To kick off the new year, I asked our staff two questions:
- Why do you work here? and
- What are you passionate about?
Now, I’ve worked for a few places in my life where the only response I could honestly submit to the first question would be the fact I needed a job…. whilst remaining passionate about finding one somewhere else.
By asking everyone this I hoped to gain a little insight, ensure the team were getting to do some of what they were passionate about, and finally update the website bio’s.
As I still haven’t had a chance to update the website yet (and the team went to some trouble to complile thoughtful responses), I thought I would share some of what they sent me here on the blog.
Amanda’s story is a good lesson in persistence, confidence and attitude. Amanda is our reception/administration team member and here’s what she had to say:
If you had told me 18 months ago that I would be working in an accountant’s office I don’t think I would of believed you.
I had just moved from Orange for a sea change and being a one of those people who can’t sit at home and do nothing I started looking for work. After enrolling my almost two year old son in day care full time, the search for work began.
Not being able to work weekends or late at night made job hunting hard, but I was determined to find a job that allowed me to grow as a person as well as expand my knowledge (with an employer who’d understand that with a young child “things” happen). After moving 5 hours away from where I grew up I was sure that I wasn’t going to settle for just any old job. Nine months later I sent off what felt like my 5000th job application to Christie and hoped for the best.
After bugging Christie being persistent in following up my application I got the call for a job interview (which was exciting enough) and then a call that my persistence had paid off. I was offered the job as Director of First Impressions (Receptionist).
Alan Lewis Accountants has given me a chance to work within a new industry, while using my skills of administration and customer service from my previous positions. The first few months were a very steep learning curve, with a new industry and data base to learn.
Alan and Christie have supported me as well as help me grow, and have encouraged my passion for learning and my family. They understand, having children themselves that sometimes things happen and are flexible and encourage a healthy work/life balance. This allows me to be there when I’m needed for my family.
With their support I am 3 months away from finishing my traineeship in Cert 3 in Business Administration, and am currently looking at what other courses I’m interested in completing in the future. Having a life time ahead of me for learning, Alan Lewis Accountants is supporting me in my journey to expand my knowledge and my skills.
Amanda is a great example of knowing what you want and not giving up until you get it (trust me when I say that ‘persistence’ is putting it mildly…:)). In my own mind, I always thought we would hire someone with a lot more experience behind them (life experience aswell as job experience). Here was someone with no experience in or knowledge of our industry, young, new to the area, and with a young child to care for. Despite this her desire, confidence and attitude shone through so strongly, we knew we had to take a chance . I’m so glad we did.
We all have those days when it’s hard enough to drag ourselves out of bed, much less muster up enthusiasm. In fact, I’ve been having one of those days all this week (blasted flu). If you’re in business for yourself, you don’t always have the luxury of emitting an ‘I just want to be home in bed right now’ vibe when customers pop in or clients call.
Instead, ask yourself this; does my desire for the job show through? Does my attitude inspire confidence? I’m not suggesting you come accross as desperate or arrogant, but your prospect/client/customer should never doubt that you want and appreciate their business (unlike, of course, you don’t… but that’s a whole other post).
If you really want it, and are confident you can deliver, don’t be afraid to let it show!