By Tim Klepaczyk
A couple of weeks ago I was preparing my Christmas cards. I sign each with a holiday greeting. Every year I’m reminded that I don’t think my cursive is very legible. It’s especially true when I write similar things repeatedly; I seem to get careless. Even if my perception about my cursive is correct, I think there are lessons for one’s job search.
Sometimes I come out of an interview second-guessing the answers I gave to some of the questions. Most of the time, in retrospect, it turns out to be a waste of mental energy. We are naturally anxious to make a good impression, and interview questions are generally open-ended. There are countless ways one can answer open-ended questions; the important thing is communicating that you know how to do the job. I am confident of that most of the time. It’s a bit like a short Christmas message in bad cursive; most of your friends can figure out what you’re trying to say.
Also, don’t get hung up on things that are losing their value. So you once were a master of some obscure computer application no one seems to use anymore. The important thing is you demonstrated your ability to master a skill and can repeat it for applications that matter today. Perhaps a better analogy is fretting over something that has been all the rage but you haven’t used very much. For example, I never use Twitter. If I found a value in it, I certainly would use it. I do understand it has a value to others that I may not fully appreciate, but I also remember when MySpace was all the rage. It’s a bit like fretting over bad cursive – many school districts don’t even teach cursive anymore!
Stay focused on the things that really matter.
Tim Klepaczyk is an RF & microwave engineer with over 20 years of experience in applications & sales and product design & validation. He also loves writing.
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