UGH. Not too long ago, I interviewed a potential hire for a director’s position that was poised, impressive and interviewed so well. This candidate had great experience and alluded to the idea that he had all the tools necessary to run the necessary department and help grow the programs to reach full potential. Of course, he was hired…shameless.
Immediately we found a problem…the candidate failed to mention that he didn’t even know how to send an email. Apparently, all the positions he had in the past didn’t include any modern technology.
Costly Problems Not only did we have to spend the time and money to train this new hire on basic modern technology, but our programs were unable to flourish while he was training. If he’d had mentioned this little detail while in the interview, we would have had the ability to choose to hire him as is with the expectation of training, or continue looking for another candidate.
Back to School It’s always good to continue to your education. Times change and we need to change with them. As technology progresses, it is your responsibility to take classes and learn how to function and work with the new technology. Technology develops to make processes easier and more efficient. When you aren’t trained in working the new technology, YOU are the factor that is slowing the process down.
My Mama Knows Best My mom went back to work when I was in high school. She wanted to apply for a job at the school district, but it required a lot of computer time which my mom never had to learn. She had stopped working when she started having children to be a full time stay-at-home mom.
Back then, technology wasn’t super developed, but it was still on the rise. Email was a staple and computer programs were essential. My mom put herself into a couple computer classes just to gain the basic skills needed for this position – she learned Microsoft Office programs as well as email. She made sure she was marketable as a potential hire.
Following in Her Footsteps We all need to stay current with our computer skills. Technology is only going to develop and the more we know, the more valuable we become. Don’t be shameless, leading on your potential employers. Go in with confidence knowing that you have all the skills needed for this position.