The purpose of this post is very simple: To outline my three strongest skills and to convince you to care about them enough to hire me. By the time you’re done with it, I expect nothing less than a fluffy title and a corner office. Failing that, I hope I at least elicit a giggle. Let’s get to it.
The purpose of this post is very simple To outline my 3 strongest skills and to convince you too care about them enough to hire me. Lets’ get to it.
There are four errors in that example. See how unconvincing it is? I could be the Stephen Hawking of sales, but anyone who reads that is going to put my application on the bottom of the pile. Nobody wants to hire somebody sloppy, and that blurb screams sloppy.
Misspellings, inconsistencies, and misused punctuation in your copy can tank your reputation before you even interact with a customer. One “it’s” where there should be an “its” will make you look silly, and errors like that can be tough to spot in a thousand-word document.
Take my work at Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park. I was hired as a front desk worker, but I quickly noticed errors in our room directories, books in guest rooms that contain information about the resort and park. Some of the mistakes were glaring: inaccurate trail distance, wrong menu items, or even the wrong name for our resort. Others were more subtle, like a misplaced “@” sign in an email address or an extra space between two words. I found them all. For proof, check out my portfolio page.
I excel at proofing your copy for any grammatical, spelling, or consistency errors. If there’s a comma out of place, I will find it. If a word is hyphenated in one spot but not hyphenated in another, I will find it. If you transposed two digits in your company phone number, I will find it. It’s what I do, and I’d love to do it for you.
Some writing is bad. Maybe it is artificial. Or maybe it is unconvincing. Or maybe it uses more cliches than a high schooler who uses a lot of cliches. Or maybe it is repetitive.
Then there’s my writing. Unpredictable, but not nonsensical. Sophisticated, but not abstruse. Persuasive, but not all in your face about it or anything.
When I write, I aim to inspire and influence the reader. That can mean inspiring a positive life change that happens to involve buying your product, or influencing them to sign up for a weekly marketing email. I also do stuff that’s less overtly capitalistic, but hey, that’s the game.
If you want tired prose, recycled phrases, and unconvincing arguments, hire someone else. If you want writing that doesn’t use phrases like “jumps off the page” or “grabs the reader’s attention,” writing that, say, gently but firmly whacks your reader in the head with a bamboo rod, hire me.
“You’ll be glad you did.” –Everyone
This is the skill that defines me. My sense of empathy is something I’ve acquired from interactions with countless people from myriad backgrounds and diverse stages of life. It stems from a deep desire to understand people and to improve their lives, and it’s something I’m constantly thinking about. I use this skill every day in my job at a hospice center, but just in case, here are a few examples of my sense of empathy in action.
I spent the summer of 2018 working the front desk in a national park. (Incidentally, we took a test prior to the experience determining our strongest and weakest traits. My empathy score was in the 99th percentile.) It was a lot of fun, a major reason being the different sorts of people who came to check into the resort. I met people from every state and probably every country.
A couple came in one morning and asked if they could cancel that night’s stay. I said yes, then asked why. The gentleman broke down in tears and told me his father had just died. I spent some time consoling him, and chatted with him for a while. They left, smiling, to go on a bike ride and clear their heads.
That evening, they came to my desk again. They made a point of coming back to the shop to thank me for my warmth that morning, and that my words helped them deal with his death. It was an incredible compliment, and it’s something I’ll never forget.
Another story comes from my other job as a funeral director’s assistant. I was a greeter at the front door that night, so I was talking to a lot of people. A woman came out of one of the chapels and asked me a question. I don’t remember what it was, but my answer was the right one. She thanked me for making her laugh during a time when she really needed to. Another incredible compliment, and another unforgettable interaction.
There are other examples, like the intimate conversations I had while on mission on a reservation or the hugs I’ve received from the kids I’ve taught, but I prefer not to put my friends and family on display. Instead, I’ll let my stories and my passions speak for themselves and trust the reader to draw their own conclusions.
Any of these skills on their own provides tremendous value. Put together, they’re something special. They have the potential to bring your business from okay to good, from good to great, or from great to outstanding. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, please send me an email. I’d love to start a conversation.