Candidates like to tell  me what they cannot do.

I hear it all the time;

Lori: “Do you speak French”

Candidate: (cue the apologetic tone) “…well, I am not fluent and my written is weak….I prefer an English environment”

Lori: “Do you speak French today in your job and do you communicate in French through email”?

Candidate: “Yes”

I have this conversation repeatedly – replace “Do you speak French” with “Have you ever implemented an ERP system” or “Have you ever sold widgets”? It doesn’t matter what I ask, even if the candidate DOES DO, or has done, what I’m asking, but it deviates ever so slightly, they apologetically tell me that they really don’t do it.

As a candidate, you don’t want to limit yourself and prospective opportunities, you want to do just the opposite. You want  to take a hard look at your accomplishments and translate them in to your complete skill set, and recognize what are your transferable skills. Once you have done this, you may see that you have more to offer than you give yourself credit for. Don’t sell yourself short! If you speak French but cannot write a business letter in French, then you do speak French! You will tell your perspective employer that you cannot write business documents in French but that you are fine with basic email correspondence, for example.

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

As I say (and believe!) we are all on track to live to 100, and as such, we will be working for a long time.

Don’t be drab and inflexible – Yes, you CAN!