A good friend of mine was just let go from his job this week and he’s one of many people I know going through this. The unfortunate part is that those who keep getting let go seem to be the best employees that any company would be happy to have on staff, so I’m going to take the time to focus on two of them in hopes that maybe someone will see that their past employer’s mistake can be their gain.
Alexandra is an amazingly articulate writer who can tackle even the most serious of subjects and somehow make you laugh so hard you’ll have tears streaming down your face. She frequently tackles the subject of cancer on her blog and I don’t know too many people who can get me laughing about something like that but her. She’s one of the most well-rounded workers an employer could ever hope for. He background runs the gamut from theatrical scenic work and professional stand-up comedian to detail oriented office manager and design consultant. To be honest, I’m convinced that she can do anything that comes her way. Alexandra’s amazing ability to adapt to change in an organization is only outdone by her stellar ability to turn customer service into an art form. If you need someone to re-write all your training material into an SOP booklet people will be fighting each other to get their hands on then she’s your gal. This wordsmith can make even the driest of materials insightful and humorous. Check out her blog, her LinkedIn, and scoop her up before someone else does.
Ken is the go-to guy you want on your team if you have a live event to coordinate or manage. His guest service skills were perfected over his many years of experience with Disney and have left him with the ability to make fast-paced decisions to keep your event running successfully. He has theme park and hotel experience that keeps him well rooted in the hospitality industry and will ensure he can work in any type of office atmosphere he would be needed in. Most recently he was responsible for the implementing the logistics for special events, coordinating donor relations activities, and evaluating budgets with a fine tooth comb. Ken is one of the most determined and passionate employees any company could hope for. Once on your staff his goal is to always look out for the best of the organization in all ways possible. Check out his LinkedIn profile and let him lead your next live event project towards the applause of your CEO or President.
Being let go from a job is hard enough, but in today’s economy it is definitely more difficult to turn around and find a new job when your experiences are so broad. Over the years I always thought it was good to stay well-rounded, until my resume became so versatile that no one could figure out exactly how I would best fit into their company. Now I understand that there is a very fine line between being well-rounded and an enigma that employers are confused by. I like to relate it to my performance days. Sometimes casting directors can’t see that the best performer to cast is the one right in front of them unless they are handed an opportunity to see them already fulfilling the role they are auditioning for. Obviously in performing arts, and even in the traditional job world, most people don’t get a chance to actual fill the role they are auditioning or applying for before being hired. Therefore, we’ve all got to get a bit creative to make sure the casting director or HR representative can see what is right in front of them.