I promise that here on the Advanced Resources blog, I will soon write about pertinent job search and human capital issues. I can’t help myself from sharing, however, another personal experience this past weekend that made me think about Advanced.
I was fortunate enough to see Sting in concert this weekend and we had tickets (thanks to our friends) that gave us exclusive access to the pre-show sound check. What a treat! Sting is one of my favorite artists and it was so cool to see him so relaxed and laid back. After singing a couple of songs, Sting asked if any of the 25 of us wanted to sing with him on stage. For real! Now, I’m not a shy person and OF COURSE I would have loved to sing on stage with Sting, but I was too afraid and I didn’t raise my hand. I was paralyzed! Two other people got to go up and sing an entire song with Sting, and during the whole song, all I could say to myself was “You idiot! You missed a once in a lifetime opportunity! Who cares if you can’t sing? You know no one here but your husband and two friends, and they all know you can’t sing anyway! What were you afraid of! YOU BLEW IT!”
The lucky ones finished singing, and just as I thought Sting would continue on with the sound check, he asked if anyone else would like to sing with him. I raised my hand so fast, I almost dislocated my shoulder. He picked me (and I made my friend go with me!) and we spent the next 4 minutes and 51 seconds singing with Sting and his band. I was totally off key. My knees shook the entire time. I was nervous and giddy and silly. I don’t care! It was a once in a lifetime moment and I will never forget how awesome it felt and how much fun it was.
What I learned is that when you’re faced with an opportunity, GO FOR IT. See a job you really want? Go for it. Wrapping up an interview for a job you really want? Go for it and don’t leave without telling the interviewer that you really want the position. Maybe you have a job already but there’s a promotion you want. Go for it - let someone know and let them know why you’re the best person for the job. Maybe you’re trying to hire talent, and there’s a candidate you like but you feel like you should “see other people”. Go for it, don’t hesitate, hire the person you like! Go for it, always.
As a company, Advanced Resources has always tried to “go for it” through leadership and innovation, even when faced - for instance - with a recession. Two recessions ago we invested millions in PeopleSoft as our technology so that we could be better, faster, and smarter when it came to industry-leading automation. We’re the first in the Chicagoland area to offer CareerClip video resume technology (from Talent Rooster). We’re trying to change the experiences people have with staffing firms through our focus on Experience Excellence. We take chances on new ideas constantly, because we know there’s an opportunity for us to create a truly great company and a truly great partner for our clients and candidates.
There is always something that can hold you back. Usually it’s fear … “what if I make a fool of myself? What if I’m not qualified? What if we spend the money and the technology doesn’t work? WHAT IF I FAIL?” You don’t know unless you try, and you rarely have anything to lose.
I think it was Wayne Gretzky who famously said, “You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” He was a great hockey player, but I wonder if he could sing?