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New Job Jitters: Failure was never an option

Written by Olivia Russell, Recruiter, JFC Workforce

New JobBy nature, I am a methodical person- I like to know the reasons why something is the way it is, how to tackle tasks in a very clear and practical way, any potential roadblocks (and what the response to those would be), and what the end goal is. During my first year here, I can confidently say those things were a huge deterrent to my success. I wouldn’t take action until I was 100% confident in what I was doing and I didn’t know how to ask the right questions in order to understand the “whys”, “hows”, and “whats”.  The conversations I was having with both clients and candidates were lacking clarity, depth, and understanding, which lead to continual frustrations and failures. I wanted so badly to be successful and to represent JFC well and I felt that I was continually coming up short.

For me, failing was not an option; I wanted to make a name for myself while continuing to establish JFC as a competitor in this industry. Thankfully, I work with an incredibly supportive team so I was able to access countless trainings, have one-on-one conversations with my mentor, and spend a lot of time with my branch manager and select senior management. Having that access made all the difference- it allowed me to think about things differently and to take a new approach to my conversations, with that came a new approach to asking the right questions. This is an ever-developing skill but I think it’s safe to say there is a direct correlation between asking the right questions and having a higher placement retention. I was able to see a clear shift between simply staffing each position and recruiting/screening the right candidate(s) for each position. I ask better questions during the interview and really try to hear what the candidate is looking for; much the same, I ask more probing questions with clients in order to hear what really matters to them in the candidate(s) they choose.

In my experience, the key to success is to go after each learning experience, whether that’s a training you’ve already sat in on, to ask a senior manager if you can bend their ear over lunch, to have a conversation that intimidates you, to ask the same question a fourth time. Whenever you think you have it all figured out, I promise, you don’t. If you can allow yourself to learn from your failures and disappointments, you will be better for it.

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Vulnerability & Professional Development

What does Professional Development mean to me…

By Jen Silvetti, JFC Workforce Branch Manager 

Honestly- I didn’t know what it was until I started working at JFC.  Every other job previously was just that, a job.  I showed up on time every day and worked to the best of my ability.  Not until I joined the JFC work family did my professional and personal worlds collide so drastically.

I started almost 4 years ago in, what I thought would be, a job.  I still was showing up on time and working to the best of my ability.  Then only after one year I heard a knock at the door- it was opportunity. (I know it sounds cliché doesn’t it?)

Well, for those who know my personality, I am one to take advantage of opportunity.  This meant stepping into the role of Branch Manager in the very branch I was already working in.  Wow- can you imagine?  There I sat managing those who I called my team just the week prior. What was I getting into?  I will admit, it took some time to find my way.

My previous life of corralling preschoolers and probationers did not prepare me for this new world of Staffing and Management- wait yes it did.

I was not managing, I was coaching.  Everything I have done up until this point has shaped me in some way.  My life has created a virtual tool belt and I get to utilize it every day.  One has no idea what tool she will be called to use at a moments notice.  Since working with our Chief Enthusiasm Officer (Jimmy) and the JFC work family, I have been provided with a never ending supply of tools.

What I needed most was to be vulnerable; being afraid to make mistakes and fail.  Or as someone that I met just recently referred to them, see the opportunities in every failure.

How cool is that?

human eye tearingWith this mindset, you have nothing more to do than grow. All these years, I had no idea that being vulnerable was even “a thing” until I heard it and read more about it. I had always thought that this was a sign of weakness and a flaw I had. Since working at JFC, I have grown comfortable embracing vulnerability.  I now know that it is merely something to be conscious of and continue to work through.

Vulnerable by many means, “susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.” Susceptible yes- but you must have the courage to face it.

Over the last few years, I have learned how to cope, manage and coach through my vulnerabilities throughout my development.  JFC has provided such a variety of ways to do this.  I have never in any workplace felt so respected and encouraged. I feel safe enough to make mistakes and question things as long as I still have the openness to keep getting better (and receive feedback).

Also, I am no better or worse than anyone else. These skills that I have learned, and continue to learn, not only help me the 40 hours a week at work but also with my personal life. I am so excited and passionate about my growth, I love sharing it with others anytime I can.  As you can imagine, not everyone is open and vulnerable.  But I will continue to learn and share as much as I can.

Thank you to JFC for showing me how important Professional Development is!

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.