I thought I was ahead of the game after graduating with my BBA in Finance in 3.5 years... However, once I got to what I thought was the job I wanted, I realized it was completely not what I had hoped. Now that I've finished my English degree and teaching certification, I'm on a perpetual job hunt!
That being said, I'm trying to balance my time between work, school, my family, friends, and my amazing fiance Josh. I've got two blogs - one for my personal life and one for my wedding plans. Check them out!
I can't promise that it will be entertaining or funny, but it will definitely be ME!
Each year before our annual reviews, my company asks its employees to fill out a "Talent Survey" to assess our individual talents and weaknesses. After filling mine out this morning, I noticed there was a VAST disparity between what I wanted to say and what I actually said. See for yourself: [What I should have said will be in brackets with italics. What I actually said is in bold print]
Sales and Negotiation Skills
I have minimal sales and negotiating skills[because you have me shoved upstairs in a cubicle that doesn't have a window, much less, access to an actual living, breathing customer] .I’ve never had to negotiate a deal with a customer or try and sell a product [and I'm completely fine with that because I have no desire to further my career at this institution.]
After three [hateful, painful, deplorable, miserable, etc...] years in the credit department, I’m finally comfortable with my credit skills. I think I sometimes miss ‘big picture’ problems [because I don't care] but I have improved in knowing what kinds of questions to ask myself [such as: why am I still working here? What is the quickest way out of this hell hole? How can I minimize my efforts without being noticed?]as well as the lender[not that it matters because they don't answer the questions I ask anyways].Analyzing the balance sheet is probably my biggest weakness [again, because I don't care].
I am comfortable with a variety of administrative tasks [because my IQ is higher than 50] includingbut not limited to filing[booooorrrrring],file review[when lenders are too lazy to do it themselves],ordering UCCs and credit reports, and cooperating with assistants and documentation specialists whennecessary,[and showing up to work even when it makes me physically sick to think about sitting in an office for 8 hours, and dealing with asshole lenders, and showing up on time which is more than I can say for my coworkers].
Network Skills (side note: I had to ask my supervisor what was meant by 'network.' Was it 'networking' or like our actual computer network? He laughed and said just answer both. He obviously cares about this survey just as much, if not less, than I do.)
I am able to use our system to its full potential[again, because my IQ is higher than 50],and I have mastered the art [and yes, it is an art] of creating a proposal, spreading financial statements, and incorporating other Microsoft Office applications[even though it doesn't matter because the people who turn in the most hacked-up shitty proposal copies are praised up and down for their good work].I enjoy networking with otherlenders [only the non-douchebag ones, which severely limits my choices] and clients whenever possible [preferably at a bar where someone else is picking up the tab, although that never happens because our bank is poor now]although my experience with business networking is limited[because I don't care. However, I am pretty adept at social networking even though you choose to block facebook from me].
[Compared to the other idiots in my department] I have a firm grasp on the English language and I am able to review my colleagues’ work for misspellings and improper grammar usage.Although this may seem unnecessary[and everyone bitches about it],it makes our work appear more polished and professional[and saves our bank from looking like it's run by a bunch of incompetent rednecks. And it makes me feel smarter than my co-workers.].
I have a very very strong desire to replace the 's' for a 'z' at the end of Skills (skillz)... too much? Or just right?