Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

Memo to my future employer

job hunt

Re: Hiring

I thought of doing this as a personals ad but decided against it. Why trivialize something important: finding the right partners in work.


It can't be any more fun for you than it is for the hundreds of us -- or more -- who are applying for the job you have.


I know you've spent a bazillion dollars on software systems to take applications. Optical scanners to read those applications for key words.  Human resources staff who know more about laws and benefits than human beings but try their best to find good people. You've bought behavioral profiles and structured interview scripts (I know, because your competitors are using the same ones). Some of you have purchased online testing services. Or wanting to be rid of the headaches, you've outsourced the whole lot. 


It's all very professional and methodical.


But is it making your selections better? Are you really getting the people you want?


I ask because I've been attending workshops and trainings and support groups, and all these good people are obsessively working to break the code you've developed. We are madly altering our resumes to include the magic nouns and the power verbs, the imaginative quantification of accomplishments. And I've yet to see a resume that would make it through the scanning process that tells anything important about the person behind the skills list (which is carefully culled from your website or ad).


Pretty much, our resumes are numbing recitals of everything you ask for and sometimes more.


So I'm trying something different. I'm a writer, editor, communications manager, coach. But here's the real profile, what matters about who I am.


I have raised a beautiful son who freely says "I love you" and "I'm sorry." Two strong daughters who laugh deep, throaty, real laughs and make good choices. I have loved and been loved truly, and I have the friendship of many fine women and men. I've earned the admiration of my mother and father, the respect of people I respect.


I've learned to bend and change and grow two branches where one was cut off. I've learned the hard way to be kind, and that kindness is more important than cleverness or intellect when there's a conflict between them. I'm not wise, but I have perspective and usually recognize wisdom when I come across it.


I also know the importance of play in life and learning and work--in all that is creative. And that it's all creative.


I live each day in celebration. Still, I know how to be sad and when to be sad. If you can't do that, you are only seeing half the picture.


I bring all of myself with me wherever I go. That's pretty solid. There aren't any soap operas here. I will apply all that I have to the good work that you do, and I will work hard at it, and your workplace will be a better place because I am there.


Tell me what you dream, and if I can dream it, too,  I will help you achieve it.

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