Unless You Have the Will, There’s No Way You’ll Get the Job
Hiring managers instinctively sniff out people who apply for jobs without actually having the willingness to do the job.
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No amount of resume massaging, no amount of interview coaching, no number of academic degrees will make you a good employee if you are not willing to do the job. Hiring managers instinctively sniff out people who apply for jobs without actually having the willingness to do the job. When it comes time to hire, HR will look for the willing applicants.
Willingness is something that people rarely talk about directly. So, most people don't have a framework to understand what "willingness" actually is.
Owning the control
Willingness means that you won't seek other people to blame when things go poorly. If you are willing to do your job, it means you will never complain about your boss, your role, your desk, or anything else. Instead, you recognize that you have the power to bring about the changes you need to get the job done. A person willing to do their job will have only themselves to blame when things aren't going well.
Leaving when you aren't useful anymore
Willingness to do the job means that sometimes you have to fire yourself. When you've outgrown your role, your team, or your company, you won't be best suited for your job anymore. In this case, you are willing to leave your job since you can't do the job well.
Commitment to the goal
Willingness to do the job means that you'll get the job done even when your personal needs aren't being met. People create personal needs like the need for approval or praise, or the need to make a difference in the world. These needs often take center stage and an employee will do work only when it results in their personal need being met. Those people make difficult employees. An excellent employee is one who remains dedicated to the goal until the goal is met. If they find that their unmet needs are causing them to be bad workers, then they simply fire themselves.
Willingness to do a job is the number one trait of a good employee. Developing willingness doesn't happen overnight. Each person must recognize when he or she is acting as an unwilling employee. Each complaint, each lazy day, each glance at the clock signals that you are unwilling. Explore your own reasons for showing up to work everyday without a true willingness to get the job done.
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