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Problem solver looking for a job
Hey guys, after a long run of looking for a job in marketing and not finding anything that panned out, I thought I would see if maybe CS could help me. Here's a link to my resume - it's for marketing, as that's what my education was focused on, but in all honesty, what I'm looking for is not a specific type of industry or job function, but for a specific type of workplace: well-functioning, focus on teamwork, intellectually stimulating, etc.
Below is my "about me" - not so much a cover letter as a description of what it might be like to have me as an employee....
Why would a company want me as an employee? Simply put, I'm a hard worker who knows that hard work alone is not good enough. Real, lasting results are produced by a confluence of factors, chief among them being teamwork, problem solving, and dedication.
I believe in teamwork because I recognize that a well-run team is greater than the sum of its parts; more than just a group of people who happen to share responsibilities, a real team involves members reacting to and reinforcing the actions of one another. Accordingly, the only conflict on a team should be constructive: ideas and possible courses of action are debated until a suitable way forward has been found, after which the team decisively acts together toward its goal. It takes time to build the trust required to work in this manner, but doing so pays big dividends.
As a problem solver, I try to see the bigger picture—the figurative ecosystem in which the problem has a life of its own. Robust solutions come from understanding a problem as the result of an array of issues that can be broken down and dealt with bit by bit. In other words, I’m usually not a fan of drastic solutions, especially those conceived in haste, without much attention to the kinds of ripple effects that may result.
My dedication comes from might be called a compulsive need to get the job done. At a previous job, I was faced with a seemingly insurmountable task for one person with a finite amount of time: about six months’ worth of unpaid invoices had accumulated before I was brought on to deal with the company’s Accounts Payable situation. It was a lesson in disaster management, but I focused on the task at hand: breaking it down into more manageable pieces, staying late when necessary, and relying on my team for support. After two months, the backlog had subsided to the point where I could focus almost entirely on the present.
I am looking for a job that satisfies, challenges, and rewards me. If possible, I’d like to try what I call the problem solving interview, where we would talk through a real problem that people in your company face and then brainstorm ways to deal with it. That way, I can let my skills speak for me in addition to my words.