Our values vs company values

When we find ourselves in the position of being unhappy in our job, often we can’t work out just why we are unhappy.  We trawl through the tasks we do and find that we enjoy most of them.  We mostly like the people we work with and the hours we work. So where does the problem lie?

The answer may be found in values. Our values vs company values. In drilling down to the core of the problem, quite often we find a lack of alignment between what we value and what our employer values. Try asking yourself this question. What behaviours tick me off at work?  Make a list. Then ask yourself this question.  Are these the same behaviours that tick me off in my personal life?  The answers to these questions give us a pretty good indication of the values we hold.

Sometimes, when we analyse the reasons for our unhappiness, the results are such that we are in a position to make changes that improve the situation. However, if a misalignment of values is the problem, and we have no control over employer values, it may be time to accept that the relationship is a mismatch, and it is time to move on. In moving on, we have learned a valuable lesson, to make sure as far as we can, that a potential employer’s values sit comfortably with our own.

What do your shoes say about you?

leader-73333_640Well mine say that I choose comfort over fashion or being considered cool.  I hang on to my favourite shoes much the same way as a bloke clings to his favourite threadbare flannelette shirt when his mother is threatening to bin it!

But seriously, there are times when it is essential to get the issue of your shoes just right, because apparently when you meet a new person, your shoes are the first thing subconsciously noticed. Knowing this, the importance of getting your shoes just right for a job interview should not be underestimated.

So what are some of the common mistakes people make regarding their interview shoes?

  1. Well not cleaning them would have to be number one.  For some reason they get missed in your preparation.  The number of people who forget to clean their shoes is mind boggling.  If you are in this category, the interviewer’s first impression of you just got off to a bad start.
  2. Wearing very high stilettos, great when you are going out but not suitable attire for most job interviews.
  3. Wearing the wrong shoes with your interview outfit, trainers teamed with suits don’t usually cut it for most interviews.

Take another look at the shoes you have chosen to wear to your interview  … what do they say about you?  Will they create a dynamic first impression, or will they lose you points before you have even opened your mouth?