Stop creating elaborate explanations stuffed with an exorbitant amount of industry jargon in a pathetic attempt to make your position and responsibilities appear on par with that of a Fortune 500 CEO. Get over yourself. Nobody is buying your line of B.S. for the same reason resumes and references are becoming a thing of the past — talk is cheap and people want to see action.
I recently presented at “Career Day” for a 1st grade class. After 10 years working in sales and marketing, it was a relief to speak with an authentic, captive audience. First grade students do not sugar-coat their responses, which makes for an interesting Q&A. The candid feedback I received from the class was a refreshing reminder to focus on the basics and K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid. The students didn’t care about fancy job titles or industry vocabulary. What do you do? Do you like your job? Do you get along with the people you work with?
Stop creating false impressions with everyone you meet. Go back to the basics. Ask yourself: would my explanation make sense to a first grade student? If not, simplify even more. You’ll have an opportunity to impress after you win them over with your humble personality and no-nonsense approach.
A First Grade Student’s Response To:
“What Do You Do For Work?”
It’s been a light couple weeks on DanLeavitt.com as I transition into a new work schedule. I was offered an opportunity that covers nearly all of the traits necessary to confidently justify a career move.
I’m taking my talents to The Original Gourmet Food Company!
Original Gourmet Lollipops are the #1 selling lollipop brand in the United States. The OGFC supplies a wide range of seasonal and everyday items to thousands of retailers throughout North America. Other products include: soft baked cookies, premium (butter) cookies, fudge, wafers, candy canes and a complete line of gift-packaged items. As for my role, just call me “Lollipop Leavitt”! I have a sweet role (pun intended) managing key accounts and developing new business with international distributors as the company expands into Canada and Mexico. The company’s tremendous past and projected growth, along with a fun environment that suits my sales/marketing background, made the opportunity particularly appealing.
Have no fear, DanLeavitt.com is not going to disappear! Expect an occasional sneak peak of the fun projects under way at Original Gourmet. I will continue offering various insights on branding, business development, and different elements of marketing, so you won’t catch me lollygagging around. Stay tuned for helpful tidbits and word on what’s popping at the OGFC (don’t expect the cheesy puns to stop, it’s too easy)!
With a nickname like “Lollipop Leavitt” I need to adopt a theme song. Suggestions?
“Pure Imagination” ~ Willy Wonka
“Candy Shop” ~ 50 Cent
“Lollipop” ~ Chordettes
So many options to choose from!