My journey as an “Apprentice” has come to an end, and it is now time for me to go out to the world, share my learnings and allow someone else the opportunity I have had over the past year. Last Friday I began to put my feelers out there to see what the world has to offer.
My god it is a scary place. There are so many jobs advertised online that are so uninspiring, it soon became clear what industries and employers I do not want to work for. But then talking it through with my work colleagues and contacts opened up the enormity of work options that I would want. So where in the world, and the job market, do I focus to discover the perfect fit for my next step? The role that challenges, inspires and extends me, while allowing me to add buckets of value to a company where my values are reflected in the way they do business? Or is this too much to ask for?
Well, frankly that’s another blog post altogether, this blog post is because I was inspired by this article, “How to advertise honestly” which was posted on stuff.co.nz this morning, and focuses on employer’s advertising jobs honestly. Here’s my situation relevant version:
For sale under (employment) contract:
One early 80s style 171cm tall female with a wide variety of business experience.
[Standard blurb] This capable, entrepreneurial-minded individual seeks a challenging role in a similarly minded small to medium business. You will gain access to general business skills and experience across industries backed up by an MBA (Distinction), a specialization in marketing and communications, a side of cheek and a splash of humor.
Her skills also include her ability to think in the big picture, outside of the box and creatively, along with the ability to identify, critically analyse and make decisions regarding business opportunities and threats.
She would love to work in a business interested in corporate citizenship, business sustainability and a change from the old ways of doing things, where both the business and her could make a positive impact on the world and their communities.
She wouldn’t be interested in working in the real estate, insurance or banking industries. No pyramid schemes either please.
[Person specification] A natural communicator, this individual is comfortable communicating online, offline, over the phone, on skype, twitter, email and underwater (she recently completed her PADI scuba certification and knows all the hand signals). She is also very good at traveling, and having backpacked around 27 countries thus far, she thinks she is a bit of an expert on all styles of accommodation ranging from flea-pit backpackers to five star resorts. She is a non-smoker, clean full-licence holder, capable, honest and pro-active individual.
Now time for the not-so-good stuff: She can be a bit stroppy. But usually only when surrounded by idiots. And she won’t be afraid of bugging you if she’s bored, she was one of those kids at school that was often sent out to the hallway (the secret to never letting this happen is to make sure she has responsibility and a sense of purpose.)
[Personal situation]: She has no mortgage, no partner and no pets. The only ties she has to Auckland are her amazing network of friends and awesome lifestyle, but she has lived and worked for a year in both Paris and Seoul apiece, so isn’t a stranger to living or working abroad.
One lady owner (…i.e herself).