4 July 2013
Is Your Glass Poorly Formed?
Okay, everybody relax your trigger fingers. This isn't a fluffy
spiel on how everything is perfect in the world and your troubles
are all make believe. In fact the market eerily resembles the cat's
breakfast from three weeks ago that even the ants refuse to
But is the fact that the sky is gloomy and the future uncertain
really a reason not to be happy that I had the most amazing Thai
food last night? That the Labour leadership spill was entertaining
reality TV? That the Hawks are going to win a game this
Not really, is it?
It's time to pick up our overly large, collective if metaphoric
bottom lip, pack up our troubles in our old kit bag and stop being
so depressingly pessimistic!
Over the past couple of months we've been receiving more
feedback from interviews on candidate's attitudes rather than their
aptitude. A CV tells you whether a person has the skills and
experience required for the role. The interview tells you whether
you're going to want to smack your face repeatedly into a brick
wall if you work with this person in a confined space. And you
guessed it; the candidates with great attitudes went
straight to the top of the pile.
So for this edition of Rock On we decided to give you some quick
tips on projecting a more positive view of your employment
- Don't let it get you down. Rudd is Prime
Minister again and Tony Abbott may take the top job. If you ever
needed proof that anything is possible, here it is wrapped up with
a shiny bow.
- Your interviewer is not your therapist. When
they ask you a question about a difficult time, they are asking how
you handle adversity, not looking to hand you a tissue box.
- Walk Tall! Nothing denotes a broken spirit
more than the floor analysts slumped shoulders. Hold your head up
high and project the confidence that you might not feel yet.
- Choose a time to feel sorry for yourself. Seem
counter intuitive? Well the sky is green. But this is actually an
important step. If you bottle up a feeling it will without question
fester and grow. Choose a time and place to let your feelings out
in a healthy way.
- As a matter of fact…. Facts are friends,
emotions cause demotions. Well not quite but it rhymed and I'm
feeling whimsical. Talk in facts, back 'feelings' up with something
The more you look into this the more obvious it becomes. If your
glass is half full, people are happy to top it up. But if your
glass is poorly formed and unfortunately placed, people generally
prefer to put it in the back of the cupboard where they'll never
have to look upon it again.
What does your glass look like?