Presidential Lessons to Help your Job Search and Job Transition
On President's Day, I thought it might be interesting to consider what you might learn from some previous inhabitants of The White House to help you in your job transition journey.
You can't do it on your own
Although a great writer, Abe Lincoln often solicited advice from advisers and Cabinet colleagues. Secretary of State William Seward contributed substantially to Lincoln's first Inaugural.
Lincoln's famous "mystic chords of memory" was suggested by Seward who proposed ''The mystic chords which, proceeding from so many battlefields and so many patriot graves, pass through all the hearts and hearths in the broad continent of ours, will yet again harmonize in their ancient music when breathed upon by the guardian angel of our nation.''
Lincoln revised this to make it sharper and more impactful. ''The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as they surely will be, by the better angels of our nature.''
Good Content including Resumes Take Time
Woodrow Wilson wrote "If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”
Your resume is the equivalent of Wilson's ten minute speech. The more compact, concise and informative you need to be, the more time it will take. Before Lincoln's second Inaugural (only 701 words long) he asked not to receive any visitors between 3-7pm for the week prior, so he could prepare his speech.
This story has variously been attributed to numerous candidates. A man throws his shoe at long winded speaker, but misses and hits woman sitting on stage who responds, “Hit me again, I can still hear him.”
Be careful that you don't ramble on at interview.
Not Sure about this one!
One reporter wrote of FDR “I never met anyone who showed greater capacity for avoiding a direct answer while giving the questioner a feeling it had been answered.” A good political skill definitely, but maybe not best for interview.
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He is Co-host JobTalk on Chicago local radio and board member Community Career Center, Naperville.