Lett's Set A Spell

Recommendations to graduates and job seekers
Jun. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

The basic R’s — reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic — in education are no longer sufficient to surviving and succeeding in today’s complex society. All of us must know a lot more to compete and especially to thrive.   

Achievement in any vocation demands ongoing academic ability and specialized training and requires more expertise and motivation. Problems with the economy, particularly in regard to job losses and less hiring, are forcing ongoing reassessment, re-education, resiliency and reinvention in our personal and professional lives.

The best companies are looking for knowledgeable individuals who bring innovation and creativity to a position as well as disciplined work habits and constructive attitudes. Job seekers who acquire exciting positions are usually well rounded in terms of intelligence and personality.   

Today’s ever changing marketplace is a challenging turbulent field for seasoned workers as well as recent graduates. To graduates entering the employment arena and all job seekers, here are some points to ponder:

(1) Appreciate the basics  

Remember that reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic will always be important for functioning in society. Reading opens doors to vast worlds and increases knowledge while writing helps us articulate our knowledge in whatever subjects or fields we pursue. Basic ‘rithmetic is necessary to balance our checkbooks, calculate expenses and maintain fundamental financial records.

(2) Take personal responsibility  

Responsibility is our ability to respond to others and to life. Graduates must take personal responsibility for motivating themselves, preparing a resume, researching jobs, answering employment ads and writing letters that summarize qualifications. Job seekers will benefit by volunteering time and/or being willing to work for low pay to develop more expertise. In accepting responsibility, it is important to honor the needs of family, friends, co-workers and a community.

(3) Consider the importance of passion  

Remember that passion and purpose are crucial components of long-term success. While there is ample advice on every aspect of getting an education and securing a job, the most important suggestion I can offer to any graduate is to be true to yourself. In your pursuit of health and happiness, figure out what excites you and explore opportunities to incorporate passion and purpose in your personal and professional life.

(4) Get ready for your future  

Readiness for employment opportunities and/or additional studies requires willingness, preferably eagerness, to set goals, determine objectives and develop strategies that enhance businesses and institutions and upgrade the community. Learning to communicate well with others is just as important as any subject mastery or business course.

(5) Be prepared to reinvent yourself  

Reinvention is the new reality show. In the past having a stable position with a reputable company was viewed as preferable, but today the norm includes multiple jobs and career changes. For veterans in the marketplace and newcomers to the working world, two important attributes are innovation and flexibility.

Today’s graduates will have more obstacles and yet more opportunities to develop a higher level of excellence and a greater sense of purpose in their endeavors to either find a job in the marketplace, create suitable employment or even start a business. This necessary growth will encourage individuals to discover more fulfilling work and achieve a more satisfying life.         

AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest;” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299 or LettsSetaSpell@aol.com.