Through thirteen years of work experience across several industries, I can safely say that at one point or another you are going to encounter a few rough patches. The question is how do you “deal” with obstacles that are occasionally thrown into your day? Obviously there is no one answer that is going to cure everyone’s bad day or bad week. However, I have picked up a couple tips along the way that may help you rise above and get back on a positive track.
- In sales and recruiting, we are inherently in the line of fire for unpredictable behavior and things not going your way, despite your best efforts. When you encounter one of these remember that A) people do unpredictable things all the time all over the planet and B) Things can and will go wrong sometimes. The good news is you can limit the odds of bad things happening if you are proactive. Always be professional and avoid procrastination if you find any potential issues. It is always better to have the awkward conversation exposing an issue rather than hoping no one finds out.
- Subscribe to the fact that your hindrance may just be temporary – Is this always true? NO! – Serious issues are nothing to sweep under the carpet. However when we’re talking about common gripes such as traffic, extra assignments, getting crushed in fantasy football, meetings canceled and etc, keep in mind that you are not alone! These are things that almost everyone has to deal with at some point. Attack obstacles and tough tasks, knock ‘em out and move on. When all is said and done you actually might be a better person from the experience.
- Stick to the Basics! – No matter your profession we all were brought into our positions to perform a certain task. During times of stress and adversity do your best to filter through these distractions and focus on the core of what YOU do. If you are a recruiter, you need a valid job opening and a qualified talent to put toward that position, that’s it. If you are in sales, you need a product or solution and a customer ready and willing to buy it, that’s it. Of course there are thousands of variables involved to close that deal but the foundation is quite simple. Try not to make things complicated.
So try to keep things in perspective and focus on the fundamentals. Get that sale or placement, that’ll make you feel better!
Author Name – Joe Gomez
Title – Account Manager
Location – Philadelphia, PA
Byline – Joe Gomez is an Account Manager that specializes in long term contract and direct hire opportunities in the communications and web technology fields. He is always open to networking and meeting new people who are looking for good jobs. He mainly works on jobs in the marketing, advertising, public relations, design and web fields.