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Talent Talk: Happy Valentine’s Day, Monday. Really. It’s Not You, It’s Me

Here's how to make Monday feel more like a Friday, and improve your love life, to boot.

Paul Sturgeon

February 13, 2023

2 Min Read
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Do you ever wish you could think of Monday the way you think of Friday? Since you probably spend as much time at work — if not more — than you do with the ones you love, how about taking a moment to ask yourself this question: Do I love my job? In this candidate-driven labor market, there really is no excuse for not having a job you wake up for that you enjoy.

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to update your resume so you can, perhaps, consider a change, you need to do it now. But it's Valentine's Day — or at least it will be on Tuesday — so you also need to write a love letter to your special other. I hate choosing, so let's do both!

In fact, there are some similarities. Just as your love letter should use elegant and carefully chosen words to express your feelings, your resume should use powerful and carefully chosen words to express the impact you can have on a company. And let's be honest: You’re usually happier at home if you're happier at work, and vice versa. So, let's look at some examples of how to improve both your love life and your resume:

Love Letter

Resume

Honey, you are truly amazing.

I achieved 120% of my sales goal.

I am captivated by your charming personality.

My design change captured industry attention and contributed over 500K to the project’s bottom line.

My darling, you look enchanting tonight.

Our team delivered improvements in product quality, eliminating over half of our rework costs.

You are the most giving and genuine person I’ve ever met.

Our sales initiatives generated several new key accounts and the company gained nearly $2 million in new revenue.

I’ve never met anyone as stunning as you and at the same time such a sweetheart.

By streamlining the process, we cut production time by 8%, saving almost 100K per month.

 

paul-sturgeon-150.jpgAbout the author

Paul Sturgeon is CEO of KLA Industries, a national search firm specializing in plastics, packaging, and polymer technology. If you have a topic you would like to see discussed, a company that is growing, or other ideas for this blog, e-mail Sturgeon at [email protected].

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