when you don’t have the best assignment or circumstances. How you perform during these times is critical. Performing well gives you the power and perspective to know you will get through this too, and it will pass.
Keep in mind that a resume does not build itself and that every job, even the seemingly unimportant ones can help you, IF you approach it properly. It makes you look at the bigger picture beyond now.
How are you going to put this to work this summer?
What are you going to do differently tomorrow or even today?
Read this in a week and revisit the above two questions.
Now get after it.